Jay Carney said he plans to leave in mid-June and will be replaced by Josh Earnest, a deputy press secretary. ‘Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time,’ Obama said, making the announcement today.
Carney, who said he planned to leave in mid-June, will be replaced by Josh Earnest, a deputy press secretary.
“In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said that he was thinking of moving on, and I was not thrilled, to say the least … but Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time,” Obama told reporters.
Carney said that despite the challenges of the job, “I love it.” “It’s not all pretty. It could certainly be better. But to be part of it is certainly an honor and a joy for me.”
Carney’s departure had been rumored for months. The former Time Magazine reporter is the father of two young children and is married to ABC News reporter Claire Shipman. Prior to replacing White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Mr. Carney served as the spokesman for Vice President Joseph R. Biden.