Stressed, Burnt Out Carney set to leave White House

Insiders very close to House White House Press Secretary Jay Carney indicate that he’s on his way out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Mirror has learned. Carney has told people he’s leaving the White House soon.

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In 2008, Carney became Director of Communications for Vice President Joe Biden. In 2011, he became the nation’s 29th press secretary, President Obama’s second, replacing Robert Gibbs.

Before that, Carney was a journalist for The Miami Herald and later TIME and CNN. In the last 48 hours, Carney has been getting press attention from outlets like The Weekly Standard and the New York Daily News for plugging his wife, ABC’s Claire Shipman‘s, book —”Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success” — during a press briefing. She has a new book on women and confidence co-written with BBC’s Katty Kay rolling out in mid-April.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Clearly Stressed, Burnt Out

Over the past few weeks, however, a noticable behavior has manifested itself in Carney’s daily briefings. He has become more testy, more combative, more personal with the White House Press Corps than anyone in his position prior. It seems if any reporter questions this White House—which has arguably experienced its worst month if recent precipitous drops in the polls are any indication—they are attacked publicly and directly.

Example #1: NPR’s Mara Liasson—who has covered the White House for 24 years and therefore should be worthy of at least some modicum of respect—asked whether entitlement reforms exist in the President’s budget offer:

Carney: “Mara, the way you phrase that question makes me think that you’re still working on a typewriter or something.”

Snarky and unwarranted.

Is this what the War on Women looks like?

Example #2: When CBS’ Bill Plante—who has covered every President since before many of you reading this were born (1968)—asked Carney when the President would release a budget (by law, it was supposed to be done no later than February 4th), Carney was outraged:

“I challenge virtually every premise of your question. I don’t know what your question is here,” Carney scolded Plante as if he were an intern for Maxim. “Bill, how long have you been covering Washington?” he continued. “Has there ever been a presidential budget that was enacted, word for word, into law?”

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  1. When you have to come up with colorful lies everyday, eventually those lies will drain you out. Poor guy, he should get out quick.

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