White House Surprised by Bloomberg’s Obama Endorsement

Jay Carney at a White House press briefing in March. (Photo: Getty)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney talked to reporters about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Barack Obama before Air Force One landed in Las Vegas this afternoon. However, Mr. Carney didn’t have much to say about the announcement, because the president has yet to communicate with his newest high-profile backer.

According to the White House press pool report, Mr. Carney didn’t have any statement on the matter since he said he hadn’t talked about it with the president either. In fact, Mr. Carney said he wasn’t even sure whether the president was aware of the endorsement.

Mayor Bloomberg made his announcement in a lengthy essay posted in an op-ed written for the online editorial section of his eponymous media company. He said his main reason for the last-minute endorsement was the president’s policies on climate change, which he described as an issue that’s “too important” to ignore in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York City and elsewhere. White House Surprised by Bloomberg’s Obama Endorsement