White House Press Secretary Carney: ‘I had a lot to learn’

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reflected on his first six months on the job.

I had a lot to learn. I brought something to the table because of my relationships in the press and my perspective. As you guys know I worked for the vice president, vice president Joe Biden for the first two years here and that was an incredible experience. I had some great mentors help me through the change in perspective and what it means to be on this side. But I still think now, in this position, I understand. I’m in the briefing room now, I’m looking at the rows of chairs here, one where I used to sit, and I get where they’re coming from. I obviously don’t always agree with them, I don’t always enjoy every moment of every briefing. But I understand their questions and where they’re headed and how I can either help or steer. So I think I bring something to this, but you learn every day. …

There’s not a day that goes by … where I don’t stop for a moment and say, ‘This is incredible. I can’t believe I’m here.’

Carney spent 20 years as a journalist for Time magazine before becoming Biden’s communications director. The Yale grad replaced Robert Gibbs as President Obama’s spokesman in February. || Related: Jay Carney is floundering under pressure, say Washington insiders (The Telegraph) | Some worry Carney won’t receive the necessary access to Obama | Biden aide, ex-Time writer Carney finds yelling at reporters “a weird experience”

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  • Anonymous

    What was there to learn? Twenty years of partisan hackery at TIME was all the apprenticeship he needed.