Politics

White House Says Halperin was Inappropriate, Calls MSNBC

A few hours after MSNBC political analyst and editor-at large for Time magazine, Mark Halperin, referred to President Obama as a part of the male body, the White House chief spokesman said it was completely out of line.

"The comment that was made was inappropriate," Jay Carney told a reporter who, oddly enough, was actually sitting in Time's seat in the White House briefing room. "It would be inappropriate to say that about any president of either party."

During a discussion on "Morning Joe" about the president's Tuesday news conference with reporters, Halperin warned hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that he had something to add that might call for use of the network's ability to delay things said live by seven seconds.

"Yeah, sure, come on, take a chance," Scarborough said to Halperin. "Have faith."

"Let's see what happens," Brzezinski sort of egged on.

So Halperin dropped it.

"I thought he was kind of a d--- yesterday."

Woops.

Carney, who used to work for Time as the magazine's White House correspondent, was not impressed.

"[O]n behalf of the White House I expressed that sentiment to executives at the network," he said.

That, no doubt, played into MSNBC's decision to indefinitely suspend Halperin, even though Carney said that was not his goal.

"We just expressed our concern about the inappropriateness of the comment."