President-elect Joe Biden is appointing an all-female communications team

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a Drive thru rally at the Jewish Society Museum in Philadelphia

President-elect Joe Biden is a competent adult who understands how government works, and he’s already been inside one presidential transition before. It honestly warms my heart to see Biden already announcing his teams, and an added bonus is that Biden’s no-drama transition is causing endless tantrums from Donald Trump, who keeps crying about how Biden shouldn’t be allowed to announce his appointees. LOL. Anyway, last week the president-elect announced a slew of national security and ambassadorial appointments. Then yesterday, he announced his White House communications team… and they’re all women.

President-elect Joe Biden has filled out his economics and communications teams, enlisting mostly women, including several of color, in a move that reflected his campaign pledge to create an administration that presents a diverse face to America as it tackles twin pandemic and economic crises.

Biden is expected to nominate Neera Tanden, the chief executive of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, as director of the influential Office of Management and Budget, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the nominations freely. Tanden, whose parents immigrated from India, would be the first woman of color to oversee the agency.

The president-elect will also appoint Princeton University labor economist Cecilia Rouse as chair of the three-member Council of Economic Advisers, with economists Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey serving as the other members. Rouse, who is African American, would be the first woman of color to chair the council, which will play a key role in advising the president on the economy, which has been ailing since the pandemic struck the country, throwing tens of millions out of work. Biden earlier named economist Janet Yellen as his treasury secretary.

Jennifer Psaki, a veteran Democratic spokeswoman, will be Biden’s White House press secretary, one of seven women who will fill the upper ranks of his administration’s communications staff. It is the first time all of the top aides tasked with speaking on behalf of an administration and shaping its message will be female. Biden’s team will be steered by Kate Bedingfield, a longtime Biden aide who was his campaign communications director and will hold the same title in his White House.

[From WaPo]

This is what we’ve heard about Joe Biden this whole time, honestly. This is how he ran his Senate office, and this is how he ran the vice-president’s office too. He likes to put women in positions of power. He’s not afraid of being in a room full of women, or taking advice from women or having women craft his entire messaging as president. We knew his administration would be this representative as soon as he asked Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

Also: there’s a lot of angst in some quarters about Neera Tanden, who is the Bernie Sanders’ supporters’ bête noire. Honestly, I spend a lot of time online but I barely followed all of that sh-t, and I think people who “live online” vastly overestimate how much regular people care about any of those “controversies.” Tanden apparently heckles the Bernie Bros and people think that Sanders might try to, like, block her appointment or something. This is ridiculous.

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  1. JanetDR says:

    It’s very exciting to see that it’s going to be more than a return to normalcy. We are actually going to be better!

  2. Darla says:

    Glenn Greewald is OBSESSED with Neera. It’s really strange. Most people don’t know who she is. MSNBC viewers will have a vague idea. Only EOL people have a strong opinion about her, and Biden is President-elect because he doesn’t notice, know about, or care about that stuff. I’m EOL, and honestly, I am loving that about him. I basically hate myself at this point for knowing all of the ins and outs of Maga and alt-left and center twitter. lol

    • girl_ninja says:

      Greenwood is a monster. He’s basically a Trumpster and hates PBO and anything or one Obama adjacent.

    • Nina Simone says:

      What’s EOL?

    • cer says:

      Seeing the EOL Bernie supporters freak out over Tanden amuses me to no end.
      And it was pointed out by HuffPost’s DC correspondent that it would be highly unlikely that Biden didn’t consult with Bernie about Tanden. Bernie’s the ranking Dem on the Senate Committee that will oversee her confirmation hearings.

    • Anne Call says:

      Yeah, I tweeted yesterday after the Neera appointment became public that you would heard the twitter red rose explosion in outer space. Some of those people are extremely crazy. I have had GG blocked forever.

  3. Chris says:

    Yeah I didn’t know who she was and also didn’t know she was reviled by Bernie supporters. She’s considered progressive according to articles I’ve read, so who knows? Twitter isn’t real life and people really forget that, especially political Twitter. I don’t care about Twitter beefs. I don’t have it in me in 2020.

    I’m really excited about all of these qualified female appointments. They’re clearly not just checking boxes, they’re hiring professionals with experience. I also barely know any of these ladies and I’m thrilled. Bring back boring qualified people! So tired of the white supremacist clown show in the White House for the past four years.

    • Mac says:

      It doesn’t really matter what the Berni Bros think of Tanden because the Republicans loathe her and CAP. Her confirmation is going to be tough. Republicans will do a lot of eyeroll-inducing grandstanding.

      • Chris says:

        Republicans are such grandstanding obstructionists at this point, Democrats could reanimate the corpse of Ronald Reagan for a cabinet position and they’d find a reason to block him. They’ll never be happy with any appointments of a Democratic president.

  4. Southern Fried says:

    So freakin exciting! I especially love Simone Sanders being the author of the book, “No, You Shut Up” Try saying it out loud. Impossible to say it without feeling lol

  5. AnnaKist says:

    I’m not even American, and I feel as if someone just turned on a beautiful light after four years of darkness. I hope I don’t lose that feeling. Mr Biden really does have a monumental task ahead of him, thanks to that deadshit loser trump.

    • Betsy says:

      The true reason for the enormity of Biden’s task is that the GOP is terrible. They have commit treason, they have gone along with every single thing Trump did, no matter how bad or illegal. It’s not one bad person. Trump is the weird pimple representing a septic GOP.

      • Anne Call says:

        I truly worried that as a country we have become unworkable. 50 states and half of them are run by conspiracy driven undemocratic clowns. Starting to think California and rest of west coast should bid adieu and start our own more reasonable science driven forward thinking nation. #calexit

  6. Busyann says:

    I was hoping Symone Sanders would be Press Secretary, but am very happy to see her as Kamala’s. I think eventually, she will be Biden’s Press Secretary. How amazing would that be?!

    • Southern Fried says:

      Looking forward to her eating fox press for breakfast.

      • Soupie says:

        Me too. I just moved to the southeast a month ago. This California girl/ancestral Yank is excited to see what is in store for the prodigy Symone. Damn I like her style.

  7. I always think you can get a lot of insight into a President by looking at his choice of spouse. (Hopefully, someday soon, that will include a male spouse 😎). Jill Biden is a highly educated, articulate, active participant with a strong voice….and that speaks well for him.

  8. GuestwithCat says:

    Ugh. I saw on Twitter some guy questioning the fact that these are all women. He said if it’s based on their qualifications, fine, but implied it’s just a sort of affirmative action type of thing.

    I see this sort of speculation by white men EVERY damned time someone who is not a white male is announced for any position of power. Does anyone worry when they look at the all white male Boards of Directors or senior management teams of large powerful corporations and see a sea of white male faces that many, if not most of them may be there due to cronyism? Why assume the old boys network is based on merit?

    • Chris says:

      So stupid, women frequently have to be overqualified to get their foot in the door. It’s also incredibly rich hearing that considering most of the appointments of the trump administration were unqualified rich white people who have donated to trump.

  9. FancyHat says:

    Yeah when it is all white men no one asks if they are really the best choice. It is assumed. When it is a PoC or woman that is always the first question

  10. olliesmom says:

    Who runs the world? Girls!

    This is going to be awesome. It is going to be so positive and enjoyable to watch Joe and Kamala and their administration run this country for the next four years.

    No more unfortunate Sarah Sanders. No more McNinny.

  11. Daphne says:

    I’m disappointed he isn’t going with women for Secretary of State and other key cabinet positions. Samantha Power would have been a great pick for SecState. Also, communications is typically viewed as a woman’s job in DC. Having worked at the federal government, I’m bummed with his picks so far.

  12. Danielle says:

    Im a Bernie “Bro”/supporter who spends a good amount of time online, but not on Twitter, and I’ve never heard of Neera Tanden. A lot of these Bernie supporters online who act like this, aren’t genuine supporters. Thats why they are so loud.