Isabel Rodríguez (Picture: .)
After I was a spokesperson in Castilla-La Mancha, greater than ten years in the past, a really younger Isabel Rodríguez had a dialog with Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba. He gave him a decalogue on how one can act earlier than the press. The primary level was: don’t give a headline, slightly, give the headline you wish to give. Laughs. “I’m going to strive,” she recalled and launched at the moment.
However this time the stage was the very Palace of La Moncloa, on Tuesday the 13th. Neither get married nor embark on … nicely, the first day of the transformed Government of Pedro Sánchez, debuting Isabel Rodríguez as spokesperson. The face that the president needs for a more in-depth authorities. She has practiced it from minute one: smiles and tried to translate the agreements into the language of the avenue.
Out of the blue, La Moncloa appears like one other. At the desk explaining the agreements Rodríguez, who has been accompanied by one other rookie, Pilar Alegría, who holds Schooling, and a veteran, Reyes Maroto, who preserves Business, Tourism and Commerce. And in the entrance row? Óscar López, Sánchez’s new chief of employees, has already sat down after the dismissal of Iván Redondo. “Congratulations,” a journalist yelled as she took her place. Giving the flooring was Miguel Ángel Oliver, in what shall be his final press convention as Secretary of State for Communication.
“Be benevolent,” the spokeswoman has requested from the starting to the journalists, who have been already elevating their palms earlier than the spherical of questions started. Some I already knew from their time in the socialist parliamentary group. In his palms all the time a white pen … with the defend and the identify of Puertollano! That mayoress blood just isn’t eliminated.
Isabel Rodríguez, Miguel Ángel Oliver and the journalists (Picture: .)
All the time attentive to the cellular. He nonetheless doesn’t know if he’ll change the quantity, and with the damaged display. That occurs to you even if you’re a authorities spokesperson. You continue to have greater than 800 unanswered messages (it provides you hassle, but it surely was unattainable). Pilar Alegría, subsequent to him, additionally has greater than 400. Every part has gone with dizzying velocity, they’ve barely had time to take a suitcase with what they’re sporting.
What the authorities spokesperson didn’t know is that there is no such thing as a phone protection inside the press room (you possibly can solely talk one when you join by way of Wi-Fi). This tip was not recognized to Rodríguez, who checked out his cellular, particularly when requested about Cuba … and couldn’t discover assist from the International Minister, José Manuel Albares. She has acknowledged it herself.
Cuba has been the thorniest challenge of its first press convention: defending democracy and human rights, and making an attempt to climate the most direct questions on whether or not it’s a dictatorship or not and the place of United We Can on the island.
From the Cuban rhythm to Catalonia, the different theme that may mark the symphonies of his press convention. His appointment has been interpreted as an try to stop the Catalan agenda from marking the day-to-day actions of the Authorities after the pardons. At the second, she has not set a date for the bilateral with the Generalitat (which theoretically needs to be in July). Will you file an attraction towards the Generalitat fund for the requests of the Court docket of Auditors? No reply: he has not had time. “I ask for understanding”, has launched.
He had some “nerves”, he additionally confessed, however all the time he smiled and tried to offer him a detailed tone. She shall be a “24/7” spokesperson, she has proclaimed at the desk in Moncloa: with the promise to journalists that she is going to attend to them always. “I hope to be as much as the job”, has come to say.
Isabel Rodríguez, upon her arrival at the Council of Ministers (Picture: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU by way of .)
Lopez was watching her very attentively all the time from the entrance row. She nodded when her different classmates spoke and took notes. A white folder full of papers, notices and a notepad to function anchor. “Phantasm, hope, future,” he repeated, the president’s order may be very clear.
An entire storm of feelings (and Rodríguez didn’t wish to get absolutely into what occurred with Iván Redondo). He doesn’t actually have a digital agenda but, and yesterday he barely had time (between portfolio adjustments) to go to La Moncloa a bit and meet the individuals from the Secretary of State for Communication. A day without truce, beginning this Tuesday with the stroll in entrance of the photographers very early. The ambiance in the Council (of Ministers, not of Authorities) has been of change, of a brand new stage, though the president has needed to go earlier than for an act in Gijón.
Rodríguez has already made his debut, with a Catalan and Cuban accent. However she just isn’t leaving her Royal Metropolis. Many questions stay to be answered at La Moncloa.
This text initially appeared on The HuffPost and has been up to date.