Biden Says Reporters Are “Bad” for Making Him Answer Questions
While Democratic President Joe Biden isnât necessarily hiding in the basement any longer, he isnât strictly allowed to be out in public or in front of a microphone for very long. And when I say heâs not âallowed,â I mean just that.
For the second week in a row, Biden has made comments about him getting âin troubleâ or ânot supposedâ to be talking to reporters and taking questions from them.
As he told the White House press pool on Wednesday, âYou guys are bad. Iâm not supposed to be answering all these questions. Iâm supposed to leave, but I canât resist your questions.â
He actually walked away from the podium just before this but appeared to change his mind and returned to field more questions.
Last week, he did nearly precisely the same thing. He walked away from the podium and then returned, saying, âIâm sorry. This is the last question Iâll take. Iâm really gonna be in trouble.â
And while he has said both in a joking manner and with a smile, we arenât really so sure that heâs not serious. I mean, otherwise, why would he say it more than once and at more than one location or event?
Besides, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has pretty much confirmed that he has been told on numerous occasions not to speak to reporters.
Last week, Psaki told David Axelrodâs podcast that Biden has a bad habit of taking far too many questions from reporters. Itâs something that apparently happens ânearly every day,â and itâs not at all âsomething we recommend.â
And if that wasnât bad enough, she admitted that âIn fact, a lot of times we say, âDonât take questions.â But heâs going to do what he wants to do because heâs the president of the United States.â
Now, as some would be inclined to say, this could be a case of mere professional respect. Biden has a staff and an entire department with the sole purpose of handling communications and helping the president and his administration to be seen in the best light possible. And they all know he has a penchant for making some rather egregious mistakes in front of the camera.
They, like any adviser, could simply be warning him of speaking too much and giving gaffes a bigger opportunity to be made. And he, as a man willing to listen to that advice, is simply respecting their ideas.
However, there seems to be a lot more going on than just some advice given and taken.
Take, for instance, the fact that he has literally been pulled away from the microphone and camera by staff members on more than one occurrence.
Or what about that time when his communications team cut off his live feed right after Biden announced he would be taking questions.
And, of course, we canât forget about all the times that the official transcripts have been changed to fit a more cohesive and less blunder-filled speech from our commander-in-chief. Bidenâs even given press conferences in which he has written on cheat cards what topics he is allowed to discuss and which reporters he is allowed to call on.
And just this week, it was reported by Politico that the Biden Administration has a policy in place in which interviews with staff members or administration officials can only be conducted if the reporter doing the interviewing has agreed to send quotes from the interview for approval before being published.
Talk about a lack of transparencyâ¦
At this point, Iâd say Biden isnât kidding at all about not being allowed to talk to the press. Now, of course, I donât think he exactly gets âin troubleâ for doing so. I mean, what are they going to do to the President of the United States, especially since heâs a feeble, old man?
Nevertheless, they, as in Bidenâs liberal staff, are clearly trying to control every move he makes, every word he utters, and everything even remotely related to the White House. I donât know how they can deny it when Biden is telling everyone that.