A long time ago, way back in the late 1990s (sarcasm only to us older folks), I worked on Capitol Hill for a senator during Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. Among the people I saw in the hallways or during the proceedings was Jay Carney. At the time, he was a reporter covering events. I’d recognized him from some talking-head news show.
Years later, I was surprised when President Barack Obama appointed him press secretary. Well, it looks like Carney has had enough:
The press secretary’s departure drew some political reaction. The National Republican Congressional Committee tweeted: “Tired of talking your way out of too many scandals, #JayCarney? Sign our farewell card.”
Carney, who spoke for the White House on items ranging from the death of Osama bin Laden to the current criticism of VA hospitals, said it has been honor to be the president’s press secretary.
“I’m not saying it’s easy every day but I love it,” Carney said. “It’s an important interaction that takes place here …To be a part of it is an honor and a joy for me.”
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