President Barack Obama and former White House press secretary Jay Carney always had a very close relationship. When the latter’s time in the administration ended and he joined CNN to become a political correspondent, it was assumed that he would follow in the lead of other former Obama Administration members like David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs – both of whom never miss an opportunity to praise their old boss.
That is why what happened yesterday came as such a surprise.
While appearing on CNN and offering his opinion on President Obama’s executive action to halt the deportation of roughly 5 million people, Carney acknowledged that Obama was "literally" doing what he promised he wouldn’t do.
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“I think if he could have those words back, especially the first clip where he specifically talked about suspending deportations — that is literally what he is doing today,” Carney said. “In later instances, including when I was there, he would speak carefully about what he could not do as president. He can’t change the law. He can’t provide a path to citizenship.”
The positives and negatives of President Obama’s executive action can and will be debated in the coming weeks. However, there is no denying -- not even by his political allies -- that on Thursday evening he did exactly what he once pledged he would not do.