The Washington Times - January 24, 2014, 12:48PM

Acknowledging that his beard wasn’t measuring up, White House press secretary Jay Carney shaved it off Friday.

Mr. Carney showed up for the White House daily press briefing clean shaven for the first time in 2014, to a smattering of applause from the press corps.


He said he got rid of the beard because presidential speechwriter Cody Keenan sports a fuller beard that was providing “a daily reminder of the insufficiency of my effort.”

Mr. Carney also said he’d heard that ABC News correspondent Ann Compton wagered that he would shave before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, “and I didn’t want her to lose money.”

“The time had come to shave,” he said. “So here I am, the old me.”