June 18 - After more than three years of jousting with the White House press corps, Jay Carney gives his last briefing as President Obama's chief spokesman. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Rock and roll music was blared through the White House press briefing room on Wednesday (June 18) as a warm send-off to Jay Carney, who was giving his final press briefing as President Barack Obama's chief spokesman. After more than three years of jousting with the White House press corps, Carney announced in late May that he will be stepping down from the position to pursue yet-to-be-named opportunities. "I love my years as a reporter," Carney told the press near the top of his last briefing. "But as you, better than anyone else, understand, reporting can sometimes be an autonomous exercise. It's your story, it's your byline. What was so different about this experience for me is that it was all about a team effort and all about a goal that had nothing to do with any individual, not even the president. And that's been extraordinarily gratifying to be a part of," he said. President Obama has called Carney one of his closest friends and advisers, and said he was "not thrilled" when Carney first told him in April that he wanted to leave. Carney, 49, has been press secretary for longer than usual for such a high-pressure job. Many occupants stay for only a couple of years before leaving. His deputy, Josh Earnest, will take his place. Carney was a reporter for 21 years, including a turn as Moscow bureau chief for Time magazine. He told reporters in May that he hasn't made any decisions yet about his next job but has had some conversations during the past few months about new possibilities. He and his wife, ABC news correspondent Claire Shipman, have two young children. Carney said he first planned to spend the summer with his children.