WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 – With little to no advance warning, President Obama announced that his press secretary of three years, Jay Carney, is stepping down from his role as the President’s chief spokesman.
In prepared remarks, the President said Carney had told him in April “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.”
“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,” Obama continued.
The President stated that current communications deputy Josh Earnest will step into Carney’s job.
Over the past year, even the overwhelmingly pro-left media has become increasingly and publicly irritated with Carney’s brazen disrespect for the White House press corps, his outrageous spinning of Administration missteps and gaffes, and his near total disregard for the truth when it failed to track with the preferred Oval Office narrative.
As one Red State wag noted earlier this month, “Jay Carney’s smarmy mendacity is wearing on the White House press corps to the degree that one or two of them are threatening to commit journalism instead of staying in the stenographer’s pool.”
It’s likely that the resulting pressure on Carney from all sides of the media spectrum as well as this fall’s looming election disaster for the Democrats ultimately contributed to Carney’s decision to step down. For most of the press corps in Washington, he will not be missed.
Here’s a YouTube video of today’s announcement.