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Karine Jean-Pierre makes history as first Black woman in decades to give White House press briefing

Karine Jean-Pierre, principal deputy press secretary for the Biden administration, gave her very first media briefing on Wednesday and made history as the first Black woman in more than 30 years to take her turn at the White House podium.

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Karine Jean-Pierre makes history as first Black woman in decades to give White House press briefing

"Hello everyone, welcome," she said warmly to a room filled with reporters, before leaping into issues of the day -- specifically, a mass shooting at California, also President Biden's request that US officials delve deeper into the roots of the coronavirus.

In her introduction, Jean-Pierre appeared to prevent getting prior to the president and the administration, offering few added details in response to reporters' questions. She did, but reflect on the historical moment.

"It is a true honour to be standing here today," Jean-Pierre explained. "I love the historic nature, I truly do, but I feel that being with this podium, being in this room, being in this building isn't about one person. It's about what we do on behalf of the American men and women."

She added:"Clearly the president believes representation issues, and that I appreciate him giving me this opportunity, and it's another reason why I think we are so proud that this is definitely the most diverse administration in history"

Jean-Pierre also made history Wednesday as the first openly gay woman to supply the White House press briefing.

She reiterated, but"this isn't about mepersonally, this isn't about any people," Jean-Pierre said before referencing her colleague,'' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki:"Any time I am behind here, and I believe you've heard Jen say this as well, we're likely to be honest, we're going to be clear, and that's the way I believe that the president would want us to communicate to the American men and women."

Psaki, as well as many others online, made a point to note that the value of Wednesday's briefing. The last time that the Black woman stood behind the lectern in the James S. Brady Briefing Room was in 1991 when Judy Smith served as deputy press secretary to President George H. W. Bush.

"My spouse in fact [Jean-Pierre] is performing her first full briefing in the podium now making history in her own right. But performing her real justice means also recognizing her gift, her her superb spirit."

"So here with this particular history!!" Another user tweeted, including that"somewhere a tiny Black or Brown girl is seeing the TV and seeing new possibilities"

Jean-Pierre's look at the lectern Wednesday was also seen by many as a pastime for the media secretary job. Psaki has made it public that she intends to leave her post following a year.

Other names that have been put on for the function include Symone Sanders, the vice president's press secretary, and Ned Price, the State Department spokesperson, the Times stated.

Jean-Pierre's career has been focused around grassroots activism and functioning on Democratic campaigns. She previously worked on the two of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, ultimately serving as federal deputy battleground states manager for the 2012 effort. She has also served as chief public affairs officer in the liberal group MoveOn.

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