President Barack Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney is stepping down and principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest is taking over, according to Yahoo! News on Friday. President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press briefing room on Friday to make the official announcement of Jay Carney’s departure from the Obama administration. In Obama’s statement, he said that Carney is one of his closest friends and praised him for his work as his press secretary. The president said that he will continue to rely on Carney as an outsider.
Obama briefly spoke about his new press secretary as well. He said that Earnest is honest and full of integrity. The president called him “a straight shooter.”
After Obama made the announcement, Carney said that being Obama’s press secretary has been an amazing experience, according to a USA Today report. Carney also said that he will be staying on at the White House until mid-June.
Carney is a former Washington bureau chief for Time magazine. He has been the White House press secretary since 2011 when he replaced Robert Gibbs in the position. During the first two years of President Obama’s presidency, Carney was Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director.
Jay Carney’s resignation was one of the Top 10 Political Predictions of 2014 by this political writer. At the beginning of this year, it was stated that Jay Carney would quit his job in the White House rather than continue being the man who must face the press to defend the Obama administration and the president on a near-daily basis. The prediction further stated that Jay Carney would announce his decision to leave the White House and quickly disappear from public view soon thereafter. The president’s announcement on Friday does not include the future of Carney who just turned 49 years old last week. Carney was the nation's 29th Press Secretary and the second one in the Obama administration.