Jay Carney quits White House post

Friday, May 30, 2014 3:28 PM
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WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney’s resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.

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Obama said it was “bittersweet” to see his friend Carney step down and announced that principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job. Carney said the ultimate transition will take place around mid-June, but Earnest will take his place traveling next week on Obama’s trip to Europe.

Carney brought rare but practical experience to the job as a former reporter who once covered the White House for Time magazine. He left journalism to become communications director for Vice President Joe Biden and subsequently moved over to serve as Obama’s press secretary in 2011.

“He comes to this place with a reporter’s perspective,” Obama told reporters after interrupting Carney midsentence at the beginning of Carney’s daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room. “That’s why, believe it or not, I think he will miss hanging out with you.”

A key component of a White House press secretary’s job is to regularly joust with reporters in an intense question-and-answer session. Obama said he is putting the “flak jacket” for dealing with the press on another friend in Earnest, who has worked with Obama since he was his communications director for the Iowa caucuses in the 2008 campaign.

The affable Earnest is well-liked within the White House press corps, and reporters applauded the announcement.

“As you know, his name describes his demeanor,” Obama said. “Josh is an earnest guy and you can’t find just a nicer individual even outside of Washington.”

Obama also teased Earnest for being the “golden voice and dulcet tones” that narrates West Wing Week, the weekly recap of White House events on YouTube. Earnest told reporters he’s “grateful and excited and relishes the opportunity to spend the next couple of years with you.”

It was Obama’s second appearance in the briefing room Friday to announce a resignation, the first being under much more somber circumstances as Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki left under pressure due to widespread problems plaguing the agency’s health care system. Obama said Carney’s job has put a strain on his family and the press secretary told him in April that he’s been wrestling with the decision whether to leave for some time.

The president said Carney plans to take the summer off before getting a new job. Carney said he’s made no decision yet on his next step, but is excited about some of the possibilities he’s begun to explore. He ruled out rumors that he would serve as ambassador to Russia, after having covered the collapse of the Soviet Empire for Time, saying his wife and two children wouldn’t welcome such a move.

Carney expressed his appreciation for working at the White House for five years, even though he says being press secretary is not easy.

“It’s an important interaction that takes place here,” Carney said. “It’s not always pretty. It could certainly be better. But to be a part of it is an honor and a joy for me. And no matter how tough the briefing is, I walk out of here having been glad to stand here.”

Obama said that Carney had demonstrated good judgment and temperament and said he will continue to rely on his advice from outside the West Wing. The two men embraced before Obama made his exit.


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Darby 05/31/14 - 03:28 pm
"Do you know what else is a product

of the Chicago way? Supply-side, or trickle-down, economics."
Where on God's green earth did THAT come from? Chicago is more like Detroit than anywhere else on the planet.

The last thing you're gonna find there is true capitalism. It's a textbook example of the American interpretation of the Communist Manifesto.

It's system breeds dependency and poverty. No supply-side in sight. Not in ANY liberal run dynasty.

Bod - Disney said it best. "A dream is a wish your heart makes." Unfortunately, your dreams don't measure up to reality. And dreams don't feed hungry stomachs.

harley_52 05/31/14 - 04:31 pm
"Bod - Disney said it best. "

Wait.....are "Bod" and "Burn" the same posters?

I was having a hard enough time keeping up with "river" and "butter."

myfather15 06/01/14 - 08:17 am

Are elections honest today? Can we really trust anything, even our elections? Especially with hundreds of thousands of DEAD PEOPLE who are still registered to vote, and still voting!!

Do a little research on George Soros and his funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into specific STATES, Secretary of State elections!! Many people would ask "Why would he concern himself with an individual States, Secretary of State election?"

Why? Because each State's Secretary of State is in charge of CERTIFIYING the election results! A good example would be Minnesota, where the George Soros funded Secretary of State kept doing recounts in the election of Al Franken over Norm Coleman, where after the original count, Coleman led by some 700 votes. But they recounted I believe 3 or 4 times and everytime, Coleman would lose a few hundred votes. They kept recounting until Franken was declared the winner by a couple hundred votes!! THAT is why Secretary of State elections are so important and why GEORGE SOROS pours millions of dollars into those elections!!

Bottom line (in my opinion) is that we can't trust ANYTHING in today's society!! Absolutely NOTHING!!

That's why my faith and trust is in God and Him alone!! He will make this world right again!! He will clean house and clean it VERY well!!

Darby 06/01/14 - 05:52 pm
"Wait.....are "Bod" and "Burn" the same posters?"

Who knows? Hard to keep my liberal ducks in a row.

Anyway, philosophically and ideologically, they are pretty much the same.

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