Jay Carney Leaving White House

President's chief spokesperson is stepping down

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted May 30, 2014 1:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama had a second high-profile departure to announce today: Press secretary Jay Carney is resigning, reports the Washington Post. Obama called Carney one of his closest friends and advisers, notes NBC News. "Today the flak jacket is officially passed to a new generation," he said, referring to Carney's replacement: deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.

"I will continue to rely on him as a friend and an adviser after he leaves to spend as much of his summer as he can with his kids before he decides what's next for him," said Obama. "Whatever it is, I know he's going to be outstanding at it." (We're guessing the folks at Morning Joe won't be sorry to see Carney go, with Mediaite noting that they again criticized him this morning for "insulting" reporters at his daily briefings.)

White House press secretary Jay Carney.
White House press secretary Jay Carney.   (AP Photo)
Josh Earnest will be the new White House spokesperson.
Josh Earnest will be the new White House spokesperson.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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