In the United States, this is a first. This Thursday, May 5, Joe Biden announced the appointment of a new spokesperson. Karine Jean-Pierre will succeed Jen Psaki from May 13. For the very first time, this important position will therefore be occupied by a black and openly lesbian woman. “She will be the first black and openly LGBTQ + woman” in this position, wrote the one she will succeed. She will give a voice to many people and she will allow many to have big dreams.” Very moved by this appointment, Karine Jean-Pierre struggled to hold back her tears in the face of the journalists invited to the White House. “C t is a historic moment and I am well aware of it. I understand how important this is to so many people,” she explained.
Before her, only one other black woman, Judy Smith, had served as deputy spokeswoman for the White House under President George H.W. Bush in 1991. “Woman, black, gay and mom: I am everything Trump hate”, she explained in 2018 in a video for the organization MoveOn. Born in Martinique 44 years ago to Haitian parents, Karine Jean-Pierre grew up in the United States where her family immigrated. In New York, her father worked as a taxi driver and her mother as a home caregiver. For years, she has shared the life of a CNN journalist with whom she has a daughter of whom she publishes many pictures on her Instagram account. Accustomed to the exercise of the State, the future spokesperson for the White House worked on the two campaigns of Barack Obama, in 2008 then in 2012, then on that of Joe Biden in 2020 before joining his team in Washington .
Karine Jean-Pierre: “It won’t always be easy but the reward will be incredible”
After studying “public administration” at the prestigious Columbia University, Karine Jean-Pierre began her active life in the associative world before joining politics where she campaigned for mental health. In recent years, she has explained that she was sexually assaulted as a child, suffered from depression and even attempted suicide. Asked about the message she wanted to deliver to young Americans after her appointment, Karine Jean-Pierre was clear: “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 won’t always be easy but the reward will be incredible, especially if you stay true to who you are.”
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