Carney recently handed over the reins to deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.
Jay Carney said farewell to his post in the Obama White House in comedic form on Thursday.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, the outgoing White House Press Secretary served up some nostalgia and humor as he recalled his time with the press during the last three years. After receiving an email claiming that he was “the longest serving White House Press Secretary since the mid-90’s” Carney gushed about the difficulties and thrills experienced during his tenure in the high-stress position.
“I’m a glutton for punishment, and I actually like it. I love it and I like, there’s nothing better, I find, then a really contentious briefing to make my day.”
Carney also described the theatricality of press briefings, claiming that moments are created by reporters who want to see or hear themselves speak.
When Colbert pointedly asked if there were any regrets from his time in the White House, Carney briefly discussed taking the bait from reporters.
“You finish the exchange thinking, ‘I won that, I killed’ and then you look at it later on TV and you realize that nobody actually sees the whole exchange. They just see you wagging your finger or looking like a jerk and that’s not good for the President,” said Carney.
Those tense moments often provided Carney with a high that only this job could provide.
Carney recently handed over the reins to deputy press secretary Josh Earnest. Carney served in the Obama White House for nearly six years, first serving as the communications director for Vice President Joe Biden before taking on the role of Press Secretary in early 2011.