Outgoing Press Secretary Carney Thanks Obama For ‘Taking a Chance’ on Him

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney waves at the end of his last White House briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House June 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney waves at the end of his last White House briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House June 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Jay Carney gave his final briefing to reporters as the presidential press secretary on Wednesday, concluding a 3½-year run sparring with a White House press corps to which he once belonged.

Carney is leaving after five years as both a presidential and a vice presidential aide. Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will replace him at the White House podium.

Unflappable and careful not to improvise, Carney presided over the daily hour-long press briefings, explaining and defending Obama policies and initiatives. Carney’s entry into the briefing room Wednesday was heralded by music from Guided by Voices, Carney’s favorite indie rock band.

“I have loved every minute of every day, even the many minutes of many days I spent in this room,” Carney, a former Time correspondent, said of his job.

He also thanked President Barack Obama for “taking a chance on me.”

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough praised Carney for, “unrelenting good work and unrelenting good service.”

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