WH press secretary's facial hair creates a buzz

McClatchy Washington BureauJanuary 6, 2014 

A shaggy White House Press Secretary Jay Carney delivers the daily press briefing

LESLEY CLARK

Press Secretary Jay Carney sparked a flurry of tweets -- and a new Twitter handle -- when he arrived for the first White House press briefing of 2014, sporting some scruff on his generally clean-shaven face.

"My wife says she likes it," Carney offered. "TMI," one reporter shot back. Carney joked that the growth was "actually an homage" to bearded CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, who later tweeted:

Before the briefing was over, two wags had created the Twitter handle, JayCarney'sBeard -- though it hadn't yet sent out any tweets. And Buzzfeed created a page, providing some of the best tweets on Carney's hirsuteness.

White House photog Pete Souza tweeted this photo of President Obama spotting Carney's fledgling beard:

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