She became the second black woman to take on this prestigious role. Karine Jean-Pierre wrote a page of history this Wednesday by appearing at the desk in the press room of the White House. However, this had not happened since 1991 and Judy Smith, under the presidency of George HW Bush.
Karine Jean-Pierre has already made press briefings from Air Force One, during presidential trips. But these are less impressive than the daily “briefing”, which is broadcast live on television and where the slightest misstep can be expensive.
Born in Martinique of Haitian parents, Karine Jean-Pierre also became the first openly homosexual woman to take place, facing journalists, on the prestigious platform of the “James S. Brady Press Room”. “Today is a big day at the White House”, a tweeté Jen Psaki, spokesperson, who had therefore temporarily given way to his deputy. “It is a great honor to be here today,” said the latter, supposedly aware of the “historical dimension” of her presence.
“I am everything Donald Trump hates”
Long a figure in the associative world, the French-speaking forty-something worked on the two campaigns of Barack Obama (2008 and 2012) then that of Joe Biden in 2020 before joining his team at the White House. Karine Jean-Pierre has often explained how her parents’ career had a decisive impact on her choice and her career. “I am everything Donald Trump hates,” she explained in a video for the organization MoveOn, of which she was once one of the main figures. I am a black woman, I am homosexual, I am a mother. “
“My two parents were born in Haiti and they came here for the American dream,” she added, explaining that she wanted to be in a position to one day explain to her daughter what she had done, how she had mobilized, in the face of the “madness” of the Trump presidency.
The appearance of Karine Jean-Pierre at the desk takes on particular relief because the current holder of the prestigious post of “White House Press Secretary”, Jen Psaki, has indicated that she intends to give way within a year.