Mystery of White House Reporter Unravels

A recent White House Press Briefing with Spokesman Jay Carney reveals more information on the pseudonym mystery of Mediaite‘s White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. The caper was the subject of a story published this morning by The Daily Caller, questioning just what is Christopher’s real name and why does he use a pen name?

On January 10, 2012, the following exchange transpired between Christopher and Carney. Fellow reporters observed Carney referring to Christopher as “Neal.” Christopher also revealed himself as the questioner in this story.

12:28 P.M. EST

MR. CARNEYNeal, last one.

Q    Thanks, Jay.  I have just two quick questions.  First one, Mitt Romney told supporters at an event that he knows what it’s like to worry about getting pink-slipped, and the comment is getting a lot of attention.  I’m wondering if the President had any reaction to that, and if he’s ever had to worry about — had that sort of anxiety himself?  Do you know of a time when that happened?

MR. CARNEY:  I would point you to his memoir.  I’m not — I haven’t had that discussion with him, and I have not discussed those remarks with the President.

Q    And to follow on Chris’s question.  Over the weekend, Sarah Palin tweeted out something similar, but the language that she used was very specific.  She said, “The President position on the definition of marriage is the same as Santorum’s, Gingrich’s and Romney’s.”

MR. CARNEY:  Again, I would just point you to the answer I just gave.

Q    Would that be a true statement?

MR. CARNEY:  I will just point you to what the President has said and his record —

Q    But the President — he said before that he believed that marriage was between one man and one woman, years ago.  And now he says his position is evolving.  Would it be fair to say that that definition no longer exclusively —

MR. CARNEY:  Again, I don’t have anything — I don’t have anything new to give you on this.  I appreciate the question, but the President has spoken to it.  I’m sure he’ll be asked again about it.  But as of now, I have no –nothing new for you on it.

Thank you all very much.