CHECK OUT THIS PATHETIC BIDEN VIDEO FIRST SAYING HE WOULD TAKE PRESS QUESTIONS THEN SAYING, HE WON’T TAKE QUESTIONS…. HE’S OUR “COMMANDER & CHIEF”?????……..PM
President Joe Biden has repeatedly implied that his handlers set the rules and determine when and where he’s allowed to take questions from the press, leading observers to ponder who is actually calling the shots behind the scenes.
The trend began with Biden’s first formal White House press conference as president in January. Following his remarks about his “Made in America” manufacturing initiative, a member of Biden’s staff was heard calling on specific reporters to ask their questions to the president, something that was similarly done during the 2020 presidential election and the transition period. However, the president has since escalated the practice and Biden has repeatedly suggested he’s not in the driver’s seat when it comes to handling the press.
Biden declared Sunday he wasn’t “supposed to take any questions” during a visit to the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters as Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana.
“I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” Biden said to a reporter before quickly changing his mind when he was asked about Afghanistan.
“I’m not gonna answer Afghanistan now,” he said before turning his back to the press and walking away.
While presidents have often relied on pre-set lists of reporters to call on at formal press conferences, his phrasing that he was “instructed” to choose a certain journalist drew attention.
“Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC,” Biden said.
“As usual… they gave me a list”
Biden was mocked for “saying the quiet part out loud” in June when he admitted at the outset of his press conference in Geneva he would only be calling on reporters from a prepared list.
“I’ll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on,” Biden told the press following his anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Observers wondered whether the “they” Biden referred to was his communications team.
It’s unclear whether Biden is trying to be folksy when he uses that kind of language.