Carney-Val! Obama’s New Mouthpiece Cruises in Packed Debut, While Burton Bows Out

Meet your new White House Press Secretary: Jay Carney, the former Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine, took his first turn behind the podium today as President Obama’s second press secretary.

The briefing room was packed with reporters eager to feel out the administration’s new mouthpiece, after two sometimes-contentious years of dealing with Robert Gibbs, who departed last week.

The Times has the blow-by-blow, and below is video from the Washington Post‘s website.

Gibbs’ departure left a lot of questions in the White House press shop, but one of them was answered today, when Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton–a Buffalo native recently floated as a Democratic candidate for Chris Lee’s vacant seat–announced he’d leave the White House to start a consulting firm.