Viral Photo of Peter Doocy, Jen Psaki Sparks Interest Over Height

An image of two people who were oftentimes at odds in the White House is making its way across social media and the height difference between them is startling.

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy on Friday afternoon posted a photo of himself with outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and it quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

The picture shows Doocy towering over Psaki as the two stand together and smile for the camera. The photo from Doocy is also accompanied by the caption, "End of an era in the Brady briefing room! Good luck @jrpsaki."

Doocy's post wishing the White House press secretary well coincides with Friday marking the end of Psaki's tenure in the Biden administration. Her exit comes after reports indicated that she was planning to step down to take a position with MSNBC.

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A photo of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy was a trending topic on Twitter. Above, Psaki waves goodbye following her final White House press briefing in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2022. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Many Twitter users commented on the height difference between the two.

One person stated that she "didn't realize she [Psaki] was so tiny" and that her "stature behind the podium was just so impressive I didn't notice."

Another person called it "a great photo" and that he "had no idea you [Doocy] were so tall!!"

A third Twitter user accused Doocy of using a "shrink ray on her."

Someone else commented that "dang, is she tiny or what???"

Clayton Tramel posed a question about the height differential between the two, asking, "Is she that short or are you that tall? Or both?"

In a video posted to Twitter, Psaki stated that she was "signing off as the White House press secretary," calling her time in the position "the honor of a lifetime." She ended the clip by saying that she looks forward to seeing her successor and other members of the White House press team "shine in the months ahead."

Psaki steps down after 15 months on the job. She had been the Biden administration's first and only press secretary.

During press briefings, Psaki and the Fox News White House correspondent would often get into sparring matches. The two have clashed over the origins of COVID, the White House's decision to pull out of Afghanistan as well as Florida's controversial Parental Rights in Education law, which opponents have commonly referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" law.

Just last month, on an episode of the Pod Save America podcast, Psaki stated that Doocy's questions made him sounds like a "stupid son of a b**ch" at times.

"He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a b**ch," Psaki said.

Last week, the White House announced Psaki's placement. Current White House Principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will now take over the role, becoming the primary person tasked with getting the Biden administration's message out to the public and members of the press covering the White House.

In becoming the White House press secretary, Jean-Pierre makes history as both the first Black woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to hold the position.

Newsweek reached out to Fox News and the White House for comment.