(Washington) She embodied the promises of appeasement, then the disillusionments of Joe Biden without a false note, but without restoring the popularity of the American President: Jen Psaki resigns her seat as spokeswoman on Friday.
Posted at 11:25am
At 43, she will come to the desk of the famous White House press room for the last time to devote herself to the impressive exercise of the daily press conference.
Jen Psaki has always said that after a little over a year as spokeswoman for the US Executive, she will step down and want to spend more time with her two young children.
From Monday, his assistant Karine Jean-Pierre will face the raised hands of journalists. As the first black and openly lesbian woman to hold the title of Press Secretary, she will have to defend an unpopular Joe Biden, who has had to bury his high hopes for reform and political reconciliation.
Jen Psaki assured that they share the same ambition: “To create a working environment without drama”.
The calm after the scandals
In fact, it has brought calm after the scandals surrounding Donald Trump’s mandate.
This former good-level swimmer avoided the pitfalls, fluently unfolding the elements of the language on all sorts of topics and getting in touch with sensitive subjects with a smile.
Where Donald Trump’s spokespersons insulted journalists, even leaving the press room, Jen Psaki congratulated reporters on a birthday, a wedding, a promotion.
All under the glare of the public: In an interview, the outgoing spokeswoman said she received bars from viewers who were annoyed that she regularly pinned her red hair back.
A graduate in sociology and English, she entered Democratic Party politics after earning her degree and worked in communications positions during the Obama administration.
She was Foreign Ministry spokeswoman for two years, which led to her being targeted by the pro-Kremlin Russian press.
Jen Psaki, who has proliferated inflammatory statements against Vladimir Putin since the start of the war in Ukraine, has probably not forgotten that in June 2021 the Russian president described her in these sexist terms: “a pretty cultured young woman” who “always mixes everything above”.
In the White House, she faced off against Star Fox News reporter Peter Doocy in her most heated arguments.
It has even become something of a routine that delights two camps on social media: one applauds the “psakibombs,” the darts fired by the speaker; the other enjoyed the attacks of the conservative broadcaster’s journalist.
Which assured that he would regret Jen Psaki’s departure and welcomed an always “legal” interlocutor.
Behind these almost unanimous hymns of praise, however, lies a certain weariness on the part of the journalists who have faced the perfectly closed communications of the White House.
In a recent article on the Politico website, a reporter quoted on condition of anonymity summarizes: “Unfortunately, Jen is very good at her job. […] So the job is less rewarding because you’re no longer saving democracy from Sean Spicer,” a former spokesman for Donald Trump. “If you go after Jen, you just look like a motherfucker. »
The once again subdued atmosphere of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room often seems a thousand miles removed from an American political world that has by no means settled down.
Hence the sometimes striking contrast between Jen Psaki’s optimistic message in Washington and the insults hurled by Donald Trump supporters as Joe Biden’s convoy passed the streets of rural or working-class America.
The change in speaker also coincides with a new tone from the White House, which is now attacking Republicans, who believe in the former president’s ideas, head-on after they have long advocated collaboration across party affiliations.
Jen Psaki has so far left the mystery of her future, but according to the press, she is set to join the progressively-oriented MSNBC channel.