President Barack Obama announced last Friday that his press secretary Jay Carney will be leaving is post after three years of service. Obama said he has known since April that Carney was resigning.
“Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great press secretary and a great adviser,” the president said. “He has good judgment. He has good temperament and he has good heart.”
Josh Earnest, the principal deputy press secretary, will be taking over for Carney.
“His name describes his demeanor,” Obama said, referring to Earnest. “Josh is an earnest guy and you can’t find just a nicer individual, even outside of Washington.… He is of sound judgment and great temperament. He is honest and full of integrity.”
Earnest hinted that he is ready to stick with the job for the long haul, perhaps even until Obama retires from the Presidency in 2017.
“Each of you has a critically important job to describe to the American public what it is that the president is doing and why he’s doing it. That job in this disaggregated media world has never been more difficult, but I would argue that it has never been more important,” Earnest said. “I am grateful and excited and relish the opportunity to spend the next couple years working with you.”