The wicked witch of the White House is finally leaving, only to be replaced by a woman who checks all the diversity boxes, which means more to the Biden administration than actual merit.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki will depart President Joe Biden’s team on May 13 after months of speculation.
Psaki’s departure was announced in the White House’s statement that her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, has been appointed to the position.
"She will give a voice to so many": Jen Psaki celebrates Karine Jean-Pierre, who will replace her as White House press secretary. Jean-Pierre will be the first Black and openly LGBTQ+ person to serve in the role. https://t.co/8G8xFy2bhW pic.twitter.com/R4nPRB1fqS
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 6, 2022
“She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary,” Psaki said of Jean-Pierre on Twitter. “Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dreams big about what is truly possible.”
[source: The Washington Examiner]
Jean-Pierre, in turn, praised Psaki as “a true, solid, amazing person.” She said of the outgoing press secretary, “She has been just a wonderful colleague, a friend, a mentor over this past year and a half.”
Blah Blah Blah. Professional ass-kissing is of no interest to the American public.
Psaki’s next professional destination was not publicized on Thursday. “I have nothing to announce on my plans other than to sleep, read books,” she said in response to a question about her future at the briefing. “I’ll take recommendations for Netflix, Hulu. I am today, obviously, just celebrating Karine.”
She had been needled on the ethics of remaining the White House’s top spokeswoman amid rumors she was negotiating post-administration deals with TV networks, such as CNN and MSNBC. It was reported in March she was in final talks with MSNBC, including for her own show on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming platform.
“I have always gone over and above the stringent ethical requirements of the Biden administration,” Psaki said at the time. “So I hope that all of you, I’ve been working with all of you for some time, would judge me for my record and how I treat all of you both in the briefing room and otherwise.”
Psaki has teased her exit since last spring, confiding in an interview with David Axelrod, a fellow alum of former President Barack Obama’s administration, that it would “be time for somebody else to have this job, in a year from now or about a year from now.”
To celebrate Psaki’s departure, let’s revisit this gem — a compilation of her all-time favorite phrase:
In honor of Jen Psaki leaving the White House, it’s time to revisit this gem.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 6, 2022
So long, Jen!
Author: Nolan Sheridan