As many media outlets predicted, Vice President Joe Biden's director of communications will replace Robert Gibbs as the White House press secretary. The change takes effect in February.
Surge Desk has the facts on the man who's about to live under a barrage of questions.
1. He's already impressed the boss
Sources told Fox News that Carney "hit it out of the park" during the selection process, which required face time with President Barack Obama, senior adviser David Plouffe and new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
2. His band mate got him into politics
Carney, a veteran reporter for Time magazine, began thinking about a career change after the 2008 election. At the time he played in a band with Tony Blinken, Biden's national security adviser. Blinken suggested Carney join him on the Biden staff. (As for the band, Carney has described it as "very bad rock 'n' roll.")
3. He got on John McCain's nerves
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Carney and Michael Scherer, another Time reporter, interviewed Sen. McCain aboard his plane. The interview went downhill as McCain grew irritable and defensive.
Watch Jay Carney recount the experience:
4. He's in bed with the press
As a former reporter, Carney has many years worth of friendships and connections within the media, which will surely prove useful to him in his new job. If things get tense in the briefing room, he can always turn to his wife, "Good Morning America" senior national correspondent Claire Shipman, for advice.
5. He was with George W. Bush on a fateful day
Carney happened to be traveling with the president in September 2001 and was aboard Air Force One with President Bush on 9/11.
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