Jay Carney named White House press secretary
January 27th, 2011
03:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Jay Carney named White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, will succeed Robert Gibbs as the most visible spokesman for President Barack Obama. Other White House aides who have been considered for press secretary include Bill Burton, Stephanie Cutter, Josh Earnest and Jen Psaki.

Several Democratic sources said that based on the private deliberations inside the White House, Carney was the clear front-runner for the job.

One of the sources said the job was "totally lined up for Jay" before Daley was named chief of staff this month. Then Daley reopened the process to more candidates to make sure they were making the right move, and that second round of considerations has come to a close with Carney at the top of the list, the source said.

In an announcement to White House staff, Daley also listed a series of other staff moves on the eve of the last official day at the White House for the president's senior adviser, David Axelrod, and deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina. Both of them are headed to Chicago for prominent roles in the 2012 re-election campaign, with Messina becoming the campaign manager.

Other announcements included two new deputies for Daley: Alyssa Mastromonaco (deputy in charge of operations) and Nancy-Ann DeParle (deputy in charge of policy), replacing Messina and Mona Sutphen, who has been expected to leave for private life for some time.

As CNN has reported, top White House aide Rob Nabors was named the president's chief liaison to Congress. A former top official in the Office of Management and Budget, Nabors was a senior adviser to then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

The president's current congressional lobbyist, former congressional aide Phil Schiliro, had intended to leave at the end of 2010 but will stay on to help with the transition, Daley's announcement said.

In another long-expected move, David Lane was named a counselor to Daley with a coveted "assistant to the president" title as well. Lane is a Daley favorite who served as his chief staff when Daley was commerce secretary. He recently stepped down as CEO of ONE, Bono's group that fights poverty and preventable diseases around the world, to join the White House staff.

Other positions announced by Daley included:

- Ron Bloom, assistant to the president for manufacturing policy (National Economic Council)

- Stephanie Cutter, assistant to the president and deputy senior adviser

- Emmett Beliveau, deputy assistant to the president and chief of staff to the chief of staff

- Jon Carson, deputy assistant to the president and director of the Office of Public Engagement

- Danielle Crutchfield, deputy assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance

- David Cusack, deputy assistant to the president and director of advance

- Mike Strautmanis, deputy assistant to the president and counselor for strategic engagement to the senior adviser

- Jessica Wright, deputy assistant to the president and director of scheduling

- Brian Deese, special assistant to the president and deputy director of the National Economic Council

Filed under: Jay Carney • President Obama • Robert Gibbs • White House
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mr. President always taps the smartest, brightest and most highly educated intelligent people we have and that's important. This shows are young Americans how important education is in order to succeed in life, a high school diploma is good but not enough. The global competition will leave our children behind without education. Washington within itself, has a lot of heavy weight educators, doctors, lawyers, etc. and they didn't get it by being lazy or expecting someone just to give them something for nothing.

    January 27, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Descarado

    Ahhhhhhh. Finally! The next Joseph Goebbels.

    January 27, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    I recommend Keith Olberman for the job.

    January 27, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Sara

    I actually prefer to have Jon Stewart.

    January 27, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    Will he have that same little smirk on his face while he's lying to the American public?

    Because, you know, people really got to like that when Gibbs did it.

    January 27, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. manners

    is it just me or does every refer to our president as obama instead od president or even mr. obama?

    January 27, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. the_dude

    What is this going to do to biden? How will he talk without this guy? Biden will be like the guy in the background who nods but doesn't speak.....ever!

    January 27, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Hmmm

    He looks a little sweet to me! 🙂

    January 27, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Yabba

    Would prefer Art Carney. Would really love to see his hand-winding and shaking routine before he made his address: Hello, ball.

    January 27, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. someoneelse

    "Obama expected to name Carney next press secretary"
    Well, I don't know if hiring a 'carney' will help, but it's probably better than any politician!

    January 27, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Ricky L

    @ Descarado

    You should be ashamed of yourself implying that Jay Carney is a nazi and that President Obama is Hitler.

    January 27, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Muffy

    Jay is a very intelligent young man, attractive and personable. He will be quite able to handle the Wash. Press Corp. I hope he gets it.

    January 27, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Bob

    Jay Carney 's experience at state run media Time magazine gave him valuable experience in cranking out the latest pro Obama leftwing spin...

    January 27, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. ConcernedNetizen

    That's right, keep shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic...

    January 27, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. ConcernedNetizen

    @claudia: "Washington within itself, has a lot of heavy weight educators, doctors, lawyers, etc. and they didn't get it by being lazy or expecting someone just to give them something for nothing." - as terrible as it may seem a realization, most of those eds, docs, lawyers, and banksters really DID get to washington by being lazy, and they ALWAYS get something for nothing.... But your still right, it was their education that got them into such a place...

    January 27, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. MikeBell

    I hope this means that the press conferences will be more professional, informative, and less like an informal frat gathering of reporters.

    January 27, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. babe ruth

    Does anyone think biden can answer correctly what 1 plus 1 is? I put my money on he doesn't know the answer.

    January 27, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Petermax

    Well, Obungles is showing signs of improvement...this guy looks a heck more presentable than that ugly fat old farm dude that just quit this office of press secetary!

    January 27, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Mr. Davidson

    With Rahm grabbing his bags and hightailing it for Chi town ,whether he could get on the ballot or not and Gibbs running for the parking lot at the Capital maybe this former pundit can come up with something better than Win The future or the Martha Stewart moment.As Halliburton Blackwater and Karzai and Goldmans have already won the present who needs a future.

    January 27, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Don

    He has no chance anyway, so what's the point?

    January 27, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. BCassutt

    Any guy who can survive as Biden's press secretary certainly qualifies for the job!

    January 27, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Petermax

    actually I would have recommended Dan Quayle fer da job, but he lost all his hair, I heard.

    January 27, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Phattee

    Eric Stoltz should play him in the movie version.

    January 27, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Descarado

    @BCassutt...One must be a licensed embalmer to be Biden's press secretary.

    January 27, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Dbrown

    Congrats on both. He will be a great addition to the presidents team!

    January 27, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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