New press secretary on the job
Jay Carney, middle, getting off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House today
February 14th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

New press secretary on the job

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Jay Carney officially took over as White House press secretary today as he traveled to and from Baltimore with President Obama aboard Marine One.

"So far, so good," Carney said Monday to reporters asking how his first day was going.

Carney, a former White House correspondent for Time, and communications director for Vice President Biden, takes over for Robert Gibbs who left to become an outside advisor to the White House.

But Carney will not formally meet the press on day one.

Instead, today’s briefing was held by Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew, who discussed specifics of the new budget released this morning.

It’s not atypical for the president’s economic advisors to lead a briefing to discuss something as wonky as the budget. In fact the director of the OMB and chair of the Council of Economic Advisors briefed the press when the 2011 budget was released last February.

But then Carney’s predecessor Robert Gibbs did his own follow-up briefing later that afternoon, where he, along with taking questions on the budget, announced the Obamas would be traveling to Indonesia later that year.

This year, there is no briefing scheduled in the James S. Brady Briefing Room, and the White House Press Corps will have to wait another day to meet Jay Carney.

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  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well wait then! Do you expect everyone going into office or a position to parrott or to become the exact replica of the one going out? Frankly, that's sure is what it's looking like for the past two years! Let Carney do his own thing! Put his stamp on his new job! I feel just like he's going to pick right up where GIBBS left off and do it well! You all seem to forget what it's about 'CHANGE'! 'CHANGE'! 'CHANGE'! 'YES WE CAN'! OBAMA 2012!

    February 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    Change sounds good, no, a revolution sounds better. Revolution 2011!

    February 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in GA

    Oh, Jay, even after all of your whimpering and crying about the status of the EGYPTIAN REVOLUTIONISTS, since the stepping down of MUBARAK? Their jobs, their bank accounts, who's going to govern them, their security and ways of life, so to speak; what will they do now? AS IF YOU REALLY CARED! But you want the same for AMERICA, do you? Whatever it takes to get that black man out of your whitehouse, you and the teabaggers will risk anything, huh? Be careful of what you ask for, you might get it, ANTI-AMERICAN!

    February 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm |