President Obama announced that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would resign in mid-June, making a surprise announcement at the White House press briefing on Friday.
“Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great press secretary and a great advisor,” Obama said. “He’s got good judgment. He has a good temperament, and he’s got a good heart, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”
Carney thanked Obama for allowing him the chance to serve at the White House.
“In mid-life you don’t often make a whole new set of friends,” Carney said, who just turned 50. “Every day with you in here has been a privilege.”
“I’m not saying it’s easy, but I love it,” Carney said, calling his job an “honor and a joy.”
Obama said that Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest would take Carney’s place at the White House.
“My request is be nice to Jay on his farewell tour, and be nice to Josh during his initiation, which I’m sure will last two days, or perhaps two questions,” Obama said to reporters.