By Judy Kurtz - 05/07/12 10:58 PM EDT
Breaking news in what we’re calling the “Jay Carney eyewear watch”: The White House press secretary says he’s glued to his glasses for the foreseeable future.
Carney recently revealed in a conversation with ITK that an eye condition keeps him from ditching his specs and popping in some contact lenses.
When we inquired whether he would consider giving Lasik surgery a shot, his wife, ABC journalist Claire Shipman, chimed in that she likes her hubby in glasses.
ITK readers know we’ve been closely eyeing Carney’s ever-changing choice of specs.
Last summer, the 46-year-old press secretary told reporters he got a new prescription and shocked onlookers as he traded in his unframed lenses for what he dubbed a “retro-nerdy” set of dark rims.
Some members of the White House press corps called the look “hipster” and said the pair reminded them of Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent.
But in a dramatic turn of events, mere weeks after the big switch, the new eyewear was MIA.
Carney lamented that he lost the glasses, saying, “I was buying my son a bike for his birthday … I think when I was taking it off the bike rack at home … I had my sunglasses on, I had the other ones, and I think I put them on the bumper and then drove off.”
Carney then sported his third set of fashionable vision-correctors in less than six months, donning some tortoiseshell-colored frames at a February briefing and slyly telling journos, “You think these are new? Maybe … These could be old. They could be new.”
Lately Carney has been seen wearing what appears to be the original pair of frame-less glasses he sported his first day on the job.