White House press secretary Jen Psaki bid farewell on Friday, May 13, capping a curious run as the Biden administration’s leading voice. She left Biden rock bottom, suffering in the polls amid inflation and shortages at home, and chaos abroad.
Yes, some — particularly in the establishment media — have called her “the greatest of all time,” perhaps because the job of explaining Joe Biden’s failures is simply so difficult. Here are the 10 most memorable moments of his tenure, for better or worse:
17. COVID and masks. Despite moralizing lectures on pandemic precautions, Psaki managed to contract COVID twice. She also struggled to explain the White House’s double standards on wearing masks on federal property.
16. “Flashback.” PSAki has drawn mockery from conservatives over her repeated promises from the podium to “turn around” with reporters when she didn’t know the answer to questions – or perhaps when she did, but preferred not to answer.
15. Hoaxes. PSAKI repeated some – not all – of the familiar liberal hoaxes about Trump, notably the “bleach” hoax, insisting – despite blatant evidence to the contrary – that he had told Americans to inject bleach to cure COVID (he didn’t).
14. Defame Kyle Rittenhouse. Amid Rittenhouse’s trial, PSAki slammed “vigilante with assault weapons.” After Rittenhouse’s acquittal, she refused to back down on Biden’s false claim that Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist.”
13. War on “disinformation”. Psaki vowed her briefings would combat “disinformation” and defended — to her last week — the Biden administration’s “disinformation” office. But she herself spread misinformation about Russia and Hunter Biden.
12. Space Force Rebuff. PSAKI appeared to snub the Sixth Branch of the US Armed Forces when it scoffed at a reporter’s question about whether Biden intended to pursue Donald Trump’s addition to the military. She then made it clear that she supported him.
11. Major Dog Concealment. When Biden’s dog Major was accused of biting a Secret Service agent, PSAki played down the incident. Later documents suggested that Psaki misled the public about the real threat the dog posed to agency personnel.
10. Frontier refusal. PSAKI made it clear that she didn’t want reporters asking about the southern border crisis, chastising reporters for “infuriating” questions about it. She claimed Biden’s policies were more “moral” and “humane” than Trump’s.
9. Refuse to condemn the protests at the homes of Supreme Court justices. It took days for PSAKI to condemn the violence after a draft opinion was quashed deer was leaked, and in fact encouraged the arguably illegal protests outside the judges’ homes.
8. Reject the idea of free COVID tests. PSAKI initially scoffed at the idea of sending free COVID tests to every American as too expensive to undertake. A few days later, mid-omicron wave, the administration belatedly began to do so.
7. The “don’t say gay” demagoguery. It was PSAKI who originated the false – but effective – claim that Florida had passed a law literally banning people from saying “gay”. The law actually limits sexual instruction of any kind to K-3 children.
6.Doocy. Among many examples of the Biden administration’s disrespect for the press, one of the worst was Psaki saying that Fox News cast Peter Doocy — one of the few critical voices in the press — as a “stupid son of a bitch”.
5. Defend inflation. PSAKI tested several excuses for inflation, first claiming it was transitory (“inflation will go down next year”), then trying to put a positive spin on it as a byproduct of a otherwise wonderful economy.
4. Admit Biden skipped D-Day. Among other cleanups, PSAki had to explain Biden’s unfortunate failure to commemorate the D-Day anniversary in 2021. She told reporters the historic occasion is still close to her heart.
3. On vacation as Afghanistan fell. Psaki and many other members of the administration had to be recalled from summer vacation when Afghanistan began to fall to the Taliban, a failure that has since defined perceptions of the president.
2. Hunter Biden dodges. PSAKI repeatedly (and successfully) dodged questions about Hunter Biden, his laptop, and his connection to his father’s finances, saying it was a private matter or the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. Justice.
1. Baby formula. PSAki’s advice, when asked what parents should do if they’re worried about their babies amid a nationwide shortage of infant formula, was to “call your doctor.” Neither she nor the White House had comfort to offer American families.
An example where Psaki called it righteous: she finally admitted that communism is a “failed ideology”, as Cubans protested in the streets against their oppressive regime. But that’s sadly all the Biden administration was willing to do to help them.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.