You know their names: Jay Carney, Dee Dee Myers, Scott McClellan, Robert Gibbs, Mike McCurry, Joe Lockhart, Marlin Fitzwater, James Brady, Tony Snow.
They are White House press secretaries. You may not know this (I didn’t), but there have been only 35 official press secretaries. That’s an elite club. It was Herbert Hoover who picked George Akerson as the first official White House press secretary in 1929.
But let’s talk about that 35th one. Is Karine Jean-Pierre the worst press secretary ever to hold the post? She’s making a very strong case for the ignominious title.
Sure, there’s Sean Spicer. He was pretty terrible. And then there was Anthony Scaramucci, who flamed out in just days.
But in all my years of covering the White House and reading the