White House staffers are using the hashtag #TheBearIsLoose when President Obama goes off his tightly held official schedule
and casually meets with members of the public. He was castigated by Republicans for doing so this week as the humanitarian situation on the border with Mexico worsens.
"If I had known then what I know now, I would have succumbed less often to chasing the same soccer ball down the field that everybody else was."
— Former White House press secretary Jay Carney’s exit interview
"I have loved every minute of every day, even the many minutes of many days that I’ve spent in this room."
— Outgoing White House press secretary Jay Carney delivers his last press briefing.