There’s good reason many Americans refer to the Biden presidency as Barack Obama’s third term, first and foremost being that Obama top lieutenant Susan Rice serves as President Biden’s domestic policy advisor.
And we can add yet another person with links to Obama to the White House ranks with the announcement Friday that Ben LaBolt, a former Obama adviser, has been named as the next White House communications director.
Breaking yet another “glass ceiling,” LaBolt is the first openly gay White House communications director — America can only hope he performs better than the last diversity hire, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who has been a disaster.
LaBolt is replacing Kate Bedingfield in the role, with Bedingfield stepping down at the end of this month to reportedly “take on a new strategic role with Biden’s as-of-yet undeclared re-election campaign,” according to Fox News.
The announcement adds credence to the idea that the feeble, 80-year-old president who frequently slurs his way through speeches truly does intend to run again.
“Since my time as Vice President, Kate has been a loyal and trusted adviser, through thick and thin,” Biden said in a statement. “She was a critical strategic voice from the very first day of my presidential campaign in 2019 and has been a key part of advancing my agenda in the White House. The country is better off as a result of her hard work and I’m so grateful to her – and to her husband and two young children – for giving so much. Ben has big shoes to fill.”
“I look forward to welcoming him back as a first-rate communicator who’s shown his commitment to public service again and again, and who has a cutting-edge understanding of how Americans consume information,” the statement continued. “I saw him fight for Justice Jackson, and he put his all into helping us make history confirming our cabinet and subcabinet nominees. I’m proud to have him rejoin this team.”
LaBolt served as the head of communications for the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.
“This is a tipping point moment for the nation – for our values and rights, our democracy, and for the middle class. I’m ready to suit up and help the President and team, which includes many longtime friends and colleagues, finish the job. I will give it my all,” LaBolt said in a tweet.
This is a tipping point moment for the nation – for our values and rights, our democracy, and for the middle class. I’m ready to suit up and help the President and team, which includes many longtime friends and colleagues, finish the job. I will give it my all. 2/3
— Ben LaBolt (@BenLaBolt) February 10, 2023
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