White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says he won't "comb over" a question if President Obama sought out Donald Trump's endorsement. This of course comes as 2012 Republican presidential universe is focusing in Mitt Romney getting the backing of business tycoon and reality host Donald Trump.
The "comb-over" comment is of course a reference to Trump's famous (or infamous?) golden locks. The brunt of many late-night jokes, many years speculation if it's real (Trump says it is), and wondering just how it stays in place in strong wind.
Trump's endorsement in the GOP has driven the political news cycle over the last 24-hours, and there was first speculation and reporting that he'd pick former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over Romney. Trump has met with several of the candidates in New York City, and even non-candidate Sarah Palin.
The tycoon, who also flirted with a presidential run himself, is also in the midst of launching the next season of "Celebrity Apprentice" which starts on NBC in a couple weeks.
In Thursday's White House briefing, Carney was asked if the president sought out Trump's endorsement, and an exchange that ensued some laughing and one-liners in the briefing room:
"Carney: I'm not going to comb over that question (laughter). It's good, right?There's a danger in speaking off the cuff.Reporter: Off the top of your head?Reporter: Don't just brush this off.Carney: You guys are pretty good. Look, the only comment I will have beyond the one I just made is that I think the President gave his views about Mr. Trump at the dinner that many of you attended (laughter) last spring."
Trump was seen at the dinner with ice-cold stare sitting at a table and didn't seem to appreciate comments from the president during what is normally a light-hearted affair with a little ribbing and laughter with the White House press corps.
Last April at the dinner Obama joked that Trump would make 1600 Pennsylvania Ave into the "Trump White House Resort and Casino," showing an image the White House with bikini-clad girls in the North Lawn fountain.
Trump also immersed himself into the political debate last year when he called for Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.
After the birth certificate driving the news again, Obama did end up putting the long-form version out, after having done the short form years earlier, trying to put aside the issue once and for all.
Obama joked at the dinner, "I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald. And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter -- like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"