White House Press Secretary Jay Carney appeared to have little interest Wednesday in weighing in on the debate over whether singer Beyonce was lip-syncing when she sang the national anthem at President Obamaâ€™s second inauguration.
Noting that he has â€śno ideaâ€ť whatâ€™s true on the matter given that whatâ€™s been reported thus far has been inconsistent, he referred reporters to the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the joint congressional panel that handles the inaugural ceremonies.
â€śAs powerful as this office is, we donâ€™t control the weather,â€ť he said, noting that pre-recordings were made as a precaution, just as they were for the 2009 inauguration.
In response to several more questions on the issue, Carney deadpanned, â€śIâ€™m glad you guys are focused on the important issues of the day here.â€ť
A spokesman for the Marine Corps band has said that the music accompanying Beyonce was pre-recorded. ButÂ he could not say whether Beyonce was lip-syncing or actually singing, referring reporters to the PresidentialÂ Inaugural Committee and the singer herself.