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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, December 7, 2022

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  MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  It’s almost like you guys were not expecting me to be out.  (Laughter.)  Q    You caught us off guard.  MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I don’t know.  Q    Day 625 of the administration — MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I don’t know, right?  Q    — and it finally happened.  Q    Shockwaves.  (Laughter.)  MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  As we go into 2023, you know, just going to do things a little different.  All right, good afternoon, everybody.  I just have a couple things at the top, and we’ll get started.  Today, on the 81st anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the President met with a group of 23 World War Two veterans, family members, and volunteers, and thanked them for their service.  The veterans traveled to D.C. on an Honor Flight from Austin, Texas, to attend the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Observance at the World War Two Memorial on the National Mall.  These veterans served on the homefront, across the Pacific and European theaters. Today we remember and pay tribute to the 2,403 service members and ci