Jay Carney

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Jay Carney
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26th White House Press Secretary
In office
February 11, 2011 – June 20, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyJosh Earnest
Preceded byRobert Gibbs
Succeeded byJosh Earnest
Personal details
Born
James Carney

(1965-05-22) May 22, 1965 (age 54)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Claire Shipman (m. 1998)
Children2
EducationYale University (BA)

James "Jay" Carney (born May 22, 1965) is the former White House press secretary to President Barack Obama. He served as press secretary from January 2011 through June 2014. For the first two years of Obama’s presidency, Carney was director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden. Prior to his government service, Carney worked for 20 years at Time Magazine, and was the magazine’s Washington bureau chief from 2005 to 2008. As a Washington-based reporter, Carney appeared frequently on various political talk shows, including This Week with George Stephanopoulos for ABC News.

Carney has been the senior vice president of global corporate affairs at Amazon since March 2, 2015. He oversees public policy and public relations for all of Amazon’s businesses around the world and reports to CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

Early life and education[edit]

Carney was raised in Northern Virginia, attended high school at The Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey,[1] and earned a bachelor's degree in Russian and Eastern European studies, from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1987.[2]

Career[edit]

Time Magazine[edit]

After working as a reporter for The Miami Herald, in his first job after college, Carney joined Time magazine as the Miami bureau chief, in December 1988. A Russian speaker, he worked as a correspondent in Time's Moscow bureau for three years, from 1990-1993, covering the collapse of the U.S.S.R.. He transferred to Washington, D.C., in mid-1993, to report on the Bill Clinton White House.[3][2] He covered Clinton’s first term, the Newt Gingrich-led GOP Congress and Clinton’s impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a traveling correspondent on the 2000 presidential campaigns of Texas Governor George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, and White House correspondent for Bush’s first term as president. Carney was one of a few reporters who were aboard Air Force One with President Bush on September 11, 2001 Carney was Time’s Washington bureau deputy chief from 2003 to 2005 and then bureau chief, from September 2005 until December 2008.[3]

White House Press Secretary[edit]

Jay Carney (middle right) in a White House staff meeting in the Oval Office, May 11, 2011

On December 15, 2008, Carney left the private sector to take a position as director of communications to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.[4][5]

On January 27, 2011, Carney was selected to become the Obama Administration's second White House press secretary.[6] He was named the successor to previous White House press secretary Robert Gibbs by White House chief of staff, William M. Daley.[7][8] Carney was one of fourteen White House appointees announced by Daley on that day.[8]

Carney served as press secretary during a series of key moments in the Obama presidency, including: the so-called "Birther movement" publicized by Donald J. Trump and Fox News; the elimination of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces; Obama’s announcement of his support for gay marriage; Obama’s election to a second term; the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut; the passage of the American Tax Relief Act, which raised rates on high earners while extending tax breaks for most Americans; the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare; the government shutdown of October 2013; the shooting of Trayvon Martin; and the imposition of sanctions against Russia for its invasion and occupation of Crimea.

On May 30, 2014, President Barack Obama announced Carney would be succeeded by Josh Earnest. At 3 years, 5 months on the job, Carney is the longest-serving press secretary since Michael McCurry in the mid-1990s.[9]

CNN commentator[edit]

Following his stint as press secretary, Carney worked as a CNN senior political analyst, from September 2014 to February 2015.[10][11]

Amazon[edit]

On 2 March 2015, Carney began working for Amazon as the senior vice president of global corporate affairs.[12]

Twice during the month of October 2019, Carney had to walk back public controversial comments. The first was made during a technical conference in Seattle, where he compared the Bush and Clinton administrations to the Trump administration. Carney said, "Virtually with no exception, everyone I dealt with in those administrations, whether I personally agreed or disagreed with what they thought were the right policy decisions or the right way to approach things, I never doubted that they were patriots,” he said. “I don’t feel that way now." He later walked back the comments with a tweet saying he has respect for countless patriots throughout the US government.

During game six of the 2019 World Series, Carney sent out a tweet complaining of the officiating of the game. Carney tweeted, "What a disgrace for the @mlb. The entire ump crew is a bunch of overweight, diabetic, half-blind geriatrics. Bring in the machines!!" He apologised the next day.[13]

Awards[edit]

In 2003, Carney won the 2003 Gerald R. Ford prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency of the United States of America.

Personal life[edit]

Carney lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Claire Shipman, a best-selling author and former correspondent for ABC News, NBC News and CNN, and their two children.[14] He is a devoted fan of the indie rock band Guided By Voices.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jay Carney '83 Named White House Personal Minister works to rid Obama of his sins". The Lawrenceville School. January 28, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Connolly, Katie (January 28, 2011). "James Carney: Profile of White House press secretary". BBC News. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Kurtz, Howard (December 16, 2008). "Time Magazine's Carney Hired as Biden Spokesman". Washington Post. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Biden TIME". Time. December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2010.
  5. ^ Calderone, Michael (December 15, 2008). "Stengel defends Carney's decision". Politico. Retrieved December 27, 2010.
  6. ^ Henry, Ed (January 27, 2011). "Jay Carney named White House press secretary". CNN. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Mason, Jeff; Holland, Steve (January 27, 2011). "Former reporter Carney next White House spokesman". Reuters. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Knoller, Mark (January 27, 2011). "Daley, Not Obama, Announces new Press Secretary, Aides". CBS News. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Camia, Catalina (May 30, 2014). "White House spokesman Jay Carney resigns". USA Today. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  10. ^ Stetler, Brian (September 10, 2014). "Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator". CNNpolitics. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Allen, Mike (February 26, 2015). "Jay Carney to Amazon". Politico. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  12. ^ Kusek, Kathleen (February 26, 2015). "Amazon Hires Ex-White House Spokesman Jay Carney". Forbes. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Del Rey, Jason (October 31, 2019). "Amazon's top spokesperson walks back controversial comments for the second time in a month". Recode. Vox Media. Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help) |archive-url= requires |url= (help).
  14. ^ Boss, Shira J. (March 2002). "From Columbia to the Kremlin and the Capital". Columbia College Today. Columbia College Alumni Association. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  15. ^ Chris Richards (May 23, 2013). "White House press secretary Jay Carney discusses favorite band, Guided by Voices". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  16. ^ The Fire Note (May 25, 2014), Jay Carney Intro Guided By Voices in DC, retrieved August 3, 2017

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Gibbs
White House Press Secretary
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Josh Earnest