Jay Carney steps down as press secretary

posted at 2:41 pm on May 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

Today is the day Obama settles all family business.

Gotta give The One his due. He may not know much, like how to keep sick veterans from dying while they wait endlessly for government health care, but he knows what the media likes. Having Carney step down today is a neat way to help crowd out some of the Shinseki news, as there’s nothing the press finds more interesting than the press. Well played, Mr. President. Tough break for conservative writers, though, in landing Josh Earnest as a replacement. There’s only one person in the White House’s mouthpiece food chain who might have provided us with as much blogworthy haplessness as Jay, and it ain’t Earnest. But then, realistically, Jen Psaki never stood a chance. You know why.

As for Carney, whose departure has been expected for months, the sky’s the limit — book deal, MSNBC contributor, maybe even an occasional guest-host spot on “Crossfire” if he plays his cards right. Rumor had it that he wanted to be ambassador to Russia; critics claim he wasn’t qualified to deal with a character as slippery as Putin, but I don’t know. He seems pretty qualified to me. (Plus, he’s already got the art to decorate the embassy.) Ah well. As Dan McLaughlin says, he’ll be back to fair ‘n balanced “objective journalism” in no time. Just like he used to do before he went to work for the White House, you see.

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?


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Obama read in the newspaper this morning that Jay Carney was lying for this Administration….

But seriously….

Jay has some canker soars to attend to..

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Bring back Gibbsy!

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

What difference does it make…

22044 on May 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Friday negative news dump to follow.

NWConservative on May 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Today is the day Obama settles all family business.

Going to the Mattresses?

portlandon on May 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Why is Carney kissing Obama in that photo?

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Gotta give The One his due.

Never…

The rest of us are stuck with The One…

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Jay Carney steps down as press secretary

Well, bye!!

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

JAY CARNEY JUST RESIGNED.

On that news, I’m cracking open a beer.

wolly4321 on May 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

This!!

blockchords on May 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

That pic reminds me of the scene where Chris Sarandon embraced Evil Ed in the alley in Fright Night.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

That twitpic hug.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

“Mister…preznit…owwww…you’re hurting my neck…ooowwwwieeee..”

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Shinseki’s gone. So is Jay Carney. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo.

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

Carney went in to kiss the one’s ring and missed. Awkward.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

He’s expecting a huge payday for something and he can’t collect it due to the rules of the job.

Rocks on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

So…Chili Con Carney’s new replacement is Josh Earnest…

Anyone else seeing Comedy Gold here?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

Ok, that’s just………wrong.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Today is the day Obama settles all family business.

Is that a Godfather reference? Tell me that’s a Godfather reference.

Occams Stubble on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I thought that “Take Out the Trash Day” news dumps only happened after 5:00 on Fridays.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Jay Carney steps down as press secretary

Alternate headline:

Aesop steps down as press secretary

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

We won’t have Carney to kick around anymore. Hey wait a minute! Rumor has it that another position has opened up in the administration. How about VA Sectretary Carney? He already knows how to lie, I would say he is eminently qualified.

warmairfan on May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Dumping Carney won’t do Obama any good. The problem wasn’t Carney, the problem was Obama’s lies. Nobody is a good enough liar to spin them all away.

Darth Executor on May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Oh my GOD this photo one of the most awkward things in history
pic.twitter.com/g81BUd0bo0

— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) May 30, 2014

Wonder what that was all about?

I’m hearing: “I know it was you, Jay. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!”

de rigueur on May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Leave the gun and the cannoli….

rw on May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Time to leave can’t answer truthfully anymore. The situation has twisted your credibility factor always BS.

jake49 on May 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

As usual Obama finds that the problem is in the messaging not the policy or the leadership.

Problem solved – just in time to hit the links!

kcewa on May 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

I just heard he is going to be Colbert’s new sidekick on the Late Show. He’ll sit to the left of Colbert of course, but just barely.

Rocks on May 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Jay, don’t let them take you fishing. Just say no.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Allahpundit tour de force post! This is the one to submit to the Pulitzer committee AP. Great job!

BJ* on May 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Obama personally knows 3 Jay Carneys.

ToddPA on May 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

Love…

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Is that a Godfather reference? Tell me that’s a Godfather reference.

Occams Stubble on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Yes it is. One Godfather quote that cannot ever be used in reference to this regime:

“Certainly he can present a bill for such services. After all, we are not Communists.”

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I think Carney just cracked under the weight of bearing the brunt of all the incompetence in front of the press while Ob plays endless rounds of golf.

jdpaz on May 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Whisper whisper: “Jay, don’t forget what happened to Stevens. He was gonna spill the beans about my operation in Syria. You aren’t gonna spill any beans, now are you?”

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I’m hearing: “I know it was you, Jay. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!”

de rigueur on May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Obama: I don’t want anything to happen to him while my mother’s Hillary’s alive.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

So next week we will have another mouth of Sauron. They are crap weasels paid to lie for the prince of liars and they do it willingly.

dogsoldier on May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

Oh my GOD this photo one of the most awkward things in history pic.twitter.com/g81BUd0bo0

— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) May 30, 2014

Hmmm.
Not your typical guy hug. Could it be…….? Naw!

butch on May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

A presidential press secretary named Earnest? That’s going to run into trouble with the truth-in-advertising laws from the get-go.

Mr. D on May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Oh, he won’t be calling in sick anymore……….

kozanne on May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

Oh my GOD this photo one of the most awkward things in history pic.twitter.com/g81BUd0bo0

— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) May 30, 2014

LOL! It looks like Jay Corny is kissing Obama on the arm.

And why Josh Earnest? I was hoping for maybe Tommy Vietor as White House Press Dude – or maybe even Jeremiah Wright.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Leave the gun and the cannoli….

rw on May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

….bring the cannoli….

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I thought that “Take Out the Trash Day” news dumps only happened after 5:00 on Fridays.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Missed it by that much…

22044 on May 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Too bad Jen Psaki isn’t replacing him. I’d have enjoyed seeing that troglodyte stand on phone books and somehow bungle her lame attempts at spin worse than Carney.

Ted the Average on May 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Meanwhile over at the “other” party…

GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running ads suggesting that many of its favored candidates will tweak Obamacare rather than scrap it.

The moves also come as senior House Republicans have decided to postpone a floor vote on their own health-reform proposal — making it less likely that a GOP alternative will be on offer before the November elections, according to lawmakers familiar with the deliberations.

kcewa on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Today is the day Obama settles all family business.

Going to the Mattresses?

portlandon on May 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

There’s a limo waiting out front and Clemenza is in the back seat!

cajunpatriot on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

AP won’t have Carney to kick around anymore.

I’m holding out hope that Obama might get into today’s resignation-fest. A fella can dream.

whatcat on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

He can still get his gig back on Boston Legal right?

Judge_Dredd on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Just wondering….does Ric get some of Carney’s going away cake?

Better question….did Ric get a going away cake?

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Will the McLaughlin Group tKe him back?

Sheerq on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

#LikeABoss

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Today is the day Obama settles all family business.

So Shinseki got a horse’s head in his bed and Carney let it leak that he indeed did know Johnny Ola.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Carney will be a hard act to follow.

No one could muster the condescension and dismissiveness like he could.

No one had better mastered the tired lefty talking points evading all responsibility in the Obama play book.

gwelf on May 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Wolfie MustBe Going Ballistic

cmsinaz on May 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Oh my GOD this photo one of the most awkward things in history
2:21 PM – 30 May 2014

Don’t huge me bro! – Carney

Patriot Vet on May 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Shinseki’s gone. So is Jay Carney. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo.

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

One of the greatest scenes in movie history:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgSczBulS-Q

“This is the business we’ve chosen.”

Good Solid B-Plus on May 30, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Squirrel

cmsinaz on May 30, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Did Carney get up there and evade questions about why he was stepping down? You know, for old time’s sake?

JeremiahJohnson on May 30, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Not MSNBC, I’m putting my money on CNN. Just make it after July. I have to fly to Texas in July.

rbj on May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

So, does Carney go back to the palace guard in the press?

Or does he get a sinecure in some lefty “policy center” or lobbying firm?

gwelf on May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Obama replaces white man with another white man.

sentinelrules on May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Meet your new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

Maya Angelou was unavailable.

bidenmytime on May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The West Point speech was the beginning of the end for the Obama Presidency.

It’s all downhill from here.

MichaelGabriel on May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Jay…do not get in the rowboat with Fredo.

tommyboy on May 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Leaving the White House would be considered a step UP out of the sewer. JMO

Lee Jan on May 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Sorry, Jay, no returns on that soul of yours which you sold…

higgins1991 on May 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Carney just ran out of lies to cover the lies he already told and they need a new liar to lie until he runs out of lies to cover the lies he will tell to cover up the lies carney already told.

It’s pretty simple really.

Harbingeing on May 30, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Josh will be the lying mouthpiece for the remaining days of Barack’s presidency.

BroncosRock on May 30, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Prediction:

Lots of Joshing.

Nothing Earnest.

BKennedy on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

So…Chili Con Carney’s new replacement is Josh Earnest…Anyone else seeing Comedy Gold here?Newtie and the Beauty on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I’ll give it swing. Josh picks and eats the wax from his ear nest?

AH_C on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

So, does Carney go back to the palace guard in the press?

Or does he get a sinecure in some lefty “policy center” or lobbying firm?

gwelf on May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The Center for American Regress.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I wonder if the next press secretary will also be terrified of Fox News?

Tard on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Gibbs, Carney, Earnest – there’s something…similar…about these three, but I just can’t figure out what it is.

higgins1991 on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Oh my GOD this photo one of the most awkward things in history
pic.twitter.com/g81BUd0bo0

— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) May 30, 2014

Carney: Don’t talk about Mexico

kcewa on May 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Well, at least Opie can go back to Mayberry and reunite with his father and Aunt Bee. Oh, wait. They’re both dead?

Okay, then give him a ticket on the first flight to Moscow to join his twin, and fellow lying traitor, Edward Snowjob.

ZeusGoose on May 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

This was the 2nd worst known secret in DC, outside of knowing that Shinseki was leaving

ConservativePartyNow on May 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Meanwhile over at the “other” party…

GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running ads suggesting that many of its favored candidates will tweak Obamacare rather than scrap it.

The moves also come as senior House Republicans have decided to postpone a floor vote on their own health-reform proposal — making it less likely that a GOP alternative will be on offer before the November elections, according to lawmakers familiar with the deliberations.

kcewa on May 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I actually don’t mind the GOP not offering an alternative to Obamacare before the midterms. No need to give the Dems something to bash them over their heads with heading into November.

As for the tweaking of Obamacare instead of repealing it, I hope any Republican who even considers running on that platform realizes it’s a political death wish. And has any entity’s rep gone into the toilet quicker than the Chamber of Commerce of the last couple years? Seriously, seeing their name sponsoring any politician or legislation is almost as toxic as Karl Rove’s.

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Gibbs, Carney, Earnest – there’s something…similar…about these three, but I just can’t figure out what it is.

higgins1991 on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The price for which they are willing to sell their credibility and integrity for is public knowledge?

Athos on May 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I say Carney gets the Ambassador to Russia slot. Since when have competence and qualifications ever mattered to this bunch?

And for all that Carney was a joke that could provoke laughter, I won’t miss that snarky smirk of his one bit.

MisterElephant on May 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Hillary must be happy…she doesn’t have to explain her Benghazi chapter

talk about a Fridaynews dump

cmsinaz on May 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Breaking: White Dude replaces White Dude.

Ben Hur on May 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

If Carney was trying to leave with a shred of dignity intact, he’s about 18 months too late. How could anyone take him seriously in any role in the future?

For his sake, I hope he gave notice on the afternoon they had him stand up and try to say the email with BENGHAZI at the top had nothing to do with Benghazi.

HornHiAceDeuce on May 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Exit question: Dude, what happened here?

If Carney is getting a hug like that, what will Holder get when he finally hits the exit? Good grief.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Who would have thought that Jay was that upset at being passed over being appointed to be the temp replacement for Shinseki?

Athos on May 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

How this turd can look at himself in the mirror every day is beyond me.

I know, lying liars lie all the time, but his defending of the indefensible for however many years he’s been at it – that takes a particularly execrable bottom dweller.

All due respect.

tru2tx on May 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Remember that scene from the last part of the last Harry Potter film, where Voldemort awkwardly hugs Draco Malfoy?

Yeah, that’s what that hug between Obama and Carney looked like.

Kind of like Obama throwing a baseball. Yeah, that bad.

Meople on May 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Carney may have had the toughest job in the country: Trying to explain what the White House is doing.

LancerDL on May 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Shinseki’s gone. So is Jay Carney. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo.

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Carlo Sebelius in the car with a ticket to Vegas in his her pocket.

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Humpbot!

neyney on May 30, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Hahahahaaaaa…

Gettin’ a little too painful up there, eh Jay.

Toodles.

petefrt on May 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Carlo Sebelius in the car with a ticket to Vegas in his her pocket.

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

“Hello, Kathleen.”

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

no chuck Todd?

cmsinaz on May 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Jay…do not get in the rowboat with Fredo.

tommyboy on May 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

The West Point speech was the beginning of the end for the Obama Presidency.

It’s all downhill from here.

MichaelGabriel on May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I would think that anyone with a hand in Obama’s West Point speech needs to avoid boat rides on Lake Tahoe with Al.

“Hail, Mary, full of grace….”

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

I see a serious case of PTSD in Carney’s future…

albill on May 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Now you know why he just had a glowing magazine article written about his family. It was all advertizing for the next gig.

John Deaux on May 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

I don’t know what to make of this. I mean, obviously Carney’s joining Gibbsy on the island of misfit toys….but why now?

ElectricPhase on May 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Gibbs, Carney, Earnest – there’s something…similar…about these three, but I just can’t figure out what it is.

higgins1991 on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Could be the name of the law firm of your worst nightmares. Or accounting firm. Except that, with them, there’s never any accounting.

de rigueur on May 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Months and months overdue.

John the Libertarian on May 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Carney is out? Carney Is OUT?! CARNEY IS OUT?!!!?

Should have been on the first round :-)

LouisianaLightning on May 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Obama: You broke my heart.
Carney: Wha?
Obama: You spoke from the heart.

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Bet Jay is relieved he won’t have to lie anymore…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

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