Since President Joe Biden first took office this past January, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been among the most visible members of his administration. But it seems she’s not looking to stay in the spotlight for long.
According to Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering, Psaki said in a recent interview with fellow Obama administration alumnus David Axelrod that she may make an exit from her role as White House press secretary as soon as next year.
“I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job, in a year from now or about a year from now,” she told the podcast host, Spiering reported.
Eyeing an exit
Psaki went on to explain that she had only agreed to serve as Biden’s press secretary for a year. Previously, Psaki worked on the communications team for former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and then went on to work in the Obama White House.
Whereas Axelrod operated as a senior adviser to the former president, Psaki got her start as a State Department spokesperson under Obama before becoming White House communications director, Breitbart said.
Although Psaki was said to have been in the running to replace former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, she said she was relieved that former journalist Jay Carney was ultimately chosen instead.
“Always a bridesmaid”
“I remember thinking, thank God I didn’t get that job because I would not have been ready at that moment,” Psaki remarked during her interview with Axelrod, according to Breitbart.
Psaki also recalled being passed over to replace Carney in 2014, when Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest was promoted to the role, instead. Psaki said she was “devastated” by it.
“Between now and then, I’m sort of like always a bridesmaid and finally a bride,” she opined this week.
That’s not all
Psaki’s interview with Axelrod also made headlines for the press secretary’s comment that it’s “maddening” to hear so many questions about President Joe Biden’s failure to visit the U.S.–Mexico border when there are other problems, like COVID-19, that she feels are more pressing to everyday Americans.
“What percentage of the public is focused on the border?” she asked, according to a separate report from Breitbart. “A much smaller percentage than who’s focused on the pandemic and the economy. So that may be maddening, but, you know, that’s what we try to do.”
Can you say out of touch?