Some may call it failing upward, but State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the architect of the Obama administration’s infamous “hashtag diplomacy,” has been promoted.
The oft-embattled Psaki will replace Jennifer Palmieri as President Obama’s communications director, the White House announced Thursday. Palmieri is reportedly going to work on Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential bid.
Psaki is returning to the West Wing, having previously served as the deputy communications director. The appointment is effective April 1.
She has had her share of idiotic moments while putting a public face on Obama’s feckless foreign policy, none greater than her reaction to Russia annexing Crimea, when she called on the Kremlin to “live by the promise of hashtag.”
A follow-up tweet of her holding a #UnitedforUkraine sign continues to draw ridicule to this day:
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) March 26, 2014
Obama released a statement Thursday wishing Palmieri success, saying he will “miss her deeply.”
“I’d say Jen is irreplaceable – if Jen Psaki hadn’t agreed to step in,” Obama added. “Jen worked on both my campaigns, she’s served in the White House, and she’s traveled the world as an advisor to Secretary Kerry. I fully trust Jen – and I am thrilled she’s agreed to come back to the White House as Communications Director.”
As might be expected, social media had a little different response to the news that Psaki was moving up. Here are a few of the snarly responses, as seen on Twitter:
Now they’re just trolling us RT @APDiploWriter: Obama picks State Department’s Psaki to lead White House communications team
— Collin Roth (@collinroth) February 19, 2015
— STEW (@StewSays) February 19, 2015
Jen Psaki to leave her position as DOS Spokesman to become the WH Communications Director effective April Fool’s Day. What about Marie?
— FredZeppelin (@FredZeppelin12) February 19, 2015
With Psaki’s promotion, hastag diplomacy will now go into full swing. — Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) February 19, 2015
If you are loyal, comrades, you will be rewarded. Jen Psaki to move to WH Communications
— Kathy Neiheisel (@5sahandful) February 19, 2015
Psaki to head the White House communications team? Excellent. pic.twitter.com/IZyxyZiLNk
— Alyssa (@YR_AlyssaDC) February 19, 2015
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