In the grand opaque hierarchy of the Trump administration, few figures are more vexing than Jared Kushner. He is alternately the architect of Trump’s victory and a sniveling court jester, a figure now tasked with, among other things, orchestrating peace in the Middle East, reforming the government, handling the opioid crisis, serving as liaison to Mexico and China and the Muslim community, and reforming our criminal justice system. His chief political accomplishment thus far seems to have been marrying Ivanka Trump, and if you’d like to feel more confidence in him than that, good luck; he has literally never opened his mouth in public.

Until today, that is! For reasons that will probably be clear in two weeks, when some new scandal casts all of the immediate past in a troubling new light, Kushner was shoved out in front of the cameras today to do a little reading. The little guy did well!

Social media users reacted largely with amazement at finally hearing the voice of one of the most powerful men in America.