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Karen Jean-Pierre steps up to the White House podium and makes history

Karen Jean-Pierre steps up to the White House podium and makes history

Karen Jean-Pierre wrote a page of history Wednesday by appearing in front of the press room office of the White House: she became the second black woman to assume such a prominent role.

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But that hasn’t happened in decades: The first was Judy Smith, under George HW Bush, in 1991. “Today is a great day in the White House,” Jane Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, tweeted. A word from the White House, which thus temporarily gave way to his deputy.

“It is a great honor to be here today,” the latter said, noting that she was aware of the “historical dimension” of her existence.

Born in Martinique to Haitian parents, Karen Jean-Pierre also became the first openly gay woman to replace her, facing journalists, on the prestigious “James Brady Press Briefing Room”.

A career in politics

A longtime bonding figure, the 40-year-old French-speaking worked in Barack Obama’s campaigns (2008 and 2012) and then Joe Biden in 2020 before joining his team at the White House.

It has already provided press briefings from Air Force One during the presidential flights. But these are less impressive than the daily “briefing”, which is broadcast live on television and where the slightest mistake can be costly.

Karen Jean-Pierre’s appearance on the desk is particularly comforting, because the current position of the prestigious “White House Press Secretary,” Jane Psaki, has indicated that she intends to abdicate within a year.

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The assets you are most proud of

Karen Jean-Pierre often explains how her parents’ career has had a decisive influence on her choices and her career.

“I all hate Donald Trump,” she explained in a video for MoveOn, which was once a prominent figure. “I am a black woman, I am gay, I am a mother.”

She added, “My parents were born in Haiti and came here for the American dream,” explaining that she wanted to be in a position to explain to her daughter one day what she did, how she mobilized, face to face the “madness” of Trump’s presidency.