“Leaders lead during crises. That’s exactly what Pres. Biden is doing. He’ll speak to that, but he’s also going to speak about his optimism about what’s ahead and what we all have to look forward to,” @PressSec says before Biden’s State of the Union. https://t.co/7duRgyU8fd pic.twitter.com/0LjUU7mcgP
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 27, 2022
Psaki seemed to have only heard the second part of the question. She not only didn’t respond to how Biden is “going to turn that around,” she didn’t acknowledge the numbers Stephanopoulos had just brought up. Instead, she decided to emphasize a sense of “optimism” in her response:
PSAKI: Well, George, I think there’s no question that, in the State of the Union, the American people and anybody watching around the world will hear the president talk about the efforts he has led over the past several months to build a global coalition to fight — fight against the autocracy and the efforts of President Putin to invade a foreign country. That is certainly something that is present in all of our lives and certainly in the president’s life in this moment….