White House Spokesman Carney Follows Shinseki Out the Door

The old "resigning to spend more time with your family" line.

carney "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.

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