But when will she circle back?
President Biden announced on Thursday that Jen Psaki is leaving the administration next week; she will be replaced by her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre.
“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people. Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.
“I just want to take the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate my friend, my colleague, my partner in truth Karine Jean-Pierre,” Psaki said in the Whit House briefing room Thursday night.
“We were doing a lot of crying — and trying not to do it now,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. “I’m still processing it because, as Jen said at the top, this is a historic moment and it’s not lost on me. I understand how important it is for so many people out there.”
She added, “I used to teach college students. I had the pleasure of doing that for about six, seven years. And they would ask me… ‘How did you get to where you got to?’ And I would say to them, and it took me a little bit of time to figure this part out, that I’m about to share with you, which is follow your passion. Follow what you believe in and just, you know, keep that focus, because that matters.”
“She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary,” Psaki tweeted. “Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible.”
Psaki is expected to become a contributor for MSNBC.
She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary. Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 5, 2022
— New York Post (@nypost) May 5, 2022