Christine Rousselle

Shortly before 2 p.m., President Obama made a surprise announcement that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has resigned. He will be replaced by Josh Earnest. Earnest had previously been the deputy White House spokesman.

Carney described his career as press secretary as "an amazing experience."

Rumors of his resignation began swirling in mid-March. Carney had served as press secretary since February of 2011. He replaced Robert Gibbs.

Reactions of the resignation on Twitter ranged from shocked to overjoyed, especially in light of the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shineski earlier today.

Carney has not disclosed what he will be pursuing next.

Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle is a web editor with Follow her on Twitter at @crousselle.

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