After fielding more than 60 questions on Tuesday from the White House press corps on hot-button topics ranging from The Associated Press phone records subpoenas to Benghazi, Libya, to the IRS scandal, Carney looked to be worn out — as pointed out by The Washington Post's spread of seven of Carney's most haggard-looking faces.
But despite absorbing the media's daily questioning and dealing with moments of extreme pressure, Carney says he wears the burden "lightly."
"It is a privilege every day to stand here," he said. "And I wear the so-called burden lightly because I believe in what we're doing and what we're doing in this room.
"I think that it may sound odd, but I enjoy coming out here when it is challenging because I think this is a portion of our democracy at work. To be a part of it is a rare privilege."