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CAMPAIGN

JEN PSAKI

TRAVELING PRESS SECRETARY, OBAMA’S 2012 CAMPAIGN

If President Obama wins a second term, you might be hearing — and seeing — a lot more of Jen Psaki.

Psaki, who serves as Obama’s traveling campaign press secretary, will inarguably be among the few contenders for a promotion to the podium whenever White House press secretary Jay Carney chooses to move on from the lights and cameras of the Brady Briefing Room.

Psaki has become an old, trusted hand for Team Obama. When an Obama presidency seemed like a long shot in 2007, it was Psaki, with her Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chops, who served as deputy press secretary and later Obama’s press secretary on the road. After he was elected president, Psaki worked as a White House spokesperson before moving up the ranks and becoming the deputy White House communications director.

The red-headed 33-year-old left the White House last year to become senior vice president and managing director at Global Strategy Group. But she was sucked back into ObamaWorld earlier this year, to serve as the president’s mouthpiece on the road, standing alongside Carney on Air Force One gaggles with reporters.

“Working with Jen is a pleasure, and I am sure it’s not easy — campaign and White House reporters can be so intense,” said Julie Mason, a longtime White House reporter who now hosts “The Press Pool” on Sirius XM. “But her ability to maintain a cool head while still talking like a human and not a robot is pretty standout for that profession. She also gets some funny lines off, which shows confidence.

“I am very curious to see what role she takes on after the election,” Mason said.

Psaki, who took leave from her job at Global Strategy Group, is expected to return to the job after the election. But one can’t help but wonder if she’ll be making yet another return to Team Obama in the near future. 

— Amie Parnes

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