Politico‘s Byron Tau reported this weekend on White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s odd word choice at Friday’s press briefing. Carney surprised the press corps while talking about the current political battle between the White House and Republicans over the payroll tax on Friday. Carney said “Pick your metaphor, window dressing, or gorilla dust”… Wait. Gorilla dust? What the hell is gorilla dust? Mark Knoller and others in the press immediately picked up on it and asked Carney for clarification. The Double Tongued Dictionary defines it as “bluffing, posturing or hollow attempts at intimidation.” Of all the analogies floating around Washington, we’ve never encountered Gorilla Dust before. So we reached out to Jared Rizzi, Producer & Washington Correspondent for POTUS Radio on SiriusXM, who interacts with Carney on a regular basis. He says this isn’t the first time he has heard the expression. He tells FishbowlDC that an old Political Science Professor at the University of Notre Dame used to say it.
Video of Carney’s explanation below.