While the big news Friday was the resignation of the Veteran Affairs Administrator, a far more significant resignation was happening within the White House itself. The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, resigned signaling an the end to the mainstream media’s patience with Barack Obama.
Ari Fleisher, press secretary for President George W. Bush for nearly two and a half years, knew only too well the pressures of Carney’s job. “I wish him well. He served a long time in a very hard job. Regardless of politics or ideology, or whatever anyone thinks of him or his boss, it’s a hard job and a wonderful job.”
Nevertheless, it had become blatantly obvious to even the most biased reporter covering the White House that Carney was beginning to sound like the blundering German Sergeant Shultz on the TV sitcom, “Hogan’s Heroes,” who would bellow, “I know nothing, nothing.”
Democratic analyst and pollster Doug Schoen said, “Press secretaries have a natural life of only about one term, so I am frankly surprised he has stayed as long as he has. He spouted the party line, avoided difficult questions, and maintained he knew very little about most subjects beyond what he had already said; a job well done from the president’s point of view.”
Carney, 49, succeeded Robert Gibbs in February 2011 after working for Vice President Joe Biden. Obama named Carney’s No. 2, Josh Earnest, 39, as his successor. He first worked on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Most White House reporters were surprised Carney stayed as long as he did with his colleagues snickering at his blatant attempts to cover up items that were obviously to everyone. One of his last famous attempts was the day the Benghazi emails were uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act. His take on the email’s content could have been part of a stand-up routine.
But one must consider what this man was asked to explain the unexplainable including new revelations surrounding the administration’s response to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, the ongoing IRS scandal singling out conservative groups for “special scrutiny,” outrage over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, the “Fast and Furious gun running scandal by the Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.
It is amazing the man stayed on the job as long as he did (three years). “For Jay, he’d been there an awfully long time. That’s an unusually long time for a modern-day press secretary. The job requires an unwavering loyalty to the president, and it cannot be done otherwise,” Fleischer told Newsmax.
Perhaps Carney had gotten up too many mornings and didn’t like what he saw in the mirror. From some of the performances he put on for White House reporters, he has an excellent second career in dancing awaiting him.
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