Jay Carney Lands Role as Obama’s New Press Secretary
Matt | On 27, Jan 2011
There’s a huge sigh of relief being heard throughout the White House press pool and anyone else who keeps up with the president. Jay Carney, 45, will soon be announced as the new White House press secretary. This will send Robert Gibbs out the door!
Don’t get me wrong. I like Robert Gibbs .. as a person. But, as press secretary he was always three steps behind the White House’s messaging. Reporters complained that he was inaccessible. He was also at the center of several well-known gaffes and communications missteps by the president. He announced to his staff a few weeks ago that he was leaving on February 1.
Carney’s new position isn’t a far stretch from the work he did as Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director since the start of the Obama Administration. Prior to that role, he was with Time Magazine for 20 years.
With President Obama, he’ll be expected to right the sometimes off-course ship of communications. This will be helpful to major media reporters who cover the Administration on an ongoing basis. There was a strong love/hate relationship between Gibbs and the press pool.
There have been other staff shake-ups at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. lately, including the addition of campaign-whiz David Plouffe as a senior adviser. They are trying to get their house in order well in advance of Election 2012, it seems.