Obama’s Press Sec to Reporter: “That’s a Clown Question, Bro”


January 5, 2015 5:03pm PST

A Monday press briefing at the White House got a little silly before Press Secretary Josh Earnest gave one of his familiarly noncommittal answers.

CBS News’ chief White House correspondent, Major Garrett, asked Earnest if Obama refers to UK Prime Minister David Cameron as “bro,” which was reported by the Daily Mail.

Earnest answered, “Well, to paraphrase a local baseball player here in Washington, D.C., that’s a clown question, bro.” He was referring to a response given by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

“I am not able to give much more insight about the private communications between the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,” continued the Press Secretary after the laughter died down.

Earnest did say he had no reason to doubt that Obama uses the nickname for Cameron, as the pair share a “special relationship.”

Written by Jodi Swan


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