How Josh Earnest Made Sure He Knew What President Obama Was Thinking
Josh Earnest, the former White House Press Secretary under President Barack Obama, was there when Barack Obama was running for president and when the lights went out in the Obama White House. As he prepared to leave the podium, Earnest sat down with John Yang to discuss the role of being the gatekeeper between the press and the president.
In this video interview, he reflects on his journey to press secretary and leadership lessons-learned from working under President Obama. Earnest shares how he played a leading role behind the scenes to help develop and implement an innovative communications strategy.
Josh Earnest is now the current Chief Communications Officer for United Airlines. As a former press secretary, he distinguished himself and earned the respect of Washington insiders in both parties for his ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments, even during heated exchanges with the White House press corps. Whether managing a legislative setback, celebrating a diplomatic breakthrough, or reacting to a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error. Voted the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with” by White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015, Earnest provides his informed take on political issues inside the Beltway and breaking news around the world through his speeches.
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Former White House Press Secretary, United Airlines CCO, & Well Known Political Commentator
From town hall meetings on the campaign trail in Iowa to private meetings in the Oval Office, Josh Earnest spent a decade advising and advocating for President Obama. Today, he takes audiences behind the scenes and offers his engaging and honest analysis of the current (and future) political landscape.