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White House press secretary Jay Carney out; deputy Josh Earnest will take over

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney holds the daily White House Press Briefing, answering questions on Obamacare, Bill Clinton, Iran, and oher topics on November 12, 2013.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney holds the daily White House Press Briefing, answering questions on Obamacare, Bill Clinton, Iran, and oher topics on November 12, 2013.

Jay Carney is stepping down as White House press secretary, President Barack Obama announced on Friday.

Obama said Carney told him of his decision in April, and Carney later said he plans to leave the position in mid-June.

The President announced that deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will step into the role.

Obama considers Carney “one of my closest friends.”

“He’s got good judgment. He has good temperament and he’s got a good heart, and I will miss him a lot,” Obama said.

Carney previously spent 21 years in journalism, including a stint as Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, and Obama noted that he went from one of those asking the questions to the person behind the podium in the White House briefing room.

Then White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest answers questions from the press corps on chemical attacks in Syria during the daily press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on August 21, 2013.

Then White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest answers questions from the press corps on chemical attacks in Syria during the daily press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on August 21, 2013.

He is Obama’s second press secretary during the more than five years of his presidency.

Carney took over in 2011 when Robert Gibbs stepped down, and has been Obama’s chief spokesman through budget battles with Congress, the 2012 reelection, the rocky Obamacare rollout, the controversy over the Benghazi terror attack, the Edward Snowden NSA leaks, and now the scandal engulfing the Veterans Affairs Department.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” Carney told reporters.

“In midlife you don’t often make a whole new set of friends, and not just friends, but people you would fight by and for under any circumstances and that’s certainly what I have been lucky enough to get over these past five and a half years,” he said.

Carney said that he’s had discussions about what’s next for him but hasn’t made any firm decisions.

He was a former director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden before ascending to the White House job he has now.

Carney’s married to journalist Claire Shipman, a senior correspondent for ABC News.

As for Carney’s successor, Obama called Earnest a “straight shooter and a great guy.”

He said their history dates to the 2008 Iowa caucus, where Earnest served as Obama’s communication’s director in the Hawkeye State.

“As you know, his name describes his demeanor,” the President said of Earnest.

7 comments

  • Ron Melancon

    Maybe he couldn’t handle telling all the mis truths anymore…..after awhile telling all of these for lack of better words lies will catch up to the person who is speaking

  • athynz

    So one liar that was the “face to the press” of another liar is exchanged for what? Yet another liar? I believe Ron hit it square on the head – Carney could not take the heat. If only his boss felt the same way…

  • me

    May as well just have a Soros Media Matters “Talking Points” Teleprompter stationed in the room
    for all they are worth.
    .

  • Troll

    See the above useless half-wits. The entire “congress of losers” of the WTVR comment board have come together to spit on good people. It takes all kinds, even the kind of loser commenters above devoting their miserable pathetic lives to spewing ignorance and hatred. Fortunately, their kind of loser is outnumbered by intelligent and understanding people with purpose to their lives. We should feel sorry for them, manalishi, ron, athynz, becky, and their alter names.

    • athynz

      Speaking of useless half wits David can’t you go a single comment without insulting someone? Your posts speak of a true lack of anything resembling cognitive functionality and are a far cry from common courtesy. But sure go ahead and rush to defend your messiah and his former court jester. And what exactly is your fascination with me anyhow dude?

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