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White House Briefing in Brief: Pushing back on Biden comments

In Monday's briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to explain that Vice President Joe Biden's comments on same-sex marriage did not mean he endorsed the issue nor was the president planning to change his "evolving" position on it anytime soon. Plus, Carney is asked whether President Obama will ask French president-elect to reconsider withdrawing his troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

Vice President Joe Biden's comments on "Meet The Press" that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same sex couples getting married sparked a slew of questions from reporters at Monday's White House press briefing. Press Secretary Carney sought to explain that Biden's comments did not mean he supported the issue, nor did it mean President Obama's "evolving" position on the issue would change any time soon.

While that issue consumed most of the air in the briefing room, Carney also got a few questions on French president-elect Francois Hollande, and whether President Obama would try to convince the new leader not to remove his NATO troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.