Commie Kitsch or 'Balancing Act' from The Washingtonian Mom

In the constant juggle of managing life at home and life at work, Claire Shipman realizes that confidence is key

Alicia C. Shepard
Washingtonian MOM
Spring Issue

Note to our readers: The cover of the spring issue of Washingtonian MOM features journalist and author Claire Shipman, whose new book, The Confidence Code, cowritten with Katty Kay, goes on sale later this month. The Washingtonian MOM cover story takes a peek at the life of Shipman, her husband, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, and their two children. Shot on location at the family’s DC home, the story explores Shipman’s active role as a journalist, wife, and modern working mom.

ABC News contributor Claire Shipman is gently trying to coax her eight-year-old daughter, Della Claire Carney, to appear in a Washingtonian MOM photo shoot, in which Della might have to wear pink and comb her tangled mane.

Della is not easily swayed. She hates pink. Nor does she like to brush her hair. The daughter of Shipman and Jay Carney, President Obama’s press secretary, isn’t the kind of young girl interested in pleasing her Washington-power-couple parents, or any of the adults around her on the photo shoot for that matter. She is funny, sweet, and obviously smart, but she’s not going to budge for braids and patterned shirts.

To Shipman, 51, this is great, though it can be trying. She’d love it if every once in a while Della would run a comb through her locks. Shipman and Carney’s son, Hugo James Carney, on the other hand, spends a lot more time styling his red hair. “He’s 12 going on 16,” says Shipman. During the shoot, Hugo walked up to everyone on the production crew, held out his hand for a firm shake, and said, “Hello, I’m Hugo, nice to meet you”; to say he is a well-mannered tween is an understatement. Hugo and Della both attend Sidwell Friends School. The busy Carney-Shipman household also “parents” one-year-old Flash, a Portuguese water dog who is a cousin to the Obamas’ dog Sunny…



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CAJ note:  Here are some things we found completely fascinating:




Readers will want to view this photo at full size. What village is the family inviting to breakfast, we wondered? Slabs of bacon, mounds of sausages, plates filled with pastries, bread, and butter. Is this a Michelle Obama-approved meal?

But it was the two posters on the back wall that caught our eye.

To the left of the windows:





To the right of the windows:


"Did You Volunteer?" c. 1920 by Dmitry Stakhievich Orlov

“Did You Volunteer?” c. 1920 by Dmitry Stakhievich Orlov



In this strange photo…



…this, to the right of the little girl’s arm:

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Also, at The Blaze a reader made further observations. Follow the link to see what they noticed about this picture.

Was the family paid by each of those clothing companies for pushing the goods in this article?

This couple is informing our nation each day. The article is a pretentious joke, but their political and artistic sensibilities are extremely disconcerting.


Jay Carney Relaxes at Home with His Wife, ABC’s Claire Shipman, Their Children, and Vintage Soviet Red Army Propaganda Posters, at Ace of Spades



Update: Jay Carney puff piece goes hilariously wrong [pics]



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