10:01 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Outgoing White House press secretary Jay Carney says he felt “liberated” when he left Time magazine to work for the Obama administration. At a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor a block from the White House Thursday morning, Carney was asked about his transition from journalist to political spokesman and the lessons he learned. He said after years of being a straight reporter, he was relieved to be able to speak on behalf of an administration with which he agreed on issues.
“I didn’t feel like I had a straitjacket on when I took this job,” Carney said. “I felt liberated.”
The 49-year-old said he also enjoyed working for President Obama, with whom he had so much in common. “One of the reasons why I found it so easy to work with him and have developed a relationship with him is that we’re not unalike, which is pretty interesting,” Carney said. “He’s three-and-a-half years older than I am, he has kids a little older than mine. And temperamentally, intellectually, experientially, I felt a lot in common with him.”
Carney dismissed the idea that Obama is aloof or unlikable, saying it didn’t match with his personal experience with the president. Unlike other presidents, he argued, Obama was a “fully formed person” by the time he got to Washington.
“He’s not an individual person or a politician who is reactive to the emotions and the swing of everyday politics in Washington,” Carney said.
Carney is being replaced in the job of press secretary by Josh Earnest.
11:08 AM, Jun 3, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
At the White House press briefing Monday, Jay Carney was not asked directly about his statement from June 2013 that "we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance w
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:35 PM, May 30, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the departures of Secretary Shinseki and Jay Carney from the Obama Administration.
2:46 PM, Apr 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
ABC News's Jonathan Karl verbally sparred with White House press secretary Jay Carney for eight minutes over the latest revelations about the origin of talking points that wrongly blamed an American's internet video for the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Karl asks repeatedly for Carney to explain why the talking points provided for then-UN ambassador Susan Rice that said an anti-Muslim YouTube video was the cause of the attack, even after a former CIA deputy director said its intelligence did not give reason to blame the video:
Not as deft as Carney’s skillet flipping abilities.
7:18 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
A few months ago when Obamacare was in free fall, many were left scratching their heads when the Democrats were touting stay-at-home motherhood as one of the perks of Obamacare.
9:41 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN's John King called the White House's push for equal pay "a textbook case ... of do as I say, not as I do."
"It's better than the national average," King said mocking White House press secretary Jay Carney. "I guess the coach would say, is that the best you got?"
It's just a show.8:43 AM, Mar 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.
2:52 PM, Mar 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Jay Carney plugged his wife's book today at the White House press briefing:
11:26 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Jay Carney is concerned that the press in China -- the foreign press there -- is facing "restrictions."
This one, from Roll Call, is headed to the Department of Justice.12:46 PM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Another reporter is joining the Obama administration. Emily Pierce, the deputy editor of Roll Call, will be joining the office of public affairs at the Department of Justice, the federal agency headed by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Pierce was welcomed to her new position by Brian Fallon, who works in that DOJ office and who used to be Chuck Schumer's spokesman in the Senate.
"Can't wait to welcome @emilyprollcall to @TheJusticeDept Office of Public Affairs later this month. She is a true pro," Fallon said on Twitter.
9:00 AM, Nov 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
On Thursday, a scathing article by Ron Fournier titled, "Obama’s Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You, at National Journal, took the White House to task for shutting out press photographers from presidential events in favor of official White House photos taken by White House photographer Pete Souza.
2:32 PM, Nov 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House has admitted that it was wrong to promise that people would be able to their health care plans under Obamacare. "With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient," President Obama said at a recent press conference