Jen Psaki’s replacement certainly is not off to a good start. Judging from her job performance thus far, it’s safe to say Karine Jean-Pierre’s only qualifications are being black and a lesbian, which is more important than actual merit in today’s society.
Beyond Jen Psaki’s evil, dead-eyed stare, you could sense some intelligence at least. Conversely, with Jean-Pierre, there doesn’t appear to be any substance rattling around in that cage of hers.
Needless to say, Jean-Pierre hasn’t been the most effective communicator and has failed to deliver Joe Biden’s message in a clear and succinct way. She even bungled his reelection announcement on Monday, during a daily press briefing, and made matters worse later on social media.
Democrats are beginning to wonder whether Joe Biden is the party’s best hope of retaining the White House, but he’s going to give it another shot anyway, according to Jean-Pierre.
The new White House press secretary was asked for clarification after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declined to endorse a Biden 2024 campaign last weekend, pending scrutiny of his “vision.” Ocasio-Cortez’s reluctance to endorse Biden coincides with the president’s lackluster approval ratings and his delay in keeping 2020 policy promises, including measures to mitigate climate change and student loan forgiveness.
“The president, as you know, has been asked that question many times, and he has answered it,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Monday.
WATCH: Fox News’ Peter Doocy presses Karine Jean-Pierre: "Is the President running for reelection?" pic.twitter.com/LWzAm1Tg9u
— TV News Now (@TVNewsNow) June 13, 2022
Other Democrats, such as former President Barack Obama’s chief political strategist David Axelrod and bipartisan White House adviser David Gergen, have raised concerns about Biden’s age. Biden, 79, would be 82 for his hypothetical second inauguration. He would be 84 at his second term’s conclusion.
Later, Jean-Pierre felt the need to clarify her previous statements on Biden’s reelection despite discrediting the initial question as ‘already been answered’.
To be clear, as the President has said repeatedly, he plans to run in 2024.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) June 13, 2022
If Biden “has been asked that question many times,” then why the need to clarify his answer on social media after a reporter already asked the question?
Could it be that Jean-Pierre is unable (or unwilling) to communicate these points in a way that isn’t so obviously hammered through the White House machine?
Perhaps the Biden administration should alter its hiring practices and begin employing individuals with actual skill and not just cheap diversity points.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney