White House Press Secy Robert Gibbs
The left hand of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs shows a shopping list featuring "Eggs, Milk, Hope and Change," the latter two words used heavily in U.S. President Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign, during Gibbs' daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Feb. 9, 2010. Reuters/Jason Reed

Jay Carney announced his resignation from his position as White House press secretary on Friday afternoon. Josh Earnest will take over from Carney in mid-June, making him the 15th press secretary since the Carter administration. The average press secretary survives in the position for less than 2.5 years. Click through the timeline below to see why so many great minds have resigned from what some call the hardest job in Washington.

Good luck, Josh Earnest.