Karine Jean-Pierre has been named as White House spokeswoman. She was the first woman in the position. Photo EFE
Karine Jean-Pierre will be next White House spokesman. He will replace Jen Psaki, with whom he previously collaborated. Jean-Pierre will be next May 13 at first openly lesbian black woman to hold that position throughout the history of the United States.
Joe Biden confirmed his appointment on Thursday and said he was “proud” of the 44-year-old Jean-Pierre’s candidacy. Even the president praised “experience, talent and honesty”.
Master in Public Affairs, she is the deputy spokeswoman behind Psaki, who is the daily communication link between the American president and the accredited media in Washington.
The hug between the outgoing speaker, Jen Psaki, and her successor, Karine Jean-Pierre. Photo by AP
“She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTI person to hold the position of White House press secretary,” tweeted Psaki, who expected from the start that she would step down in Biden’s term.
Jean-Pierre was born on the island of the French Caribbean Martinique and francophone. His parents, Haitians, later moved to the United States, where they worked as a taxi driver and as a home helper. After graduating from the New York Institute of Technology, he earned a graduate degree from the prestigious Columbia University.
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In the role of his parents and the direction of his family, emblematic of the “American dream”, he referred to in a public statement in 2018, criticizing Donald Trump.
“I’m all Trump hates”is defined in a video for the organization MoveOnwhere he was formerly one of its major figures.
Karine Jean-Pierre in her presentation as speaker. Photo EFE
He worked for non-government entities and also worked behind electoral campaigns. He held the US political direction for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, in 2008 (he ruled the southeast of the country) and in 2012 (at the national level).
In 2020, he worked with Joe Biden, who opened the White House door for him after his victory against Trump.
“It’s an honor”
After officially acknowledging his appointment, Jean-Pierre published a broad letter where he was grateful for the “opportunity” Biden was giving him. He conveyed the message to First Lady Jill Biden.
“This is a real honor. I look forward to serving the administration and the Americans,” he wrote on his social networks. And he added a nod to his predecessor: “They left me at the height of the bar. Jen Psaki has been a great friend, mentor and great press secretary. “
Psaki was definitely one of the people who received him. In addition to highlighting the milestone that his landing will indicate, he assured: “representation is importantand he will give a voice to many, but he will also make many dream about what is really possible.
The outgoing speaker is expected to join the progressive Democratic-oriented MSNBC channel.
“He set the standard for restore decency, respect and decency in the newsroom of the White House, “the president greeted him in the statement, thanking him” for raising the level, talking directly and honestly with Americans, and keeping your sense of humor in doing so. “
Although he has not yet debuted as keynote speaker, Jean-Pierre already knows the difficult task of dealing with microphones and questions from the American press.
In May 2021, he stood on the usual podium occupied by press secretaries. She was the first black woman to do so in three decades.
“It’s really an honor to be here today. I attach importance to this historical moment, I really do,” Jean-Pierre began at the time. And he asked to reduce his intervention, despite knowing its historical importance.
Karine Jean-Pierre at a White House press conference in February. Now it will be done periodically. AP image file
“I think it’s on this podium, in this room, in this building, It doesn’t matter to a person. It’s something we’re doing on behalf of Americans. “
Before her, only one African-American woman stood behind the White House press lectern. made Judy Smith, though occasionally as wellsince he was deputy press secretary for then-Republican President George HW Bush (1989-1993).
With information from the AFP and EFE