Yep, he really said that.
In case you missed it, here’s the exchange between Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence which prompted the question to Jay Carney:
Wyden: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?’
Clapper: No, sir.
Wyden: It does not.
Clapper: Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.
So Clapper is claiming the NSA is not in fact collecting any type of data on Americans except in a few isolated cases where, perhaps, they may have inadvertently done so. In other words, the NSA “unwittingly” or “inadvertently” spent billions of your tax dollars to set up and staff a “gargantuan” complex in Bluffdale, Utah whose primary purpose is to collect and store data on hundreds of millions of Americans. And, naturally, Carney considers this testimony straight and direct. Of course, in Carney’s defense, the bar for providing straight and direct testimony in Obama’s administration is rather low.