Vice presidential spokesman criticizes 'Game Change' before attending party for it

Jay Carney, Vice President Joe Biden’s spokesman, celebrated the success of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's new book "Game Change" on Monday night, only hours after he said the book left a "gross misimpression" of Biden's working relationship in the White House with President Barack Obama.

Carney was one of about 75 guests at a party at the W Hotel for the best-selling book, which has stirred up numerous controversies with its colorful, behind-the-scenes account of the 2008 presidential campaign.

Carney's statement to The Washington Post was in response to claims made in the book that then-Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) and his team excluded then-Sen. Biden (D-Del.) from conference calls out of frustration with his many gaffes.  At one point, the authors wrote, "Obama phoned Biden and laid into him."

Speaking in his capacity as the veep's spokesman, Carney questioned the book's sources, all of whom were interviewed on deep background.

"If the authors were concerned with accuracy, they might have checked their reporting with members of the vice president's staff or sought to check it with the vice president himself. They did not," said Carney.

As for why he attended the party, Carney told The Hill that he has known both authors for more than 15 years, and wanted to "congratulate them on the success of their book."

Carney added, "We disagree about how they handled some of their reporting in it, and I can't say we resolved that disagreement last night."

Author John Heilemann said the former Time Washington bureau chief was "magnanimous" when he arrived at the fete. "Carney was great."

As of Tuesday morning, "Game Change" is the best-selling book on Amazon.com.