This Friday was set to be the final day of Biden admin press secretary Jen Psaki’s time in federal service. Throughout her more than a year of service, Psaki has repeatedly squared off with Peter Doocy of Fox News, who’s come to press briefings with questions that sometimes just don’t reflect reality… at all. The Lincoln Project celebrated Psaki and dunked on Doocy this Friday.
“Today is Jen Psaki’s last official day as White House Press Secretary. We thank her for bringing her knowledge, honesty, and most of all wit to the press podium,” The Lincoln Project wrote on Twitter as this week drew to a close. The post included a montage of some of Psaki’s most memorable exchanges with Doocy, like one juncture when the Fox correspondent asked: “Whatever happened to President Biden’s promise to shut down the virus?” Doocy was speaking, of course, in reference to COVID-19 — and although the virus has obviously gravely affected Americans essentially across all walks of life, it’s remarkable for conservatives like Doocy to turn on and off their apparent concern about the pandemic when it suits them. “We’re workin’ on it, Peter,” Psaki replied, appearing struck by the “gotcha!” nature of Doocy’s ignorant line of questioning.
"In about 16 months working on behalf of President Biden, Psaki held a greater number of briefings, 224, than all of President Trump's press secretaries combined." via @brianstelter https://t.co/HnvxCAQWXn
— TinaSfon (@TinaSfon) May 13, 2022
At another point highlighted by the montage, Psaki pointed out how there’s hardly a reasonable comparison to be made between the stances of Joe Biden and Donald Trump towards the rule of law. The video concludes with a pointed message on screen that reads: “Thanks for your service, Jen… Please take Peter with you.” Watch the video below:
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) May 13, 2022
In a recent example of the sort of nonsense from Doocy with which Psaki dealt, Doocy repeatedly questioned the official about planned protests in front of Supreme Court Justices’ residences after the leak of a draft majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Eventually, Psaki replied: “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest. I want it — we want it, of course, to be peaceful. And certainly, the President would want people’s privacy to be respected. But I think we shouldn’t lose the point here: The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights that have been law for 50 years. Their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own healthcare are at risk. That’s why people are protesting. They’re unhappy. They’re scared.”
Jen Psaki teared up during her last briefing, recalling her first conversation with Biden after the election:
"What we talked about for the majority of our conversation was the importance of returning integrity, respect and civility to the White House."
— Axios (@axios) May 13, 2022