ABC’s Arlette Saenz and Scott Wilson report:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney took to the podium on Wednesday for his final briefing after more than three years on the job.
Carney walked into the briefing room as a song by Guided Voices played in the background. “Now, that is some good rock ‘n’ roll,” Carney said.
“This has been an extraordinary experience, and I have loved every minute of every day, even the many minutes of many days I spent in this room,” the outgoing press secretary added. “As I think most of you now understand and believe, it’s always a pleasure, no matter how hard it can get in here, how hot it can sometimes be and contentious it sometimes is.”
ABC News took a look back at Carney’s time as White House press secretary. Here are five of the most memorable moments, including some exchanges with ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl:
1. Jay Carney Declares, ‘Jon, I Get It’ to ABC’s Karl on Health Law Bypass
Carney “mocks” Jon Karl’s mannerisms in a heated exchange over Obamacare.
2. WH Press Secretary Jay Carney Sports Post-Holiday Beard
Carney surprises reporters with his new beard at a January press briefing. The crowd goes wild.
3. Jay Carney Tries ‘Turning the Tables’ on Jon Karl
ABC’s Jon Karl presses Carney on debt ceiling negotiations last November. Leads to a feisty exchange between the two.
4. Jay Carney Defends New Benghazi Email
An April press briefing heats up when ABC’s Jon Karl attempts to get a straight answer from Carney.
5. White House Press Secretary Zings Donald Trump
Carney fields a sarcastic question on Donald Trump, and the daily press briefing turns into a pun competition.