WH Press Secretary Jay Carney Sports Post-Holiday Beard

Jan 6, 2014 5:36pm

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.)

“It’s actually an homage to Mark Knoller,” Carney later added, referencing a CBS News White House correspondent who regularly dons a beard.


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.


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