TV-bound Psaki bids farewell to Biden and the press at last briefing

The outgoing White House Press Secretary Jin Saki During her last briefing Friday, she thanked President Biden for the opportunity to serve in that role. I promised myself that I wouldn’t be affected by emotions.”

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

  • “I was very nervous when I went to see them in Delaware,” she said. “And what we really talked about for the majority of our conversation is the importance of bringing integrity, respect and civility back to the White House.”
  • “On the best days of my life, as I look back, I hope to follow the example of integrity and honor they set for all of us and do every day. I am incredibly grateful to them.”
Other highlights from Psaki’s recent briefing:
  • Psaki also thanked “the Biden family, which has expanded and expanded beyond the Biden named family,” including the administrators.
  • She also thanked the reporters In the press briefing room of James S. Brady on their “pivotal role.”
  • “We disagreed at times. This is democracy in action. This is work. “Without accountability and without discussion, the government is not as strong,” she added.
  • “Thank you for what you’re doing, thank you for improving me. Most importantly, thank you for the work you do every day to make this country stronger.”

Psaki also gave advice To the next press secretary Karen Jean-Pierrewho served as the White House’s first deputy press secretary.

  • “The more you know about policy issues, the more you dig in…the more difficult questions you’ll be able to answer…and hopefully provide the information to the public,” she said.
  • “The last thing I would say is that it could be repeated here from time to time,” Psaki said.
  • In the age of social media, Always provide context and all the details because you never want to be a one-line meme. ”

The Big Picture: Psaki held 224 press briefings throughout her nearly 16-month tenure, CNN reports.

deepen: TV buggies are the next stop for most of the White House press secretaries