Most of the talk about the second press secretary to President Joe Biden led to a historic ''first'' — the first-ever LGBT person to serve as top spokesman to the president.
The next name on the mouths of most White House correspondents was Karine Jean-Pierre, the principal deputy press secretary. A longtime head in Democratic campaigns, Jean-Pierre served as regional political director in the Office of Political Affairs under President Barack Obama and as chief of staff to Kamala Harris during her vice-presidential campaign last year.
Jean-Pierre is openly gay and has long spoken of this.
''President Obama didn’t hire LGBT staffers, he hired experienced individuals who happen to be LGBT," she told The Advocate. "Serving and working for President Obama where you can be openly gay has been an amazing honor. It felt incredible to be a part of an administration that prioritizes LGBT issues."
The other name heard as a likely heir to Psaki is also LGBT. Ned Price, 38, now continues the position as State Department spokesman that Psaki held under Obama and that Mike McCurry held before working as President Bill Clinton’s second (and, most White House correspondents agree, best) press secretary from 1994 to 1998.
Price previously worked as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency until he stepped down in 2017. In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, he wrote that he resigned because he could not work as an intelligence professional in the Trump administration.
''I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job, in a year from now or about a year from now,'' Psaki told David Axelrod on his CNN podcast ''The Axe Files."
“I think there frankly needs to be diverse spaces and voices as communicators,” Psaki told the Times. “Women, certainly, but beyond that.”
The Biden White House’s relationship with the press is also a contrast with the Trump administration. And for some reason, he specifically seeks for an LGBT member to replace Psaki next year.
The White House has held daily briefings, whereas the previously regular events were put on hold for a prolonged period under former President Trump.
At the same time, Psaki and the White House communications team have rigorously limited press access to Biden, who waited until March 25 to hold his first press conference.