White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer threatened to channel Melissa McCarthy at his daily briefing today. In response to a question about a post from his Twitter account-which went up 22 minutes after this month's jobs report, in apparent violation of a (fairly obscure) federal rule-Spicer referenced the recurring Saturday Night Live depiction of him:
In the sketches, McCarthy plays a comically combative figure who at one point physically moves her podium to assume a more intimidating stance towards the assembled press:
Spicer was a little worked up because the violation seemed trivial in light of this month's jobs report, which showed the economy added 235,000 non-farm jobs. The unemployment rate was down one tenth of a percent, to 4.7. This is a strong showing, but largely falls within the pattern of the last several years. Nonetheless, Republicans trumpeted the numbers, even when they had a slightly different take on better growth numbers last February:
Kevin Brady on the February 2016 job report v. Kevin Brady on February 2017 job report. What could have changed? pic.twitter.com/OrtMXrXqOC- Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) March 10, 2017
To his credit, Spicer has always taken his SNL alter ego in stride, calling McCarthy's shtick "funny." Not so much for his boss: The president had a sad when he found out his press secretary was portrayed by a woman.
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