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May 30, 2014 - 11:00 am

President Obama appeared at today’s daily briefing to announce that Jay Carney will be stepping down as press secretary.

“He comes to this place with a reporter’s perspective,” Obama said. “That’s why I think he will actually miss hanging out with you.”

Obama praised Carney as a friend and said he’ll continue to rely on him as an adviser.

“The flak jacket is officially passed to a new generation, Mr. Josh Earnest,” Obama announced, naming the deputy press secretary to take Carney’s spot.

“You can’t find a nicer individual even outside of Washington,” he added of Earnest, who served as an aide to Marion Berry and worked on Michael Bloomberg’s first mayoral campaign before joining then-Sen. Obama’s campaign team.

Carney said he didn’t know what his next career move will be, but indicated that he’d been in discussions about departing the White House for months.

“Be nice to Jay on his farewell tour,” the president chided the press corps.

Carney, who has been press secretary for the past 3 1/2 years and was previously Washington bureau chief for TIME magazine, said it was not his last briefing and “I will have a few more polished things to say before I go.”

“It’s been an amazing experience,” he added. “So fulfilling… In mid-life you don’t often make a whole new set of friends, not just friends but people you would fight by and for.”

“Every day has been a privilege,” Carney said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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[served as an aide to Marion Berry and worked on Michael Bloomberg’s first mayoral campaign before joining then-Sen. Obama’s campaign team.]

Reads like Obama's kind of mouthpiece - already trained in mendacious, arrogant and corrupt.
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When an individual is in such a position as Carney, lies to the American people and the press on a daily basis, there in NO respect to be directed towards this person! Good riddance and I really hope that all your laughable talking points come back to haunt you. They do me.
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Two big resignations in a single day. What a day! We can only hope Obumbler hisself sees the value of his resignation. I know I do!
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Carney must have reached his lifetime limit of lies.
12 weeks ago
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Now he can write the great American novel; fiction, of course.
12 weeks ago
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I hear they couldn't let Carney do the announcement because no one would really believe it.

Of course, considering who actually announced that Jay was moving on, I'll believe it when I see it.

At any rate, long live truth: "If you like your press secretary, you can keep your press secretary," right?
12 weeks ago
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Typical Obama BS. In six weeks Obama wouldn't know Jay Carney if he tripped over him.
12 weeks ago
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Sure he would, right after he reads about it the next day in the news.
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Do you think this is in earnest or is he just joshing us?

(I am SO sorry about that...)
12 weeks ago
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No, you're not.

LOL!
12 weeks ago
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Not much differences between the Jay Carney's,Lanny Davis's and a whores pimp.
12 weeks ago
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Josh Earnest was in Moscow before taking Carney's job? Working for Time Magazine? What kind of Bolshevik troika has taken over the White House? I do not know America anymore. I thought this was going to be accomplished via black helicopters, not by simply getting this joke elected TWICE! Was it here I read that article where they showed James Carney's home decorated with old USSR propaganda posters?

Rats leaving the ship indeed but the red flag remains.
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What kind of America have we become whereby our president could select a person to be his official spokesman who was once an aide to a piece of corrupt gutter-trash like Marion Berry and that such an outrage is just normal day the office for the media?
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There's no difference between Marion Berry's class of corrupt gutter trash, and Obama's type of corrupt gutter trash.

Just a different pay grade.
12 weeks ago
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Who will now speak for President Yakety Yak? Does it matter?
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The press secretary is the face of the administration. His job description requires evasion and misdirection. The problem with Carney was that he did not know that sometimes the lies are so big that honor requires you to resign.

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