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People Are Freaking Out Over Jared Kushner's Voice (Video)

| by David Bonner
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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, hosted top technology company executives at a White House meeting on June 19 (video below).

It was part of "Technology Week" at the White House, under the auspices of the Trump administration's Office of American Innovation and American Technology Council, which is headed by Kushner, reports CBS.

Trump's remarks at the event were transcribed in a White House press release.

"I’m really thrilled to welcome many of you for the first time, and certainly the first time meeting as the American Technology Council," he told the invited guests. "We’re joined by an incredible group of leaders on the absolute cutting edge of innovation, including many CEOs from the world’s most successful businesses."

Technology executives in attendance included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

"Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens," Trump continued. "Fifty years ago, our government drove the innovation that inspired the world and put Americans on the moon.  Today, many of our agencies rely on painfully outdated technology, and yet, we have the greatest people in technology that the world has ever seen right here with us in this room."

The event was billed as a brainstorming session to help modernize the federal government's technology infrastructure, according to Kushner.

"Many warned me bureaucracy would resist any change we tried to implement. So far I've found exactly the opposite," he said. "The goal is simple here, to improve the day-to-day lives of average citizens. That's a core promise and we are keeping it."

Kushner applauded the work already done by some agencies, including Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's work in moving the agency to electronic health records. "By modernizing systems, we will meaningfully improve the lives of Americans," Kushner predicted.

But it was the sound of Kushner's voice that caught the public's attention.

On an April episode of the satirical talk show "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver joked that the public had never heard Kushner speak, as noted in a broadcast story by CNN's Jeanne Moos. "For someone with the amount of power that [Kushner] has, have you ever heard him speak? Seriously, what does his voice sound like? You don’t know, do you?"

As the punch line, Oliver showed a video of Kushner with comedian Gilbert Gottfried’s famously whiny and abrasive voice dubbed on top.

So when Kushner's real voice emerged on the video from his speech to the technology executives, the social media was quick to take note of its youthful character.

"Kind of disappointed. Jared Kushner's making his first public remarks and he hasn't been hiding a cool Darth Vader voice. At all," tweeted one user.

"It's probably not fair to observe that finally hearing Kushner's voice is a major let-down. Sounds like he's giving an 8th grade valedictory," wrote another.

"Who knew? Ivanka has a more masculine voice than Jared Kushner," mocked a third.

Perhaps the most accurate comparison was made by a social media user who tweeted: "Jared Kushner's voice sounds like a young Michael Cera," as quoted by CNN, which accompanied the remark with a video clip of Cera's squeaky-voiced character, George-Michael Bluth, on the television comedy "Arrested Development." 

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