White House Press Secretary Jay Carney isn't quite ready to say good-bye to the holiday break - and he has the beard to prove it.
Stepping up to the podium for his first press briefing in over two weeks, Carney surprised reporters with a scruffy post-holiday beard.
"My wife says she likes it," Carney said. (Carney is married to ABC News' Claire Shipman.)
- Ann Compton (@AnnCompton) January 6, 2014
"It's actually an homage to Mark Knoller," Carney later added, referencing a CBS News White House correspondent who regularly dons a beard.
Finally, I'm a fashion trendsetter.
- Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 6, 2014
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By the end of Monday's briefing, one reporter noted Carney's facial hair had already become famous on social media.
"Your beard has a Twitter handle already," one reporter said to him.
The Twitter handle honoring Carney's scruffy face, @presssecbeard, amassed over 130 followers since Monday's press briefing.