Jen Psaki, what can be said?
She was a “must follow” as White House press secretary, probably a little too much so. One can make the argument that Karine Jean-Pierre is the better proto-type White House Press Secretary. The press secretary isn’t supposed to make news, and KJP doesn’t. She’s calm, cool, and collected, answering questions straight up. Jen couldn’t help herself. She was fantastic and willing to push the limits. The MAGAs hated her because she could give it right back, almost enjoying playing with them, like a cat with a half-dead mouse.
Jen really does belong on television in the media and not as a spokesperson. She has too much to say on her behalf based on her experiences, first as a spokesperson for Obama’s campaign and working in his communications team, then as Biden’s spokesperson and White House Press Secretary.
We have seen her for months as a contributor for Morning Joe and other MSNBC staples, but the talent was oozing and somewhat wasted. She finally got her own show which debuted on Saturday. By Sunday, clips of Psaki breaking down “wokism” and how it has become the MAGA “go to” explanation for anything wrong, including bank failures and – seemingly – Ron DeSantis’s raison d’etre.
Yeah, except, as Jen explains, a large majority of Americans believe being woke is a good thing and define it as being educated and understanding society’s treatment of marginalized groups and the empathy the dynamic deserves. Better yet, she showed a group of 2016 Trump voters who turned into 2020 Biden voters – the ones most up for grabs, and they were near-universally sick of hearing about it. Then, to show some elan, Psaki found an interview of Bethany Mandel, who literally wrote the book on “Wokeism” (From the MAGA point of view) and why it’s such a danger. In an absolutely cringe-worthy 30-second segment, Mandel couldn’t define “woke.” Long pauses and sentences started but not completed. It was Maddowesque, and that’s Psaki talent.
"Just two cents from someone who has worked in communications — if you can’t explain it and people don’t understand it… it may not be the winning message you think it is."@jrpsaki on the GOP’s war on "woke"#DontFreakOut pic.twitter.com/h2mvq8c0tH
— Inside with Jen Psaki (@InsideWithPsaki) March 19, 2023
That is a star in the making.
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