The never-ending debt ceiling debate appears to be making White House Press Secretary Jay Carney punchy. Here’s how he began this afternoon’s press conference:
CARNEY: Last night, the President called Senate Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mitchell, and House Minority Leader Pelosi to discuss progress we are making — Mitch McConnell, sorry — Mitch Mitchell, in addition to being a great drummer for Jimi Hendrix, is also a guitarist in Guided by Voices — (laughter) — a different Mitch Mitchell. (Laughter.)
CARNEY: It just — let’s motor on here.
Q: I didn’t know the President was a fan of Guided by Voices.
CARNEY: I’m working on him.
This exchange comes two weeks after Carney ended a semantic debate over “cutting” vs. “slashing” entitlements by citing Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash. Which proves just how big of a rock geek Jay Carney is (although I should probably not throw stones in that particular glass house).
In honor of Carney’s hipsterish flub — and to help him expose the President to the joys of late-90s indie rock — here is Guided By Voices’ “Teenage FBI.” (Yes, I know this song was recorded after Mitch Mitchell left GBV. I’m posting it anyway because it’s got FBI in its name, which gives it a federal angle.)
And for good measure, here’s the drummer version of Mitch Mitchell, going nuts with Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival:
Counterfeit Meats Says:
July 20th, 2011 at 10:46 pm
Well, Mitch would’ve played on Teenage FBI at Edgefest ’96 in Dayton, which was the last “classic lineup” gig until a year ago, so I’ll give you half-credit, especially since you *get* that Carney obviously was thinking about the GbV man and not Hendrix’s drummer when he made the slip.