WASHINGTON — Jay Carney, the spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, will replace Robert Gibbs as President Obama's press secretary, the White House announced Thursday.
A former journalist who spent 20 years at Time magazine, Carney, 45, joined the Obama administration two years ago as communications director for the vice president. His elevation is part of a White House overhaul that has seen several other West Wing staffers promoted, as well as the departures of key aides David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel.
Gibbs, who has worked for Obama since 2004 and served as his lead spokesman during the first two years of his presidency, announced early this month he would be leaving to join the private sector, while still advising the president's reelection campaign.
The White House may view Carney, who enjoys good relationships with many members of the Washington press corps from his years as a member, as the right person to court the national media as the reelection campaign develops. The appointment also signals Biden's growing influence within the West Wing. Longtime Biden cohort Thomas Donilon became Obama's national security advisor in October.