TV-bound PSAKI bids farewell to Biden and the press at final briefing
Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki wept during her final Friday briefing, thanking President Biden for the opportunity to play the role. “I promised myself that I wasn’t going to get emotional,” she said.
Driving the news: PSAKI said his first conversation with Biden and First Lady Jill Biden was after the November 2020 presidential election.
- “I was very nervous when I went to see them in Delaware. And really, what we talked about for most of our conversation was the importance of bringing integrity and respect and civility to the White House,” she said.
- “On my best days and looking back, I hope I followed the example of integrity and grace that they set for all of us and give to all of us every day. grateful.”
Other highlights from the latest PSAKI briefing:
- Psaki also thanked “a Biden family that has grown and grown far beyond the family named Biden,” including administration officials.
- She also thanked the journalists in the James S. Brady press conference room for their “central role”.
- “Sometimes we disagreed. This is democracy in action. That’s how it works. Without accountability, without debate, the government is not as strong,” she said.
- “Thank you for what you do, thank you for making me better. And above all, thank you for the work you do every day to make this country stronger.”
PSAKI also gave advice to incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who served as the senior deputy White House press secretary.
- “The more you know about political issues, the more you can drill down…the more you’ll be able to answer the tough questions…and hopefully provide information to the public,” she said.
- “The last thing I would say is that it can get repetitive here at times,” Psaki said.
- “In the age of social media, always provide context and all the details because you never want to be a one-line meme.”
The big picture: PSAKI held 224 press briefings throughout his roughly 16-month tenure, CNN reports.
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