WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, Joe Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki who has spent the first four months at her job defending President Joe Biden’s mask mandate and COVID-19 response said it’s about time.
Like the light switch that was the unmasking of America by Biden, some blue states not applied, Psaki’s reversal was as immediate as her boss.
“I’m so happy I don’t have to put my mask back on,” Psaki told an unmasked press room of reporters.
Psaki backed up the White House rebuttal that the unmasking of America had nothing to do with the bad news that has surrounded the White House in recent days.
“They were determined by, decided by what they were going to be, what the specifics were, but also the timeline by the CDC — not by us, not by the White House, not by the President — to be very clear. And we’re working to implement those across the government,” she said. “As you’ve seen, yesterday, as soon as the guidelines came out, we got a note that came across our emails that said, “You don’t need to wear masks here anymore.” We talked to the White House Correspondents’ Association immediately, and said, “Reporters don’t need to wear masks anymore unless they choose to.” Same for the American people, of course.”
So, what happened to President Biden saying in March that he thought lifting mask mandates before every adult American goes and gets a shot is “Neanderthal thinking”?
“Well, first, let me say that the President — our North Star has been listening to the guidance of our health and medical experts and teams, and that’s exactly what we’re doing in this case,” Psaki said. “And just to reiterate, the CDC — the doctors and medical experts there — were the ones who determined what this guidance would be, based on their own data, and what the timeline would be. That was not a decision directed by, made by the White House.”