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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The goodbye of Jen Psaki, effective White House spokeswoman

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Jen Psaki had taken over as White House press secretary just two weeks ago when a reporter asked her if Donald Trump’s Twitter suspension was making life easier for Joe Biden.

“We don’t think much of President Trump here,” she replied, then corrected herself: “Former President Trump.”

It was a preview of what was to come. His briefings were always professional and smooth, but could turn scathing in the blink of an eye. In any case, his professionalism meant that they never generated tensions like those that increase news ratings.

Psaki, who left office Friday, fielded questions from reporters nearly every weekend in the 500 days she served as press secretary. She is leaving as one of the top figures in the White House and probably one of the most prominent faces in government, after President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Her departure could affect Biden’s ability to get his message to the people at a key moment, at least in the short term.

“Anyone with half a brain would rather she stay because she’s so good at this,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, an emeritus professor of political science at Towson University and director of the White House Transition Project, an independent organization that tries to facilitate the transfer of power from one government to another.

Psaki’s successor is Karine Jean-Pierre, the first black and openly LGBTQ woman to serve in the role. She takes office as the government struggles with high inflation and the impact of the war in Ukraine, with less than six months to go before midterm elections, in which the Democratic Party could lose control of both houses of Congress. .

“I’ve had the honor of working with many White House press secretaries and no one has done it better than Jen Psaki,” said Ron Klain, chief of staff to the presidency, who served under the administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. “I will miss her very much, as a colleague and friend of hers, but I know that Karine will follow in her footsteps.”

Psaki has not denied reports that he is going to MSNBC, a news channel whose journalists generally support Biden, where Jean-Pierre worked as an analyst.

Democrats see Psaki as a standard-bearer for their cause, while conservatives see her as a rather distant and cool figure.

Groups supporting Psaki on social media abound, including #Psakibomb, which has over 22 million views on TikTok.

Psaki, however, angered Republicans by describing those who believe Trump’s lies about the 2020 election as “silent mice.” And when shortly after taking office he said he didn’t know who could answer questions about the Space Force, Republicans complained that he was denigrating a branch of the military that combats potential Chinese threats. .

More recently, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was Trump’s press secretary and is now running for governor of Arkansas, said that Psaki’s failure to ask people to stop protesting outside judges’ houses represented “huge hypocrisy.” ”. A New York Post columnist called Psaki “the haughty face of the Biden administration.”

Colleagues of Psaki say that she is a positive and dedicated woman, very applied, who delves into the issues and does not limit herself to memorizing the slogans of the day.

Very early in the day he sent emails to his staff setting the guidelines for the day. And he never stopped.

“She is a student of politics,” said Jeff Zients, former COVID-19 response coordinator for the Biden administration, who described Psaki as “a once-in-a-generation talent,” who stands out not only as communication but also on the political level.

“She’s curious, she asks the right questions and she doesn’t stop until she feels like she’s got to the heart of the matter,” Zients added.

Psaki is 43 years old and has two children, aged six and four. She also served as a State Department spokeswoman and White House deputy press secretary and director of communications under the Obama administration.

Just hours after taking over as press secretary on Jan. 20, 2021, Psaki said it was important “that truth and transparency return” to briefings.

Trump had four secretaries or press secretaries, including Stephanie Grisham, who never spoke to the press, and her successor Kayleigh McEnany, who liked to lecture reporters and was also a campaign adviser. Trump preferred to convey his message himself, mostly through events or Twitter, before being banned by that platform. He would sometimes show up at White House briefings and spread lies while getting into fights with reporters.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said Psaki presented “facts, which is a hallmark of good press secretaries and builds trust. They imply that she has access to the president. That she understands the position of the government”.

“He made it clear that the press plays a vital role in our democracy and that even the most infuriating people must be treated with dignity and respect,” said Mike McCurry, who was press secretary for Bill Clinton. “That is his main legacy.”

For Robert Gibbs, who was Obama’s press secretary, Psaki made briefings “useful for democracy” again after they “went dead” under the Trump administration.

He also noted that Biden rarely gives interviews, adding to the importance of his press secretary.

“She was an extremely effective spokesperson for a White House that relied on her spokeswoman more than others,” Gibbs said.

Psaki recently told Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz” that “sometimes I get a little passionate, but most days I try not to make waves and to provide information, to give people hard information.”

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