[Ed. – Actually, this was previewed back in March.]
White House press secretary Jay Carney is resigning, to be replaced by deputy press secretary Joshua Earnest, President Obama announced Friday.
“Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great press secretary,” Mr. Obama said in a surprise announcement during Mr. Carney’s regular briefing at the White House. “I’m going to miss him a lot.”
The president said Mr. Carney, who took over the job in 2011, will spend most of the summer with his children before deciding what job he will take next.
He said Mr. Carney had asked to leave in April. He will leave in mid-June.
“Jay’s had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time,” Mr. Obama said.
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Mr. Carney said he hasn’t “made any decisions yet” what he’ll do next.
Mr. Earnest, a native of Kansas City, Mo., worked on Michael Bloomberg’s first mayoral campaign in New York City before joining Mr. Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign as Iowa communications director.
He currently serves as the principal deputy press secretary to Mr. Carney and is the host of “West Wing Week,” the president’s “video diary” of the week.