White House's Jay Carney, circa 1997: "Pork Lives!"

Thanks to C-SPAN's Howard Mortman for sending this fun clip from 16 years ago, when a nearly pubescent Jay Carney, now President Obama's press secretary and then a scribe at Time magazine, noted that "pork lives!" in response to a caller citing a 1997 Reason story about then-Sen. Dick Lugar's promotion of a "Popcorn Research Council."

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  • Caleb Turberville||

    Help me out here, which of the three male characters did Jay Carney play: Ross, Chandler, or Joey?

  • SugarFree||

    He was the mentally disabled street urchin Phoebe adopted in the last season as a stunt to boost ratings. It didn't work and he was quietly written off the show. Eventually they retconned it to explain that he suffocated while playing with a dry cleaning bag and Monica served him at her restaurant to get rid of the body.

  • RBS||

    Didn't I see that on Tales From the Crypt?

  • SugarFree||

    It was the crossover episode.

  • BakedPenguin||

    And those episodes were still better than Joey.

  • SugarFree||

    And Joey episodes are far, far worse than episodes of Episodes, but better than the episodes-within-episodes of the show Episodes is about.

  • Michael||

    Matthew Brock, I think.

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  • some guy||

    Mr. Carney is older and wiser now. You need an inside view if you want to understand what makes the federal government run.

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  • kinnath||

    It's bottling day. 15 gallons of mead and 6 gallons of melomel should be in bottles by the end of the afternoon.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    15 gallons of mead?! Having an Saxon war band over for feasting?

  • Brandybuck||

    Don't let Maven catch you selling any out the back door.

  • CE||

    In FY1997, federal spending was 1.6 trillion dollars, a full 2 trillion dollars less than in FY2013.

    If only we could bring back some 1997 style pork barrel spending!

  • Duke||

    Watching this clip is like getting in a time machine that goes to nowhere. Same old corrupt big government that’s only up to no good. Rascals!

  • sarcasmic||

    "Pork lives!"

    He talking shit about John's girlfriend?

  • Raven Nation||

    All press secretaries are weasels to some extent, but Carney seems especially despicable.

  • Rich||

    I imagine David Axelrod finds that video disturbing.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The caller was Stossel. Dead giveaway at 1:45 mark.

  • Farturo||

    I heard a mustache brush against the phone receiver too.

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