Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Joe Biden was “an amazing storyteller” during a MSNBC appearance.
“What he needs to do is tell a story. Joe Biden is an amazing storyteller. You sit in the Oval Office, Karine can tell you, and he can story-tell for six hours,” Psaki told Willie Geist on “Morning Joe.” “He needs to do that in the speech tonight. People aren’t sitting at home and just writing down data points, right? They vote and they move, they support people they feel something from.” (RELATED: ‘Full Monty Mussolini’: Biden’s Primetime Speech Mocked, Slammed On Social Media)
Biden is to give the annual State of the Union speech Tuesday evening before a joint session of Congress as the White House is disputing polling showing Americans are frustrated with the economy. Biden also is unpopular, with only 37% of Democrats saying he should run for reelection, according to an AP poll.
“I talked to some of Karine’s colleagues and some of my own about this, my former ones and her current ones — sorry, that was confusing — and what they have said is that he’s going to speak to the people who feel invisible, the people who don’t feel heard. That is so important,” Psaki said.
“The other piece that is super important for him to do tonight is to draw a contrast. It is not a political speech, but he needs to draw a contrast, and I expect he will, between his agenda, give him more time, ‘I’m still working at it, guys,’ and the chaos people see on the other side.” Psaki added. “Those are the two things tonight, storytelling and a little bit of contrast.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre echoed Psaki’s comments following a question from Geist.
“This is the president, when it comes to really connecting with the American people, this is someone who can do that, right?” Jean-Pierre said. “Joe Biden is known for doing just that. He is the best messenger in the White House to give a speech like this, at this moment, at this time, where the American people are going to be watching and telling that story, as Jen just said, telling the story of the last two years. Also, let’s not forget the optimism, how he sees this country moving forward.”
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