Familiar Face at White House Won't Be So Familiar Anymore

President Barack Obama gives White House press secretary Jay Carney a hug after announcing that Carney will step down later next month, during a surprise visit to the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, May 30, 2014.

President Barack Obama surprised an otherwise sleepy press briefing Friday afternoon to announce that Press Secretary Jay Carney was stepping down.
He then announced that Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who had been with the president since the Iowa caucuses, would take Carney's place, saying, "His name describes his demeanor."

Describing the man who's worn the "flack jacket" since February 2011, Obama said, "Jay has become one of most closest friends and is a great Press Secretary," and "has a good heart."
“I’m going to miss him a lot. I’m going to continue to rely on him as a friend and advisor," Obama said.
Asked when Carney's time was up, the president said, "We're going let him hang around a bit to milk it for all it's worth."
He then gave the departing press secretary a big ol' hug.

"I'm excited by some of the possibilities," Carney later said. Asked what those might be, he jokingly said, "Well, I might manage my son's band..."
The White House press correspondents, who had already seen the president speak about a major resignation on Friday, reacted with shock.

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