The White House has the first press briefing in several weeks and after four years of inconsistent updates to reporters and answers for questions.
New White House press secretary Jen Psaki was refreshingly boring, according to some who watched her. She was asked questions and answered them. She didn't yell. There were no insults and she didn't say the words "fake news" once. It was the first time in a very long time that Americans were able to watch something stable and normal.
Several reporters in the room were able to ask multiple questions and even some were given follow-up questions, which were generally ignored by Psaki's predecessor. She began the briefing by saying that both she and the president sought to use the room as a place of "truth and transparency."
While some reporters tried to get her to react to news about former President Donald Trump, Psaki didn't take the bait, instead focusing on the current administration, the executive orders that President Joe Biden signed Wednesday and the legislative goals in the future.
As one person noted, Psaki doesn't seem to be headed toward the need to rewrite her image after her time in the administration. That likely means she'll never end up on "Dancing with the Stars."
See the jokes about the shock from viewers below:
all this honesty from @jrpsaki as the new @PressSec is nice but if she keeps it up she’s NEVER going to be on Dancing With the Stars— shauna (@shauna)1611188461.0
If 4 years ago you had told me that the sight of @jrpsaki at a podium would bring me to tears, I would have laughed… https://t.co/lCDHAZPtaa— Molly McKew (@Molly McKew)1611188801.0
Watching @jrpsaki at the podium is just reassuring! Alternate facts are no longer welcome at the WH podium!— Karen Finney (@Karen Finney)1611188745.0
Just a constant stream of unlies and truthhoods from @PressSec Jen Psaki— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC)1611189841.0
Press Secretary Jen Psaki: "I'd love to take your questions."— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1611188044.0
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says she plans to hold daily White House briefings Monday through Friday. What a change.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1611188339.0
Such a contrast between Jen Psaki’s debut and Sean Spicer’s crowd size rant four years ago. Spicer’s comments set t… https://t.co/JZtCQXx8vZ— James Hohmann (@James Hohmann)1611189637.0
Jen Psaki is giving the first White House press briefing of the post Kayleigh McEnany Era, and it is SO refreshing… https://t.co/bhV6kAyJVI— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1611188491.0
Strong briefing from @jrpsaki from the first question to the last. Great to see a pro back at that podium. One smal… https://t.co/Pp06L5ifJW— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1611189638.0
That felt great in its normal-ness. Thank you @jrpsaki. https://t.co/gPEIWz4tdj— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1611189596.0
I was brutal on Jen Psaki when she was at State and WH during what I considered to be a significant lack of serious… https://t.co/JMb14o2JLF— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1611189390.0
That press briefing by Jen Psaki was just so... normal. And decent. And honest. And respectful.— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com)1611189553.0
Jen Psaki is a REAL Press Secretary.— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1611189421.0
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: "Let's do this again tomorrow."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1611189560.0
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki begins the first briefing of the Biden administration by saying she aims to r… https://t.co/LAGaqcOcdo— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1611187797.0
we've had no insults yet. no meltdowns. no smears of the "fake news." https://t.co/KfpwCgAwsA— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1611187888.0
BREAKING: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has not told us alternative facts about Biden’s inaugural crowd size— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li)1611188355.0