One of the most important jobs in the White House – and let’s be honest, there are many of them – is the role of a press secretary. The person in this position is, in fact, a representative of the current administration. Over the years, we’ve seen many press secretaries succumb to pressure for asking questions and sharing factual answers and honest rebuttals. As Joe Biden’s first year in office approaches, his administration spokesman Jen Psaki continues to display composure and eloquence under pressure, and we’ve compiled five of our favorite moments from her press briefings.
During her tenure as White House press secretary, Psaki has offered the option of mute the microphone many times. From defending members of the Biden administration to defending the reputation and rights of the American people, Psaki provided compelling answers across the board with some impressively harsh phrases. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite psaki press briefings below.
A version of this article was originally published in November 2021.
Jen Psaki defends Pete Buttigieg’s parental leave
During his tenure as US Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttidzic and his husband Chastén Glezman welcomed fraternal twins in August 2021. As befits any new parent, Buttijig was encouraged to spend as much time as possible with his newborns while he got used to them. his new role as a father. When questioned about Buttigic’s paternal leave, Psaki shared that the Transport Minister was combining work and his new family, while reminding everyone that young parents should be offered parental leave.
Mic Drop Moment: “I think you are referring here to the question of whether men, parents and women should have parental leave and maternity leave, and the answer is absolutely yes. In our opinion, this is the policy of the administration, this is what we insist on the adoption of the law. “
Jen Psaki reminds reporters that Americans “care” who tells them to disguise themselves
When Fox News reporter Peter Doosey concluded that Americans “don’t care who tells them to wear a mask,” Psaki quickly responded that the public “must take care” where they get the necessary fact-based information to keep them safe. during a pandemic.
Mic Drop Moment: “I think most Americans really care.”
Jen Psaki’s Response to Florida Governor’s School Mask Policy
During another press briefing, another issue was Florida Gov. DeSantis’s plan to withhold funds from Florida schools that prevent parents from forbidding their children to wear masks in class. When asked whether parents should have the right to determine whether their children should wear masks at school or not, Psaki answered not only with her personal experience as a mother of two young children, but also as a spokesman for the Biden administration. two very important roles in her life. Not only that, she reiterated the importance of children going to school and keeping them safe when they study and communicate as safely as possible in a pandemic.
Mic Drop Moment: “I want health officials, not politicians, to make decisions about how to keep my children safe.”
Jen Psaki defends a woman’s right to choose
President Biden’s Catholic faith and the belief that women have the right to make decisions about their bodies were challenged during this press briefing until Psaki came out with a firm rebuttal. The spokesman reiterated that the president “believes that this is a woman’s right; this is a woman’s body, and this is her choice. ” Doubling her words, Psaki pointed to the person asking the question: “I have never faced such a choice, and you have never been pregnant. But for women who are faced with such a choice, it is an incredibly difficult thing. The President believes that the right must be respected. “
Mic Drop Moment: “I think we need to move on. You’ve had a lot of time today.
Jen Psaki reminds reporters that “trans rights are human rights”
When a reporter asked a (slightly confusing) question about the president’s stance on trans girls participating in high school sports, Psaki echoed the Biden administration’s view of trans community rights. “The President believes that transgender rights are human rights. And that’s why he signed this decree [Executive Order 13988, Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, signed January 2021]”.
Mic Drop Moment: “The President believes that transgender rights are human rights.”
Jen Psaki reveals candid facts about vaccines
Fox News reporter Peter Doosey decided to challenge Pasca over the effectiveness of the vaccines, reminding her that they were “triple vaccinated” and “still infected with COVID.” He asked, “Why does the president still call this a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’?” Okay, sit down, sir, for she has scientific facts ready to serve you. She shared that unvaccinated patients are “17 times more likely to be hospitalized” than vaccinated patients and “20 times more likely to die.”
Mic Drop Moment: “So yes, the consequences for unvaccinated people are much more dire than for those who are vaccinated.”
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