In his first week behind the podium since Carney stepped down, Earnest took to Twitter Wednesday for an impromptu question-and-answer session.
Responding to a question about when to expect a “Carney-esque beard,” the 37-year-old Earnest replied:
Earnest was sure to get a little ribbing of two of his colleagues in as well during the Twitter Q&A. Referencing an intern who unexpectedly fainted during his second press briefing, Earnest said of White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz and Assistant Press Secretary Matt Lehrich:
Earlier in the day during the White House press briefing, the Obama administration’s @PressSec account on the social networking site switched over from Carney’s name and image to that of Earnest.
The new White House spokesman also delved into a political-television war when asked to choose between "House of Cards" and "West Wing."