White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre does not appear to do much homework in preparation for her job and if she can’t find the answer to reporters’ questions in her binder, well, she is pretty much stumped.
A prime example of this was seen during Monday’s press briefing when a reporter asked for “the latest update the White House has received on the current infant formula situation across the country?”
After spending considerable time thumbing through her binder and coming up empty, President Biden’s spokesperson punted.
“Yeah, let me see if I have anything new for you on that because I think it’s been a couple of days since we have been asked that question,” Jean-Pierre said. “Okay. I don’t have anything new. I know we made some announcements last week, I don’t — I just don’t have them in front of me.”
She then suggested that the reporter come back later.
“We’ll talk through the things that we have been able to do in the past… the most recent activities that we’ve done,” Jean-Pierre added.
Karine Jean-Pierre is asked if there are any updates on the baby formula shortage.
She spends almost 20 seconds flipping through her binder before saying she has no update on it. pic.twitter.com/5a9gLetxdM
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 13, 2022
Conservative talk radio host Clay Travis commented on Jean-Pierre being flummoxed over what should have been an easy response.
“The White House spokesperson got asked about the baby formula shortage and couldn’t find a pre-written answer in her massive binder. This is embarrassing. How is everyone in the Biden White House so awful at their jobs?” he tweeted.
The White House spokesperson got asked about the baby formula shortage and couldn’t find a pre-written answer in her massive binder. This is embarrassing. How is everyone in the Biden White House so awful at their jobs? pic.twitter.com/F9boKNvdN5
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 13, 2022
Not a reassuring take if you are a mother worrying about feeding your newborn baby. Then again, maybe Jean-Pierre was distracted by the latest supply chain crisis to hit the administration — tampons.
“Many women say store shelves that once had the menstrual essentials have been sparse for months. When they are available, tampons have been a lot more expensive recently, due in part to inflation,” NPR reported on Monday.
In the face of 40-year-high inflation, the highest average gas prices ever seen, the Dow crashing and a wide-open southern border being overrun by hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants every single month, a few mean tweets might be welcome right about now.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the question from Twitter:
The more I see of Karine Jean-Pierre the more I think, “Dang, Jen Psaki was actually pretty good at her job.”
— Josh Steimle (@joshsteimle) June 13, 2022
What were her qualifications again??
— Mr.G (@MrG_RollTide) June 13, 2022
Because the don’t prioritize based on talent or ability… they have OTHER criteria.
— GuyFawkesGuy (@GuyFawkesG) June 13, 2022
That’s what you get when you check a box!
— Patriotsky (@Patriotsky1) June 14, 2022
This is one of the top 3 issues the WH should be on top of and they have no updates over several days. Not a good look. If they were a sports team, I’d say they were tanking to get first pick in the upcoming draft. And we have 2-1/2 years of this to go.
— Surtur (@Surtur) June 14, 2022
— hayabusapilot (@hayabusapilot7) June 13, 2022
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