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Carney reacts to 'the many faces of Jay'

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"I can't do that because, if I did, you wouldn't be able to see the many faces of Jay in reaction to today's news, or yesterday's rather, provided, of course, by our good friends at The Washington Post. But it is, as they say, part of the job," he said.

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."