White House Spokesman Carney Follows Shinseki Out the Door

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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“Stop it, you’re choking me.” “Just relax and let it happen.”

It’s a housecleaning of another kind. And it’s telling that Obama appears to blame Carney more than Shinseki for this disaster. Obama is all about media control and Carney has become a running joke.

 White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is stepping down, President Obama announced Friday in a surprise statement at the start of Carney’s daily press briefing.

Carney, who said he planned to leave in mid-June, will be replaced by Josh Earnest, a deputy press secretary.

“In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said that 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,” the President told reporters.

“I’m going to miss him a lot,” Obama added.

Carney, 49, was mum on his future plans, though the President said he hoped the weary official “could spend as much of the summer as he can with his kids.”

The old “resigning to spend more time with your family” line. How original.

It’s funny how right around a scandal, everyone rushes to spend more time with their family. And even more tellingly, two resignations being dumped on a Friday.

But with all that Soviet propaganda art on his walls, Jay should have remember what happens to expendable officials who lose the confidence of the revolutionary regime.

Washingtonian MOM

  • reader

    And I thought Gibbs had been a disgustsing piece of work. Now I don’t even want to think about who’s gonna succeed Carney to soil TV screens for months to come.

    • Douglas J. Bender

      I hear Arsenio Hall is looking for work again.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Carney’s going to MSNBC. He’s leaving for the money and no other reason. Because he was a perfect fit for Obama – clueless, indifferent, unruffled.

  • De Doc

    Jay Carney, a professional prevaricator, moves on.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    Sniveling weasel.
    He’d make a bundle if he wrote a truthful tell-all.

    • truebearing

      He wouldn’t do it. He’d be too afraid, plus they probably took a nice lump of the tax payer’s money and paid him to keep his lying mouth shut. Ironic isn’t it, that after all this time, when all we wanted was for him to shut up, we’d now like to hear him spill the beans.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Another one escapes the Roach Motel. Bet he goes to an Ivy League school to teach “The Ethics of Journalism” and gets a gig on some “news” talk show. Maybe he can replace Charlie Rose, who’s showing his years.

  • Douglas J. Bender

    “…Jay should have rememberED…”

    (You’re welcome.)

  • truebearing

    Shinseki was firesigned, now Carney. Obama is finally taking action! Yep, he’s really cleaning house, except Carney and Shinseki aren’t the real problem. Forcing them to resign is equivalent to a lizard sacrificing its tail to a predator to preserve its life. It will grow another one later.

    The way Obama fires people is a carefully choreographed sequence, designed to maximize speculation on who will get fired and when. The suspense helps distract from the real story, and of course, the media cooperates dutifully.

    Fighter jets use chaff and flares to protect them from heat seeking missiles. Political firings are the exact same tactic. Americans are foolishly satisfied when “heads roll,” which is unfortunate because the problems start at the top.

  • pupsncats

    This could not possibly be Obama’s suggestion as Carney has been the best lapdog yet, a great liar like his boss, and kept the propaganda machine flowing so well.