Carney squashes rumor of FLOTUS shopping spree
January 30th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Carney squashes rumor of FLOTUS shopping spree

White House Spokesman Jay Carney shot down rumors that the first lady dropped an eye-popping $50,000 on lingerie at a luxury shop in New York City.  The story, sparked by a British newspaper report, alleged Michelle Obama went on the shopping spree at the store Agent Provocateur and " closed off part of Madison Avenue to spend time in the luxury lingerie shop."

From today's press briefing:

Q: Jay, many people have heard the rumors about the First Lady's purchases in New York. I know it's British tabloids, but can you help us squash this rumor? In light of other -

MR. CARNEY: Neal, I'm shocked that you're the one to ask this question. But let me just answer and say that, at least when I was a reporter, usually the standard for British tabloid reporting was the assumption that it was false. In this case, it's utterly false, and it's irresponsible of an American news organization to repeat the story, even allowing that it could be true. So it's wrong.

Q: Can you provide some evidence that it's wrong? Because I'd hate to print some incorrect information.

MR. CARNEY: I'm sorry, can you provide - I'm not going to go there, Neal. It's false.


Topics: Michelle Obama • The Buzz

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  1. george of the jungle

    of course its false. British news paper my butt good ol rupert at work again. One thing our first lady does not do is over spend now or ever. Watch the repos make a big deaL out of this. Just waiting for the nasty remarks. How can you tell a repo ? by the amount of venom in their blood. Grow up guys.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • John

      Great lib thinking – Carney said it so it must be true.
      Given the fact that this administration has elevated class warfare to a new level this is a story – I assume it is true. Our media didn't want to touch the story about the 2000 dollar dress either. Maybe you libs should be a little more concerned about the lack of investigating by CNN and the other lame stream media outlets? Newts jewlery bill was investigated why not this story? This couple has you libs fooled.
      Maybe you should read the books BO wrote. It may give you a different outlook.

      January 31, 2012 at 5:52 am |
      • jboh

        Class warfare was declared against working folks by Reagan, escalated by Bush, and has been the centerpiece of TEA/GOP policy ever since. Now go drink your Koch tea.

        January 31, 2012 at 6:40 am |
      • John

        jboh – check again – the latest polls have class warfare as the number 1 issue for Americans. This happened over the past year under BO. Make up what you want, and you will because you are a lib, but the tea party candidates are the only ones who kept their word and are doing what they ran on.

        January 31, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • Trace

        you are proud to be an idiot huh?....just as thick and wrong headed as can be. How is that class warfare only started during Obama's administration? Did a certain class of people get wealthy overnite? Did the money fairy come by and put billions under their pillows as they slept? Its no wonder the GOP/Tea Potty circus is headed for extinction with supporters that can't even think beyond the faux news stupidity. And I say good riddance, this country's problems are complex and there are NO ANSWERS coming from the Tea Potty brigade of clowns.

        January 31, 2012 at 9:33 am |
      • Guest

        Awesome brains these, that point to a tabloid story in the Brit press as some sort of "evidence " against Obama! The wisdom of individuals like jerrylax, john is a bottomless pit...of unmentionable.

        January 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Joi Gibson

    So now the so-called press is quoting British tabloid. Talk about bottom feeding. Walter Cronkite and Tim Russert must be flipping in their graves. Back off the First Lady!!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Laura518

    Who was this idiot journalist asking this question? I mean, it's one thing to ask if the story is true, but then he asks them to PROVE a false story? How do you prove a negative?

    January 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  4. therik 1

    Q: Can you provide some evidence that is wrong? ...

    A: Sure, as soon as you can provide some evidence you are not a twit... LOL. Since when did it become the place of a victim of malicious story telling to prove the charge is false? You have been accused, therefore you are guilty. (?!!) The 'intellectual, objective mind' gone awry. Don't get me started...

    January 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  5. Kagee

    I highly doubt any first lady would close down a section of a busy street to buy lingerie. And then for the reporter to essentially state "prove it isn't true". What farcical nonsense.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  6. therik 1

    Oops! Correcting my grammar from earlier post

    Q: Can you provide some evidence that it's wrong? ...

    A: Sure, as soon as you can provide some evidence you are not a twit... LOL. Since when did it become the place of a victim of malicious story telling to prove the charge is false? You have been accused, therefore you are guilty. (?!!) The 'intellectual, objective mind' gone awry. Don't get me started...

    January 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  7. Dave

    It is a fact that Gingrich has yet to deny that the $500,000 spent at Tiffany's was for a tiara for the third lady.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  8. Dee

    Ladies and Gentlemen, THIS is where we are now in American politics! A supposed legitimate news professional, sitting inside the White House asks about a British news article claiming that the First Lady went on an alleged $50,000 shopping spree for, of all things, lingerie...and he wants the White House to PROVE that it's not true! Hold on tight, it's going to be a looooong 2012!

    January 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Heather

      Right. In time of economic hardship and facing a re-election, we should not be covering Democrats on spending spree's. I am sure they could find a Republican doing it instead!

      Can't have the media embarressing the wrong party!

      January 31, 2012 at 6:28 am |
      • jboh

        OK, now you've spouted your drivel. Now go get your Koch fix.

        January 31, 2012 at 6:43 am |
      • Trace

        ok Heather, as we accept your premise...because you know better, and being a woman further qualifies you on this subject (or something relatively close)....How many women would have need of $50 thousand dollars worth of lingerie?...let alone, the President hardly comes home every night, according to the doofus RNC chairman...He's always out campaigning.

        You people can't make any logical sense of any of your lies. Your entire hope is that there are enough lies that the stupid and ignorant decide to support your party at the polls.....Pathetic Indeed

        January 31, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  9. Dee

    P.S. I for one wish Michelle Obama did spend more money on clothes. I love her and I think she's beautiful but some of the outfits she chooses are questionable at best for the First Lady of the United States. I'm still trying to get over that grey dress with the gold thigh high boots she wore for the Child Nutrition Bill signing. Ugh! http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/297052-1

    January 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  10. mongopoo

    I'm sure this rises to a story of national import.

    January 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  11. thereik1

    What do I need to do to post a comment?

    January 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • jerrylax

      if its pro obama should have no problem hahaha

      January 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  12. thereik1

    Sorry folks, I had to put that one in as CNN had been holding up my comments to be moderated. Here is the real comment.

    Q: "Can you provide some evidence it's wrong?..."

    A: Sure, as soon as you can produce some evidence you're not a twit! Since when is it the place for the victim of malicious story-telling to prove the story is wrong? A case of; you have been accused, therefore you are guilty? Is this an attempt to sound objective?

    January 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • jerrylax

      since you are the president of a country that is suffering economically...you fruit cake.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
      • Trace

        ...but jerrylax, we've never asked to prove why you are an idiot, now have we? We accept it and live with it from ignorant post to post.

        Here's a similar situation.....Let's say someone was accusing you of going to the mailbox in your trailer park everyday, how would you prove you just sit in the trailer watching Jerry Springer all day and that you never go to the mailbox to get your NASCAR coupon/flyers?

        January 31, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • John

      Nice question – ask Newt and Romney.

      January 31, 2012 at 5:53 am |
  13. jerrylax

    what an arrogant answer... and refusal to prove the article false..

    January 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  14. jerrylax

    Squashed? There are three papers in the UK posting this article... But, you know Mz obama does dress better this past year or so, previously she looked like she was wearing drapes...south side chicago dress..I guess.

    January 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  15. Marlene

    When will we get over the class warfare? First, it's nobody's business how the First Lady spends her own money. Nor is it anyone's business what line of credit Newt Gingrich has at Tiffany's. They are spending their own money, so get over it! The liberals do it to the conservatives, and the conservatives do it to the liberals. Enough with the class warfare. And for a British tabloid to castigate the First Lady for spending $50K in one shopping spree, for a country that still has a royal family that performs no function other than for show and tell, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:28 am |
  16. Heather

    "...Can you help us squash....."

    Help us squash it? It's their job to squash it and they need help doing it? I thought their job was reporting, not squashing rumors? He does not start out asking if it is true or not, he asks for help to squash it.

    I find that an odd way to word a question.......

    And what does Carney consider false? Was it $39,000 and not $50,000 so it is false?

    January 31, 2012 at 6:26 am |
    • Trace

      ...take a class in critical thinking....One does not prove a false negative. I know its hard for the vapid and the intellectually deprived to think logically but give it a try so that you can go on to more complex criteria.

      January 31, 2012 at 9:43 am |