Carney traces journey from Yale to White House

Speaking to a packed area of Timothy Dwight students yesterday, Jay Carney ’87 traced his path from arriving as a freshman at Yale to getting to be the White House press secretary under President Barack Obama for three many years.

The Master’s Tea was only open to college students in Timothy Dwight, partly due to the fact of the mind-boggling curiosity in hearing Carney among Yale students, according to Timothy Dwight Master Jeffrey Brenzel. Though efforts had been created to maintain the occasion intimate, Carney stated he is not a shy public speaker.

“I’m most cozy at a podium,” he explained.

While at Yale, Carney was in TD and wrote for The New Journal. During this time, Mikhail Gorbachev came to energy in the Soviet Union, and what appeared to be a static political situation in Russia started to crumble, Carney mentioned. He extra that this inspired him to pursue a degree in Russian Studies. After graduating, Carney worked briefly at the Miami Herald, but was rapidly employed by Time Magazine and sent to Moscow the place he covered the decline and demise of the Soviet Union from 1989 to 1993. Following leaving Russia in 1993 Carney said he started covering American politics in Washington, D.C.

Carney explained his path to turning into the chief spokesperson for the 44th president was unique. Whereas most press secretaries before him had been both politicians or in the president’s inner circle, Carney came to his work as a journalist.

When Obama last but not least invited him to the White Residence and supplied him the job, Carney said he was wary of how speedily White Property press secretaries flip in excess of. Robert Gibbs, his predecessor, held the job for only two years.

“My job trajectory did not have a fantastic background to it when I took more than,” Carney explained.

Carney went on to describe the turbulent and nerve-racking atmosphere he worked in although at the White House. The Benghazi attacks, the faulty rollout of and the Newtown school shooting have been all issues Carney spoke to the press about in the course of his 3 and a half many years in the position.

His time in the White Home, he said, was like “trying to stand up in a hurricane.” But he added that it was the very best feasible task.

Carney talked about a humorous experience with the Queen of England in which she advised Carney that he had “the hardest job” while President Obama was standing following to him.


After he finished speaking, Carney took students’ inquiries, joking that he is “comfortable answering concerns.”

When asked about the existing state of journalism, Carney stated that because of diminishing budgets and personnel for mainstream news organizations, he is generally pessimistic.

Queries from college students ranged in subject from modifications in the way the White Residence utilizes social media websites like Twitter and Facebook to the growing polarization of American politics.

College students interviewed said Carney spoke candidly and eloquently.

“I thought he was a lot more candid than he had to be,” William McGrew ’18 mentioned. McGrew extra that he felt Carney did not cover anything up and that the talk shed light on numerous interesting dynamics in the Obama administration.

Corey Malone-Smolla ’16 stated she felt Carney was very collected in his ideas, and that he expressed his political views in a very subtle way.

TD Operations Manager Bob Kennedy ’75 mentioned Carney’s story was perfect for Yale college students, particularly those in TD, to hear.

Near the end of the talk, Carney reminisced about moving into Entryway E of Timothy Dwight as a freshman at Yale, winning the Tyng Cup and acquiring concerned in picket lines to protest for pink-collar staff. He stated that Yale exposed him to politics and the way political policies affect peoples’ lives. A lot of of his political views had been formed at Yale, he extra.

Carney won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.

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