It’s clear that Jay Carney, press secretary to President Obama, got hammered at the podium on Tuesday, May 14 in response to tough questions about the Administration’s handling of three crises. The first crisis involved reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted certain political groups. The second crisis involved the U.S. Justice Department’s seizing of multiple phone records at various offices of The Associated Press allegedly to plug a serious national security leak. Finally, there’s ongoing criticism tied to recent Congressional hearings about the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
So, as part of our efforts to educate about the role of White House press secretaries — and the larger issue of managing communications in a crisis — here are some clips from other presidential press secretaries about how they viewed their jobs as well as clips of some in action.