TV-tied Psaki bids farewell to Biden and the press corps at the latest briefing

TV-tied Psaki bids farewell to Biden and the press corps at the latest briefing

Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki broke down in tears at her last briefing on Friday, thanking President Biden for the opportunity to fill the role. I swore I wouldn’t get emotional,” she said.

Driving the news: Psaki said her first conversation with Biden and First Lady Jill Biden was after the November 2020 presidential election.

  • “I was very nervous visiting her in Delaware. And really, what we talked about for most of our conversation was the importance of returning integrity, respect and courtesy to the White House,” she said.
  • “On my best days and as I look back I hope I followed the example of integrity and grace they gave to all of us and set for all of us every day. I am incredibly grateful to them.”
Other highlights from Psaki’s recent briefing:
  • Psaki also thanked “a Biden family that extends and expands well beyond the family with the Biden name,” including administrative officials.
  • She also thanked the reporters in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room for her “pioneering role.”
  • “Sometimes we didn’t agree. This is democracy in action. That’s 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 most importantly, thank you for the work you do every day to make this country stronger.”

Psaki also gave advice to new press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who has served as deputy chief press secretary for the White House.

  • “The more you know about political issues and the more you can dig in depth… the better you’ll be able to answer tough questions… and hopefully provide information to the public,” she said.
  • “The last thing I want to say is that it can repeat itself here from time to time,” said Psaki.
  • β€œIn the age of social media Always provide context and full details because you never want to be a one line meme.”

The big picture: Psaki held 224 press conferences during her roughly 16-month tenure, reports CNN.

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