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NEW INFORMATION: White House Spokesman Jay Carney to leave post

By: NBC News Email
By: NBC News Email
Deputy Josh Earnest will take over the job as the president

Photo Credit: CNN Live

WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House press secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.

President Barack Obama 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.

Obama called Carney one of his closest friends and a great press secretary whom he said will continue to rely on as an outside adviser.

The president said Carney plans to take the summer off before getting a new job.
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WASHINGTON (NBC NEWS) --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.

Deputy Josh Earnest will take over the job as the president's press secretary.

"Today the flak jacket is officially passed to a new generation," he said of Earnest.


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