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Jay Carney, who put aside a career in journalism to become spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, on Thursday was named the new White House press secretary.

Carney, the former Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, will replace Robert Gibbs, who said last month that he would step down in February to become an adviser for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley made the announcement in an e-mail to staffers that also listed a number of internal personnel moves. Gates is expected to stay in his current role through mid-February.

"I believe these decisions will bring greater clarity to our structure and roles and will enhance coordination and collaboration among us," Daley wrote.

Carney, who met with Obama over the weekend, joined the administration as Biden's spokesman immediately after the 2008 election.

Carney's no stranger to the White House press room, having covered the presidencies of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for Time. He's married to Claire Shipman, a correspondent for ABC News.

A senior administration official told The New York Times that the changes were made for three reasons: to fill the departures typical of a midpoint in the president's term; adjust to the changed dynamic in Congress now that Republicans have a majority in the House and more strength in the Senate; and to answer "valid criticisms" that the White House had become too insular.

Observers believe naming Carney was a needed move at a pivotal point in Obama's presidency. "We're at a period where governing is crucial and they felt they had not been as successful as the president would like," Martha Kumar, a Towson University professor who studies White House operations, told Politico. "In fact [Obama has] said that, as far as communications went . . . he wants to have people who can explain policy better, and that means a change in approach."

Among the other changes announced in Daley's memo: Nancy-Ann DeParle, who handled health care legislation for the administration, and Alyssa Mastromonaco, who heads the president's scheduling and advance operations, were named deputy chiefs of staff; and Rob Nabors, who has served in the Office of Management and Budget, will lead the White House legislative affairs office.

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angeldolllogic

Hmmmmm, ahhhhh, uhhh, well, THANK GOODNESS!

January 28 2011 at 4:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Buster

The Messiah just can't resist surrounding himself with left wing fanatics. Carney was a journalist for Time Magazine. That's all you need to know about him.

January 28 2011 at 8:26 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jpepoon

I really enjoy Robert Gibbs and am sorry to hear he is leaving government service. He always has a level headed approach to handling the stampeding press corps and is generally able to maintain a civil dialogue in the face of the fanatical desire by the dominant media to drum up negative/scoop information they can distort and pass on to their "readers"....

I feel that Jay Carney is an excellent replacement and thought different in temperment than Gibbs still has a sense of humor and the ability to field the diverse range of questions by his scoop hungry protaginistics who we euphemistically call the "Washington Press Corps".

Good-by Robert, thank you for your excellent service to our country and congratulations to Jay. I also have always liked Clare Shipman (Carney's espousa). She is an excellent, level headed reporter who lets the news tell the story! Great couple, happy to have them aboard!

Thank you!

Regards,

Jim

January 28 2011 at 7:18 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
wra3577984

Friday, January 28, 2011
Imagine....with all the hot air coming out of the Obama administration, does it really matter which former journalist wunderkind delivers this or that prepared speech! As a matter of fact; the back slapping and bloated rhetoric has become so hollow and repetitious it is nauseating to watch and listen to. Let’s hope Mr. Carney can convey the latest info from the current resident in the White House with out the madding Ahhhhhhhh’s and Ummmmmmmmmm’s in each and every sentence as is the case with Mr. Gibbs with his hot air balloon rides, which always seem to bump along the landscape, as opposed to gaining any altitude. WFR

January 28 2011 at 7:11 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
sfields435

Ed: Clearly, anyone who joins this administration will be a Dem -- just as those who joined the Bush Administration were Republicans. Time Magazine's current editor does, indeed, lean to the Left -- but why does that upset you when the President & CEO of Fox...and ALL of it's on air personalities...lean SO FAR Right??? AND The Wall St. Journal...The New York Post... & The Washington Post do so as well???

January 28 2011 at 4:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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dukehoops3211

Hello-
I know we're not supposed to agree on here, but as a moderately conservative guy, I still believe people aren't reasonable these days to their political oppponets. I completely agree that of course Obama would pick a left-leaning person to represent him as would Bush choose someone right-of-center. I also agree that as much as my side shouldn't worry about how tainted or left MCNBC or NPR or the LA or NY Times is, the lefties shouldn't give a damn about Fox News. If you don't like a paper or station, avoid it. I wish there were more civil-minded posts like yours out there!
Brian

January 29 2011 at 7:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dukehoops3211

Hello-
I know we're not supposed to agree on here, but as a moderately conservative guy, I still believe people aren't reasonable these days to their political oppponets. I completely agree that of course Obama would pick a left-leaning person to represent him as would Bush choose someone right-of-center. I also agree that as much as my side shouldn't worry about how tainted or left MCNBC or NPR or the LA or NY Times is, the lefties shouldn't give a damn about Fox News. If you don't like a paper or station, avoid it. I wish there were more civil-minded posts like yours out there!
Brian

January 29 2011 at 7:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
taxguy527

Carney....a perfect name for a new obama administration official. This administration is a carnival fraud, with almost no real-world experience. Instead, it is loaded up with mostly individuals who have little or no respect for the Private Sector, little if any respect for Capitalism and free markets, and who see Big Govt as the ultimate answer to every problem. God help us.

January 28 2011 at 1:46 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
soapyjeans

Obama sure like to hire staff from lamestream media, rofl... Jay Carney's wife is the white house correspondent for CBS, isn't that going to be cozy... I also recall a staffer from nbc I think was engaged to the head finance guy. And lets not forget how he hired Anita Dunns husband as a white house attorney. Guess we now know how lamestream media gets the white house talking points so fast, rofl. No wonder the partisan rhetoric just keeps ratcheting up from government media. Just today, Katie Couric reported a report filed by 7 dems on the deficit as though it were fact... What she omitted was the remainder 3 republicans on that committee disagreed with the dems report and will release their own pr in a day or so. Now I wonder why she thought we wouldn't want to know that??? You see with obamamedia, its not so much what they say, its what they leave out, rofl

January 28 2011 at 12:49 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
BILL

16 MOS FROM NOW NO ONE WILL REMEMBER WHO GIBBS IS OR WAS---JUST A PASSING PAIN IN THE BUTT FOR THE MEDIA

January 27 2011 at 9:55 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Ed

It is not surprising, (to me,) that a Time magazine 'journalist' is leaving his Democrat-oriented journalizing and his Democrat-oriented magazine, and now will more honestly serve the Obama bandwagon. But nevermind, Time can easily replace him with another left-oriented 'journalist'.

January 27 2011 at 9:47 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

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