‘Whoa!’: White House Press Corps Reacts to Jay Carney’s Departure


The announcement that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will be stepping down after three years on the job came as a surprise to most of the media world Friday, including the men and women (mostly men) who make up the White House press corps. Here’s how the people who spend the most time with Carney on a daily basis are reacting to the big news.

Fox News’ Ed Henry was short and sweet on Twitter:

NBC News’ Chuck Todd gave a little more detail without passing judgement:

CNN’s Jim Acosta snapped a photo of new press secretary Josh Earnest watching the announcement in the briefing room:

CBS News’ Major Garrett did the same, pointing out Earnest’s “broad smile”:

Frequent Carney adversary ABC News’ Jonathan Karl let out a “Whoa!”

Later, Karl told TVNewser that he would, in fact, miss Carney:

“Will I miss Jay? Of course. He’s been a spirited advocate for the President who was never afraid to take the tough questions. To borrow one of Jay’s favorite phrases, ‘I appreciate that.’ And as heated as it sometimes got in the briefing room, it was never personal. Jay is a pro.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper worked in a beard joke:

CNN’s Brianna Keilar summed up the day that has included the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki along with that of Carney this way:

[Photo via The White House]

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