Jen Psaki, current State Department spokesperson, has gotten a new gig. Its a Hashtag promotion of sorts. Yes, she is leaving the State Department and moving back… to the White House. No, this isn’t a joke and you are not reading the Onion. CNN’s Eric Bradner reports:
President Barack Obama is tapping a familiar face to fill a key White House role for his last two years in office, hiring State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki as his new communications director.
Psaki, a long-time Obama hand who started as the traveling press secretary during his first presidential campaign, is replacing Jen Palmieri, who’s leaving to take a likely role in Hillary Clinton’s widely-expected presidential campaign.
One wonders what kind of new and improved communications Ms. Jen will bring to her new role? Family style perhaps?
A White House official called her “the obvious and first choice for this role.”
White House aides often talk about “keeping it in the family,” and Psaki is yet another example, like President Barack Obama’s decision last month to replace John Podesta with longtime aide Brian Deese as a senior adviser.
No? Maybe her new role will provide her with new opportunities to communicate the latest in hat or necklace styles?
No, that’s not it either. Wait! I’ve got it!! We’ll see the latest, greatest, and the very best in communications outreach – Hashtags The White House Way. Yeah, that’s the ticket! I mean really, #Hashtag Diplomacy and communication has worked out SO very well for Jen in the past don’tcha know. You see, at the same time she was sporting that odd pink chapeau you see above, she was busy crafting the State Department’s response to the Ukraine crisis:
Jen has so capably demonstrated her knowledge and prowess concerning world events. Lets review some of her greatest hits. During a press conference right after Steven Sotloff’s brutal beheading, she refused to put any kind of “label” on ISIS actions? Here’s another jewel for her crown. According to #Hashtag Jen, the hasty Marine withdrawal from the US Embassy in Yemen was perfectly planned. Really?! How about her assertion that the State Department has always been clear about what is said and what those statements mean.
We have always been clear that the attack on the kosher grocery store was an anti-semitic attack that took the lives of innocent people.
Keep in mind that her clarification came after reporters such as ABC’s Jonathan Karl took Press Secretary Josh Earnst to task about Obama’s Vox interview where President Duffer-In-Chief said the attacks on the kosher deli in Paris was random. Uh huh…random.
You know, we’ve had to put up with quite a bit from this administration. However, the comedy routine perpetuated by Jen Psaki and her cohort, Marie Harf, hasn’t done this country any favors. Ian Tuttle of the National Review hits the proverbial nail on the head:
Never in the history of public relations have an institution and its representatives been so mismatched as at the current U.S. Department of State, where, tasked with articulating America’s position toward Middle East terror outfits, Russian aggression, and the world’s other vicissitudes, are Jen Psaki and Marie Harf, currently in the midst of an interminable Lucy-and-Ethel routine as Foggy Bottom’s spokesperson and deputy spokesperson, respectively. In an administration that has always given the distinct impression of being directed by second-year poli-sci majors from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Psaki and Harf are the only two under the impression that Legally Blonde was a documentary — one that they are apparently trying to re-create, with little success, at Foggy Bottom.
All I can think of after reading Ian’s article is this:
Jen and Marie are NOT Lucy and Ethel. You know it, I know it, and so does the rest of the world. Neither Jen nor her pal Marie should be in charge of anything, not even a chocolate factory assembly line. And yet here we are with a new chucklehead cheerleader realizing her very own hashtag promise. She’ll be leading the White House communications department. One wonders what kind of hashtag PR campaign will she come up? I have no idea. But I’ll warn you now, it will be just as horrendous as the YouTube interviews and the selfie stick debacle.