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Obama's spokesman Jay Carney unexpectedly resigns

Published time: May 30, 2014 18:01
Edited time: May 31, 2014 17:47
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

United States President Barack Obama announced Friday afternoon that he’s accepted the resignation of White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Josh Earnest, the White House special assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary, will assume Carney’s role, Obama said during a surprise appearance from the commander-in-chief during a scheduled briefing Friday afternoon.

“His name describes his demeanor,” Obama said of the incoming press secretary. “Josh is an earnest guy and you can’t find just a nicer individual.”

Carney, the 49-year-old former Moscow bureau chief for Time Magazine, told reporters after the president’s remarks that his last three-and-a-half years as the White House press secretary has been an “amazing experience” and “so fulfilling.”

Pres. Obama’s announcement came less than three hours after he confirmed during a separate press conference that morning that he had moments earlier accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in the midst of a high-profile scandal that’s plagued the VA in recent weeks.

Josh Earnest (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Carney is expected to stay press secretary through mid-June, and did not immediately disclose the reasoning behind his departure or his future plans.

Comments (144)

 

Ken Daly 04.06.2014 00:39

“His name describes his demeanor,” Obama said:
Josh: tease (someone) in a playful way.
"he loved to josh people"

Carney: The guy who runs the tilt-a-whirl

 

Don Foster 02.06.2014 22:33

How can a legitimate press not expose this charade simply by demanding true freedom of the press?
Not the diluted sound bytes parroted by a secretary who hasn’t a clue of what is going on behind closed doors.
Press need first hand info – that what is needed not the god and pony Ringling brothers show.
I think the matrix of evil that controls presidents and all nations can’t be contained anymore its grown too large to contain anymore.
When truth becomes the enemy - things are fully corrupted.

 

Armando Rivera-Carretero 02.06.2014 15:50

What happened; did his nose grow to long?

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