altJay Carney may or may not have remembered to give his mother a buzz on the phone on her birthday, but at least he gifted her with a belated shout-out on T.V.

During Thursday’s briefing with reporters, the White House press secretary mentioned President Obama made an executive action on October 24. Carney suddenly seemed to realize the personal significance of that date, “if that’s the day, my mother’s birthday.” Carney then looked into the camera and gave a, “Hi, mom.”

He then wondered out loud, “I hope I called her.”