"On Plan B, there is no backup plan," Carney said. "It is Congress' responsibility to pay the bills of the United States. This is not about future spending. We will have that debate and continue to have the debate about the budgets that we design and the path forward in deficit reduction. And the president's principles in this matter are very clear. You know, there is no alternative to Congress raising the debt ceiling. It is its responsibility. Congress has to pay the bills of the United States."
That may look like a thumbs down. But compare it to his absolute dismissal of the idea that the 14th Amendment empowers the executive branch to ignore the debt limit and continue to issue debt.
"[W]e don't believe it provides the authority that some believe it does," he said. "But the point here is because of a resistance to the reality that Congress has a responsibility to pay the bills that it has racked up, we shouldn't be pursuing these kinds of options. Congress should simply do its job."
That's much more conclusive. We know that, after consulting counsel, President Obama foreclosed on using the 14th Amendment as a debt limit workaround. Reading the tea leaves, it doesn't look like the administration has reached the same, if any, conclusion about the platinum coin option.