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Jay Carney White House Press Secretary resigns: Replaced by Josh Earnest

According to Time online magazine, President Barack Obama announced on Friday that White House press secretary Jay Carney is resigning after more than three and a half years as his being primary spokesperson in that job.

Jay Carney resigns from White House spokesman
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It was a surprise to everyone when President Barack Obama made an appearance in the White House Briefing Room to make the surprise announcement. 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 will officially leave the White House on June 30, but the transition will take place around mid-June when Earnest travels next week with Obama on his trip to Europe.

Obama called Carney “one of my closest friends in Washington.” He added, “I’m going to miss him a lot. “I’m going to continue to rely on him as a friend and adviser.”

He will take the summer off before looking for another job. He said he is excited about his options after leaving the White House. He has made no decision yet on his next step, but is excited about some of the possibilities he's begun to explore, according to USA Today.

Earnest is well-liked within the White House press corps, and reporters applauded the president's choice for a new press secretary. Obama said, “As you know, his name describes his demeanor, Josh is an earnest guy, and you can’t find just a nicer individual, even outside of Washington.”

Carney, 49, and his wife, Claire Shipman who is a senior correspondent for ABC News, live in Washington, D.C..with their two children,

Carney was Obama's second press secretary to resign. The first was Robert Gibbs who now runs a strategic communications consultancy and has a contributor contract with cable network MSNBC.

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