WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House spokesman Jay Carney gave his final briefing to reporters as the presidential press secretary, concluding a 3 1/2-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, a former Time correspondent, said of his job, quote, "I have loved every minute of every day, even the many minutes of many days I spent in this room."
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