A week after being sworn in, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge is already making waves in Washington.
In the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on Thursday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki introduced Fudge at her first White House press conference.
After thanking Psaki, Fudge greeted reporters, saying, “Good afternoon.” However, the reporters did not appear to reciprocate Fudge’s salutation.
When Fudge repeated her greeting, members of the press finally said it back.
“Oh, thank you. I was wondering if I was in this room by myself,” Fudge joked.
The funny exchange was later reposted by The Shade Room:
After the hilarious clip went viral, many applauded Secretary Fudge for her manners and her commanding stage presence.
“Don't play with her,” one IG user wrote.
“lol! She ain’t playin!” another commenter wrote.
“If ‘Speak when you're spoken to’ was a person,” another joked.
Vivica A. Fox also commented on the clip, writing, “YAASS QUEEN! Y’all heard me! MKAY!”
Last week, the Senate confirmed Fudge 66-34, making her the first Black woman to lead the agency in more than four decades. Previously, she served as representative for the 11th Congressional District of Ohio for more than 12 years.
“The past year has reminded us just how important it is to have a safe and stable place to call home. But, right now — for millions of Americans — that sense of security and peace of mind is out of reach,” Fudge said in a video statement after she was sworn in Wednesday evening.
In her address, Fudge plans to break down the “barriers of injustice” by providing relief to families struggling to pay their rent and mortgages and helping more Americans achieve homeownership.