Kayleigh McEnany, Donald Trump's fourth press secretary, is from the South. And any Florida resident probably knows a thing or two about college football.
And, back when Americans played and watched organised sports in those pre-pandemic days, college football fans spent months debating whether this team or that one is a real championship contender. Does, say, No. 7 Utah or No. 20 Appalachian State pass the so-called 'eye test'?
Though some college pigskin fans dismiss the eye test, it can be useful in ruling out the Mountaineers as a long shot College Football Playoff contender while seeing that the Utes likely will be in the mix come December.
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In short, the 'eye test' is about whether a team, or in this case, a press secretary meets the standard of a serious player.
Ms McEnany easily passed on Friday during the first White House briefing led by a press secretary since Sarah Huckabee Sanders left the White House last summer. In fact, Ms Sanders's final appearance behind the blue lectern in the James S. Brady Briefing Room was March 11, 2019.
So, before a black-clad Ms McEnany stepped behind the lectern, it had been nearly 14 months since a press secretary performed this essential part of communicating the president's stance or thinking on a myriad issues -- or what federal agencies are working on to inform or implement one of his decisions.
In terms of tone, preparedness, professionalism and comfort level, Ms McEnany was impressive during her first nationally televised briefing.
For good reason, she did her undergraduate work at Georgetown University, and later graduated from Harvard Law School. Unlike Sean Spicer, Ms Sanders and the almost-invisible Stephanie Grisham before her, Ms McEnany has been prepared for the big stage, the bright lights and the tough questions.
She was much more in the mold of Josh Earnest, Barack Obama's final press secretary, or Dana Perino, who held the job under George W. Bush, than Mr Spicer or Ms Sanders. Ms McEnany's use of a binder, through which she flipped throughout, to convey information or prepared remarks is a positive sign -- though reporters sometimes groan when canned responses are coming.
It's a very Josh Earnest move, and the Obama aide was always well-prepared and clearly had access to the president and senior policy aides. It also suggests she and her staff are thinking hard about what they want to say in the briefing room, which suggests she is trying to inject some order and professionalism into the always-chaotic Trump White House, which so often has felt like a flying-by-a-seat-of-its-pants operation.
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