Twitter users expressed a mixture of shock, anger and amusement after former White House press secretary Jen Psaki applauded her former boss, President Biden, for giving public remarks at 9 a.m. despite having “nothing to do” at the start of his usual workday.
“It’s important to note, President Biden doesn’t do anything at 9:00 a.m. He’s a night owl,” Psaki said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday. “So doing this at 9:00 a.m. still recognizes the importance of the White House having its voice out there.”
Psaki was referring to Biden on Monday about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Speaking from the White House, Biden said that the American banking system remains safe, that customers would have access to their money and that taxpayers would not be on the hook for the collapse of the administration’s actions.
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Chad Gilmartin, a deputy spokesman for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was quick to denounce Psaki’s comments on Twitter.
Social media users also jumped on Psaki’s remarks, with some mocking him and others blaming the president for not working when most Americans started the workday.
“Lol. They’re praising him for showing up during regular business hours? The bar is on the floor,” wrote Abigail Maron, communications director for Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
“The President of the United States doesn’t start work until after 9:00?! This is not right,” added Brigitte Gabriel, author and founder of ACT for America.
“Relax, America,” tweeted Trending Politics co-owner Colin Rugg. “Jen Psaki says Biden never does anything at 9am, so giving him a 3-minute speech is a big deal and shows he takes bank failures seriously.”
“Jen Psaki thinks Americans can find comfort in the fact that Joe Biden can give a 5-minute speech at 9am,” tweeted Townhall.com’s “Video Czar” Kevin McMahon.
Actor and comedian Terrence Williams posted a viral reaction video to Psaki’s comments, expressing surprise that Biden should be praised for working at 9 a.m. on Monday.
“Sorry,” he tweeted. “The American people should thank Joe Biden for waking up at 9 a.m. and working. He has to wake up in the morning to work for us.”
“That’s how I know he’s not running the country,” he continued. “We need a new president Jesus”
Some Twitter users accused Biden of being “lazy,” questioning whether he’s working and noting that many Americans are well into the workday by 9 a.m.
Others were quick to point out a 2021 CNN story that appeared to directly contradict Psaki’s claim that Biden is a “night owl.” According to the article, Biden is “an early tie-in.”
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The CNN story, combined with Psaki’s remarks, questions how many hours a day Biden works if he goes to bed early and starts work late.
One Twitter user said the media will now start writing stories about “why sleeping 17 hours a night is a sign you’re a strong leader.”
Aaron Kliegman is a political reporter for Fox News Digital.