After promising a well-oiled machine, early hiccups have punctuated the rollout of President Biden’s new agenda.
A longtime White House watcher said it is not unusual to see press secretaries “circle back” with reporters, a refrain that has caught the public’s attention.
Press secretaries tend not to be in the president’s inner circle, said historian David Greenberg, author of a book about presidential spin.
“Occasionally, there’s someone who’s been around a long time, who truly knows the president well and has a fairly direct pipeline,” Greenberg told the Washington Examiner. “But it’s more often the case that the press secretary is in that second concentric circle.”
Last month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki compared reporters to psychiatric patients during an NPR interview, drawing questions about the White House’s tactics.
“A lot of people point to Mike McCurry as one of the best,” someone who “spoke candidly and from the heart with his own language,” Greenberg said