White House Distances Itself From Hilary Rosen

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The Obama administration today tried to distance itself from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's controversial comments about Ann Romney, pushing back against reports that Rosen is a frequent visitor to the White House.

"I don't know how to assess her overall relationship with people here in the White House, but … I have not seen her here very frequently," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at the daily White House briefing.

Carney said he has not spoken with the president about Rosen's comment that Ann Romney has not "worked a day in her life," but was quick to point out, "I think we can all agree, Democrats and Republicans, that raising children is an extremely difficult job, and that is true for all mothers as well as fathers."

Carney refuted reports that Rosen has visited the White House 35 times, saying, "I know three, personally, women named Hilary Rosen, so I'm not sure that those represent the person we're talking about necessarily. So I really can't comment on the number of visits, since I'm not sure that's accurate."