White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made history on Monday by taking the pulpit as the first openly gay black immigrant to hold the top job.
Jean-Pierre said she “stands on the shoulders” of people breaking down barriers regarding her historic achievement during the briefing.
“I am obviously very aware that my presence on this podium represents a few firsts: I am a black, gay, immigrant woman,” said Jean-Pierre. “The first of all three to hold this position. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for generations of people breaking down barriers before me.
“I stand on their shoulders,” she continued, later adding, “Representation matters.”
Jean-Pierre also hailed other members of the Biden administration who made history in their own roles, including Vice President Kamala Harris, who is the first black, Asian American and first woman to serve as vice president. -President of the United States.
While this was Jean-Pierre’s first time on the podium as White House press secretary, it wasn’t her first time leading a press briefing.
Jean-Pierre led his first White House press briefing as Senior Deputy Press Secretary in May 2021.
President Joe Biden nominated Jean-Pierre for the coveted position on May 5 after Jen Psaki, who had held the position since January 20, 2021, Biden’s first day in office, resigned to take a position at MSNBC.
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