Even though many conservative commenters regularly roasted Joe Biden’s former press secretary Jen Psaki for avoiding questions with promises to “circle back,” her replacement has been almost as spectacularly incompetent as her boss in handling tough questions. Karine Jean-Pierre’s latest gem came during the Friday press briefing when she was trying to defend the administration’s terrible economic policy outcomes.
Jean-Pierre was hailed by the corporate press when she took over the job, as she is the first black, lesbian, and immigrant to serve as the top spokesperson for the White House. However, she has regularly faltered when presented with questions from unfriendly journalists who are not tossing softballs aimed at standard talking points.
On Friday, she was attempting to put a positive gloss on the Biden economy and the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor. The monthly payroll report indicated that the U.S. economy added 315,000 jobs in August. The August numbers indicate it was the month with the lowest monthly gain since April 2021.
Unemployment rose to 3.7% in August and the labor force participation rate came in at 62.4%. That rate reflects the proportion of working-age Americans who either have a job or are looking for work. The labor force participation rate remains a full percentage point below where it stood before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Undeterred by the poor numbers, Jean-Pierre said the report was “good news” for the economy. Even then, she was not satisfied to discuss the current number and instead referred to the “ten thousand million jobs” claimed to have been created since Biden assumed office.
Jean-Pierre: "We have created nearly ten thousand million jobs since President Biden took office pic.twitter.com/1MA7OJB5D0
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 2, 2022
She said, “We have created nearly ten thousand million jobs since President Biden took office, which is the fastest job growth in history, so you’re asking me ‘where’s the success?’ Here it is!”
Tech researcher Dr. Eli David pointed out on Twitter that the claim of “ten thousand million” amounts to 10 billion jobs, “more than the entire population of the world.” “Amazing job!,” he added.
Ned Ryun with American Greatness said that Jean-Pierre “just needs to put on clown makeup before every press conference.”
Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom director Nile Gardiner wrote on Twitter: “The sheer hubris and staggering amateurism of the Biden presidency is breathtaking.”