Thank You Press Secretary Jay ‘Clark Kent’ Carney!


President Barack Obama gives White House press secretary Jay Carney a hug after announcing that Carney will step down later next month, during a surprise visit to the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. The president announced Carney’s departure in a surprise appearance at in the White House press briefing room Friday. He said principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job


Pete Souza: Pres Obama reacts after seeing Jay Carney’s new beard



NBC News: Podium Shuffle: Carney Resigns As White House Press Secretary

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Friday to announce that his chief spokesman Jay Carney is leaving his post behind the podium. Obama called Carney one of his closest advisers and friends at the White House in remarks to the press in the White House briefing room. “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,” he said. “But Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time.”

“I will continue to rely on him as a friend and an adviser after he leaves to spend as much of his summer as he can with his kids before he decides what’s next for him,” he added. “Whatever it is, I know he’s going to be outstanding at it.” Carney called holding the job “an honor and a joy for me.” Obama announced that communications deputy Josh Earnest will take over the job as the president’s press secretary.

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President Barack Obama shares a laugh as he makes a surprise visit into the Brady Press Briefing Room to announce that White House press secretary Jay Carney, right, will be stepping down later next month.


Barack Obama, Jay Carney, Dan Pfeiffer









President Barack Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney hug each other after the president announced his resignation


Pete Souza: Jay Carney @PresSec is getting ready for the @redsox visit today. Watch out @MikeNapoli25

151 Responses to “Thank You Press Secretary Jay ‘Clark Kent’ Carney!”

  1. May 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Is today his last day?

  2. 17 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I had to hear of Jay’s resignation via CanadaBarb who’s on the golf course. In Canada. Ha. We are certainly well connected, TOD! But Jay should have called me, so I could have been one of the first to thank him for a job incredibly well done. I would never try to talk any of these fine folks in the Obama administration out of leaving, because think how hard they’ve all been working.

  3. May 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    thank you Mr. Carney.

    you handled those clowns wonderfully.

  4. 28 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Awww, that is such a sweet photo at the top. I love them both so much. Now I am in a puddle.

  5. May 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Well I know nothing. Guess I’ll just lurk. What a day.

  6. May 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you Chips for an outstanding R&S and thank you NW for this excellent tribute to Mr Carney and for your Truth Tweets post, as well.

    • 31 Nerdy Wonka
      May 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks, Bob.

      I’ll miss Jay Carney something fierce but happy that Josh is his successor.

  7. 32 amk for obama
    May 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Good team player. Great job, Jay. In especially tolerating the corrupt wh press corpse (sic)

  8. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    May 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  9. May 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you all bts but especially Chips and NW. I’m not much of a lurker or contributor these days & won’t be anytime soon. I’m just a sorry ass whiner. I miss you guys. 😦

  10. 68 debz
    May 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I’m sorry to see Jay leave, but that has to be a really difficult and stressful job. Not only having to face the morons everyday and answer stupid questions, but everything he does behind the scenes too. Best of luck to him!

  11. May 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Had posted this late last night and, given today’s developments, wanted to share it again …

  12. May 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Are the Red Sox coming today or is that an old pic? No I haven’t seen the schedule. . .
    What a tipsy turvy day for Pres. Obama.

  13. 71 Dudette
    May 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  14. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm
  15. 74 Dudette
    May 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  16. 75 Dudette
    May 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  17. 76 57andfemale
    May 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Holy shit:

    • 77 sherijr
      May 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      and there we have it.. exactly what the republicans live for- gutting, preventing anything that works for the regular person, the poor/ middle class. If we get a majority repub congress.. we will see a lot more of this: an end to public education, privatizing everything.. and today I include the VA in that. I believe that this Congress will not approve a replacement for Sec. Shinseki. If we don’t win every election from now on- they will systematically take everything that remotely benefits those of us who can’t afford the ‘private’ entitites.

      • 78 57andfemale
        May 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm

        They are nothing if not shrewd and skillful. I just saw a tweet by Boehner, telling “Democrats” to bring the VA Accountability bill to a vote. This is the one filibustered by 41 REPUBLICANS.

        Skillful messaging. And yet we have Dem’s falling all over each other to run away from ACA and call for Shinseki’s head instead of – in one, sustained, meaningful cry of outrage – blame Bush/Cheney and the traitorous GOP for not funding or implementing solutions at the VA.

        • 79 sherijr
          May 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

          I agree, and as to Boehner he is the worst sort of hypocrite. I am so angry today about Gen Shinseki. I am sick of republicans and how they play us all, and how so many suck up to them, the media and some dems. Republicans have never cared about we vets and they prove it consistently.

          • 80 57andfemale
            May 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

            Republicans would NEVER do this, but there they were, a few Dem’s tripping over themselves to look like GOP. Some who should know better, but I’ve seen Boxer do it and others. When will they every learn?

            Turn it back on GOP cuts and GOP sequester and John McCain who was either clueless or heartless about the vets in his state. Tout the fact that PBO opened the doors to veterans going back generations. Blame Bush/Cheney! SUPPORT YOUR PRESIDENT.

            I talk to a lot of ‘white noise’ people for whom politics is background noise but they vote. They hear the GOP yell outrage with no dissent, and hear enough Dem’s equivocate and whine. and a little lie like Boehner’s tweet takes a little space in their white noise heads. Some Dems are outraged, MSM won’t report GOP failures & blocking of VA bills, ALL of the GOP is outraged, so it must be Dem’s not allowing a vote in the Senate, right?


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  19. 83 Dudette
    May 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

  20. May 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  21. 85 anniebella
    May 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Jay Carney is stepping down, say it ain’t so. I’m sorry to hear that, but everyone need a break sometimes. Best wishes to Jay. Hope he doesn’t turn out like that other guy who all he does is criticized POTUS. I don’t think he will.

  22. 86 japa21
    May 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Charles Pierce take on the Shinseki resignation (at least he didn’t call it a firing like so many have). I agree with most of it, including the inevitability of it, even though I wish it hadn’t happened.


    A while ago I called Mrs Japa who had not heard the news yet. Her response “What with all the shootings, and now this, this country is seriously fkd up.” And she seldom uses such language.

  23. 87 elo4obama/biden
    May 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Wow! Everyone, this has sure been an emotional day. I came over to post about the defeatist email sent by the dccc title “All hope is lost” and came to the news of Jay “Clark Kent” leaving! I knew this day would most likely come but I’m sure hatin to see him go. It’s a grueling and patience stressing job dealing with these idiots day in and day out. He’s work in news and knows the games being played. I wish him all the best. My ears will miss hearing Jay’s strong, articulate and thoughtful voice and words. I do however love me some Josh “The Voice” though so huge congratulations to him. I’ve listened and watched him cover for Jay many times and he’s great too.

    Thank you to all you folks especially today helping me to see the possibilities of focusing more eyes and money on our VA. The spot light has to be turned on the law makers blocking funding over these many years. We ( dems and us regular folks and the few out there in the media who care to lead with truth need to voice all the good work this President,admin and secretary Shinseki has done. I believe history will reflect this, and I’m so happy Secretary Shinseki has been able to feel all the love and support from the administration, and in particular regular people and most importantly the veterans who attended his speech today.

    I was compelled to call the phone comment line at the DCC over both the awful emails for fund raising, and the wobbly support of Shinski. I
    urged that the spotlight shine on the GOP for blocking funds, and asked them to forcefully get behind and in front of funding it properly and supporting legislation to assist more med students with loans for serving with the VA and hard to service areas of the country. It was short but impassioned and felt good! I also reminded the DCC that President Obama infused the nation with positive energy and galvanized us to support and vote.

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  24. 88 Nena20409
    May 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    ❤ just ❤ this beautiful Tribute of the Hon Jay "Clark Kent" Carney by one TOD bt named Nerdy Wonka.
    Thank you NW.

    Thank You, Jay 😉

  25. 92 dotster3
    May 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Just got home, and Oh No!——Jay too???!!! What a terrible, horrible, no good day! Sob! 2 of the best are gone. And the worthless, heartless GOP/media remain. Growl.

  26. May 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I go out to walk Danny, and when I come back: this. I can’t ever walk Danny again, too much happens when we’re on our travels.

    Thanks a gazillion Nerdy!

  27. 99 Dakota
    May 30, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Jay Carney is leaving. I’m stunned.

  28. May 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I really, really, really dislike republicans. They’re lily livered chickens. No offense to chickens. I’d like to have chickens as pets and eggs but for two boys I don’t trust and Jasmine I trust even less. She is a second hand lion.

  29. 103 amk for obama
    May 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    🙂 gunnite toddys.

  30. 106 HZ
    May 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I wrote my comment on the other post. (slow as I am, you all know that), however, I will say that I am so happy for Jay. I love him so much because of his hard work, and patience with the most disrespectful people in the WHPC.

    However, I know how much he respects PBO and the job that POB entrusted him to do. Jay, I will miss him so much, but my missing him carries so much for you to be able to enjoy your beautiful wife and your beautiful children. The wonderful times that your family will enjoy with you will just be so awesome, I pray. You are a great father and husband, and this chapter in your life will be filled with so many blessings I pray,because you so deserve this new chapter.

    Jay, take the time in those quiet moments to enjoy a little longer the smiles on your beautiful children faces across from the breakfast table and dinner table. Enjoy those moments to just hug your wife and tell her how much you love and appreciate her standing with you during this journey in your life. Have a nice time just sitting back and watching a great movie with her and laughing and sipping a great glass of wine while enjoy each others company.

    Put the travelling bag way back in the closet for a while and put on a baseball cap and enjoy a game with your beautiful children. Relax, remember, and rejoice during those leisurely breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with your family.

    Jay, I just gave up a prayer for you and your wife to:enjoy, explore the great other possibilities coming your way, and most of all, ust relax and get some much needed rest from the daily grind. Take a long walk through the history that you have mad, and give thanks for being one of the best who served his boss, your 44th President, Barack Obama. Jay, may God bless you and your wife and children for all that you have given us.

    We release you on that day that you and your family have decided to take the next great step on your journey. Continue to be the Jay who we have grown to love, respect, and give thanks for each day your faced those sorry asses sitting in that briefing room.

    However, your stepped up to the podium and did your job with grace, patience, brilliant decorum as one of our most beloved Press Secretaries of our time. Thank you for all that you did for a great son, grandson, decent human being, husband, father, and 44th President of these United States. We turn the mic off, but for sure know that we will never turn yourvoice off . Thanks for being in our lives daily, Jay. HZ

    • 107 jackiegrumbacher
      May 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      HZ, your beautiful thoughts probably summed up the reasons that Jay is leaving right now. He has two young children and the Press Secretary’s job requires constant travel and many late nights. I often see Jay in the background on the president’s international visits and I’ve thought about how hard this schedule must be on his family. The childhood years don’t last forever and I’m sure that consideration was a big part of why he’s leaving now. He will be very missed.

    • 108 MightyPamela
      May 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      HZ, dearest HZ, I truly hope somehow this blessing and prayer for Jay Carney finds it’s way to him, and to his family. You are such a fine and caring person. The world would be a much kinder place if more were like you. ❤

    • 109 ber6964
      May 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thank You HZ………..You always have the perfect words. Sending Blessings 🙂

  31. May 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I thought Josh Earnest was an interim appointment but I’m thrilled to see I’m wrong. BRAVO!

    I love Jay. He’s been amazing, surely one of the very best. He’s a brilliant guy who also has just tremendous integrity. Sad to see him go.

  32. May 30, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  33. 113 dotster3
    May 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    A tidbit of good news among all the bad——-the ugly, ghastly person who was stealing the memorial signs from the playgrounds built with Sandy Hook donations has been apprehended. He would then call the parents of these dead kids and taunt them and say their kids never existed. This sicko piece of poo is just about what you would expect——his father is a Sandy Hook truther also, as hard as it is to believe that such people exist.

  34. 115 GGail
    May 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I am struggling with the cloud of sadness that seems to have developed due to the resignations of VA Secretary and WHP Secretary.

    So if I’m feeling sad, just imagine the emotions President Obama is dealing with today.

    Makes me want to call him up and say “hey Barry, order the AF1 to swing by, pick me up and let’s go to Colorado and fire up one legally” 😉

    • 116 Dudette
      May 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Take heart that both men will be just fine after all this blows over. Our President is a brilliant problem solver who surrounds himself with outstanding competent people and he’s got that wonderful support system upstairs in those 4 lovely ladies and two dogs upstairs.

      It’s all good!

  35. May 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  36. May 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Does Paul Jones cheer you up Chips? 😉 http://tinyurl.com/kvwurw6

  37. 129 GGail
    May 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, I just read my fortune cookie paper and it say’s “You will be recognized and honored as a Community Leader”. WOW!

    That perked me up 🙂

    • 130 japa21
      May 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Not if you have Barry swing by in AF1, pick you up and fly off to CO to legally light one up. First of all, after Michelle got done with you…

  38. 132 dotster3
    May 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Looking for more good news to try to balance out this bad day—-found some——Moms Demand campaign to get Chilis and Sonic to announce a No Guns policy succeeds. (preposterous that this is even necessary, but it was as gun goofs were showing up at their restaurants with their beloveds (guns—-all kinds) slung over their shoulders as if to shout, “I am Totally Hopelessly Braindead!”

  39. 136 No Child Left Behind
    May 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Congrats CarolMae!

    NW: thank you for the lovely pictures of dearest Jay Carney who will be missed so much. I do love the photo showing the toddlers with their hands up. They can’t wait to ask stupid and silly questions. E-V-E-R-Y D-A-Y.

  40. 137 Nena20409
    May 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm


    Now imaged if a Dem said that? Hmm? How does this equate with what Ann Romney and the whole media were upset about with the comments made by Hilary Rosen in April or May 2012?

    Ann didn’t work outside the home. Was she then needle-pointing?

    Okay, I am still upset as to how the Media gin up things when Dems are in the mix and how they willfully bend over backwards excusing and cuddling them where and whenever the GOPers are in the mix.

  41. 138 Nena20409
    May 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    The guy who sang the song Happy, WPharell, said that he isn’t or rather can’t be a feminist for he is a man. Watch that to become a controversy. Need not be…..but nowadays, the silliest thing gets blown up and it will become HUGE.

  42. 139 Nena20409
    May 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm


    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The U.S. stock market finished May with the biggest monthly gain since February as the main benchmarks ended the week higher. Friday’s trading on Wall Street was lackluster as investors were cautious after disappointing reports on personal income, spending and consumer sentiment. Marginal gains on the S&P 500 helped the benchmark close at a record level for the 14th time this year. The large-cap index SPX +0.18% closed 3.44 points, or 0.2%, higher at 1,923.48. The measure added 1.2% over the past week and is 2.1% higher over the past month.

  43. 140 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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    May 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm


  45. 143 Nena20409
    May 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I Called the WH at 202-456-1111 and left praises and ❤ for Jay "Clark Kent" Carney.
    I thanked him and I wished him and his family well.
    I will do that again before he departs.

  46. 144 HZ
    May 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ CarolMae}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} These are for you. Love you special beautiful spirit. You are so very special in this TOD family. HZ

  47. 145 Dudette
    May 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Cheer up people! Don’t let the downs keep you down long. We’ve gotta keep moving #FORWARD

    We’re not scared to lose it all
    Security throw through the wall
    Future dreams we have to realize
    A thousand sceptic hands
    Won’t keep us from the things we plan
    Unless we’re clinging to the things we prize

    And do you feel scared – I do
    But I won’t stop and falter
    And if we threw it all away
    Things can only get better
    Whoa, whoa, whoa, oh, Whoa, whoa, whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh

    Treating today as though it was
    The last, the final show
    Get to sixty and feel no regret
    It may take a little time
    A lonely path, an uphill climb
    Success or failure will not alter it

    And do you feel
    Whoa, whoa, whoa, oh, Whoa, whoa, whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh.

  48. 146 carolyn
    May 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Good afternoon all TODers…..yesterday and today were busy for me, and I have just now caught up with the past posts and the President’s statements and speeches. How wonderful to be able to come here and get what I need and want!

    I listened carefully to the President’s statement on Sec. Shinseki and his answers to the three questions. Imbedded in the last person’s questions was that line about his taking full responsibility, and this problem being his fault. If you listen closely, he did not acquiesce to that premise. He stated clearly that these problems are of long standing, and that the reason they weren’t dealt with was because those problems had not come up to the top level of cognizance. He is too strong to be pushed into taking blame for a problem that did not originate in his administration. I listened carefully to that answer.

    I’m hoping that now the truths of the coarse culture at some VA facilities, i.e.Phoenix can come out into the open and be dealt with. Of course Boehner is out blaming Democrats, but frankly that doesn’t seem to be working very effectively right now. He’s bloviating grasping now.

    Someone mentioned calling the DCCC about their awful headlined fundraisers, so I did too. Told the woman who answered that they were depressing and discouraged people from voting, that they need to use a positive approach, suggested they look at Al Franken’s letters.
    After she said thank you, I’ll pass this along, I just emphasized…..I’m not the only one who feels this way. Listen and take HEED.

    • 147 dotster3
      May 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Carolyn, for taking action.

    • 148 elo4obama/biden
      May 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      This is excellent Carolyn. Really we know it’s dire but we are need not be run on fear. If people believe it’s hopeless why vote and why donate my little $5.00 in the face of such HUGE Koch and company money.

      I look forward to the positive push on the much needed changes and funding for the VA too. Maybe we can flood the media mills and twitter feeds with this. Yes, let’s bring this VA bill bonehead mentioned to the floor with some new focused amendments. Would they dare to vote against it now?

  49. May 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    GAAWWWWDDD, twitter, just STOP with the upgrades. Really bad moves.

  50. 151 Jovie
    May 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    This is gov Scott’s whole campaign against Crist-

    In fact, all GOP senate is running only against ACA and the President.
    Nice dirty campaign!

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