01/06/2014 02:43 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Jay Carney Has A Beard Now

Jay Carney has returned from the holiday break, and he now has a beard, people.

Carney's appearance at Monday's White House press briefing created a frenzy among reporters. The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery tweeted:

"My wife says she likes it, so there," Carney told the press corps. He joked that his new look was modeled after CBS News' Mark Knoller's beard.

Knoller tweeted in response:

Other journalists' reactions ranged from "ZOMG" and "Oh god" to calling Carney a "hipster," and...