The response to such developments is where the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State can shine – or fall flat. According to the response to a tweet spokesperson Jen Psaki published Thursday evening, most observers seem to believe she falls into the latter category.
Instead of dedicating her social media presence to either of the aforementioned international events, she instead chose to celebrate an article on women’s empowerment.
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) July 18, 2014
The overwhelming majority of responses delivered a common message describing the trivial tweet as ill-timed and shortsighted.
— Shane Styles (@shaner5000) July 18, 2014
Some suggested Psaki came across more like a gossip columnist than a government official.
@statedeptspox Poor timing. Frightening really. Do you think you’re some celebrity?
— Laura O’Neill (@ONeillLaura) July 18, 2014
Others suggested the post could not have been intentional.
— BoiseFreedom (@BoiseFreedom) July 18, 2014
In the end, however, a number of Americans apparently feel such an out-of-touch response is just par for the course under the Obama regime.
It is obvious from the backlash that Psaki has done little to remedy the disillusionment many feel toward the State Department and other federal agencies.
.@statedeptspox You don’t instill a whole lot of confidence.
— Bobby (@bfinstock) July 18, 2014
.@statedeptspox Describe your job. As you understand it. Take your time.
— Lifelong Soccer Fan (@MetricButtload) July 18, 2014
— JaSchrein (@jaschrein) July 18, 2014
As Western Journalism reported, when Psaki did speak out about the intensive Palestinian attack on Israel, she elicited widespread criticism for her insistence that the Israeli army must work harder to prevent civilian casualties — despite the fact that Hamas admittedly advocates the use of human shields at likely targets in Gaza.
Photo Credit: Twitter/Jen Psaki
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom