PORTRAIT Born in Martinique to Haitian parents, the one who worked on Barack Obama's campaigns, will replace Jen Psaki

The American dream of Karine Jean-Pierre, first black woman and lesbian spokesperson for the White House

Karine Jean-Pierre will succeed Jen Psaki as spokesperson for the White House. — AFP

“ I am everything that Donald Trump hates », said Karine Jean-Pierre in 2018. occupy this position as prestigious as it is frighteningly exposed. She will replace Jen Psaki, whose deputy she was until now, at from May 13, according to a statement; of the White House in which Democratic President Joe Biden praises « experience, talent and honesty; » of his future « Press Secretary ».

The outgoing spokesperson, bringing Karine Jean-Pierre to her on Thursday during the traditional briefing for accredited journalists at the Press Secretary. the White House, praised, in a voice sometimes strangled by emotion, the qualities of her deputy, whom she took in her arms to several times.

« Historic moment »

Karine Jean-Pierre « will be the first black woman, the first openly LGBTQ+ person to occupy this function, which is great, because the representativeness it’s important and because it will give a voice to so many people, and show so many people which is possible when you work hard and dream big,” said Jen Psaki.

Also moved, the future « Press Secretary » has, she, declared; : “ It’s a historic moment and I realize that. I understand how important this is to so many » people.

The American dream of Karine Jean-Pierre, first black woman and lesbian spokesperson for the White House

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Karine Jean-Pierre, who shares the life of a CNN journalist, with whom she has a daughter, has already took place several times, as number two, in front of the famous blue background of the « James S. Brady Press Briefing Room ». But at the future, it’s no longer lends itself to being a double. the highly perilous exercise of the daily White House press conference, broadcast live and broken down at; infinity. Before her, only one other black woman, Judy Smith, had ever been Deputy White House Spokesman, President George H.W. Bush, 1991.

American Dream

Born in Martinique to Haitian parents who later emigrated to Haiti. in the United States, the forties worked; on Barack Obama's two campaigns (2008 and 2012) and then on that of Joe Biden in 2020 before joining his team at; the White House. Karine Jean-Pierre has often explained how much the journey of his family, emblematic of the « American Dream », had been decisive for his career.

She grew up in New York, where his father worked as a taxi driver and his mother as a carer at residence. It’s in this city that she won’ a degree from the prestigious university Columbia before taking his first steps in politics and then becoming a figure in the associative world.

The new spokesperson for the White House is also campaigning to break down prejudices in terms of health mental: she told to have been victim of sexual abuse as a child, and having suffered from depression, until attempted suicide.

On Thursday, when asked what message she wanted to deliver to young American girls – and to the boys, she insisted on complete –, she said; : “ if you work very hard for a goal, it will happen. Yes, you will suffer hard knocks, you will go through difficult times and it will not always be easy but the reward will be incredible, especially if you remain faithful to what you are. ”