The way President Joe Biden smiles and giggles in front of American reporters, you’d think he’s disrespecting them. But no, that can’t be the case.
It was the White House that spoke – on the first day of the administration – of a “profound respect for the role of a free and independent press in our democracy”.
Well Joe, I think you’d call that nonsense.
On Tuesday, as Biden sat in the Oval Office next to the Dutch prime minister, reporters peppered him with questions about his classified documents scandal, and as always, the smiling chief pursed his lips, shrugged his shoulders at his foreign visitor and chuckled like those reporters were just pesky kids.
It’s a habit with him – insulting the American media in front of foreign leaders.
“I wouldn’t bother to answer,” he was caught telling the Philippines’ president in September.
When British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the White House last year, he answered questions. Biden is just sitting there, like he does, arms crossed, hands clasped or on his chin.
“They are among the only press in the world to do this. Seriously. Seriously,” he jovially told guests in October.
No, they’re not…serious.
Biden wants America to see journalists as a joke. They are no threat to him – he will simply have his staff escort them out of the room.
The way President Joe Biden smiles and giggles in the faces of American journalists, you might think he disrespects them. But no, that can’t be the case.
On Tuesday, as Biden sat in the Oval Office next to the Dutch prime minister (above, left), the smiling chief pursed his lips, shrugged at his foreign visitor and chuckled as if those reporters weren’t just annoying kids.
Cynically, he’s onto something. Unfortunately, and not entirely unjustifiably, the American media is about as trustworthy as a tattooed used-car salesman.
But Biden’s act is just a thin veil. The truth is that journalists catch him because he can’t stand the heat. He is afraid to open his mouth.
When he tried to improvise an answer about his mishandling of American secrets by storing them in his garage, he escalated the situation.
“By the way, my Corvette is in a locked garage, okay? So it’s not like they’re sitting in the street,” he said.
You can imagine his staff smacking their palms in their faces. And there’s something else – Biden’s skin is about as thick as cigarette rolling papers.
Remember this is the guy who desperately grabbed Obama’s shoulder, begging for his attention, as everyone crowded around the former president. He used to make frequent fun of the press and more often than not he referred to it with a dismissive “you people…”
A year ago, on another hot mic, Biden was caught calling Fox News’ Peter Doocy “a dumb son of a bitch,” and he called NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell a “pain in the the neck”.
In October, pressed about his lack of campaign appearances and the implication that negative-ballot candidates did not want to appear with him, he complained: “It’s not true, there are had 15, count, kid, count,” during a female reporter.
When asked what limits he would place on abortion, instead of giving a coherent answer, he just stuttered, “It’s Roe versus Wade. Read it, man, you’ll learn.
What a moron.
Since television cameras have existed, presidents have had a playful, sharp, even controversial repartee with those who cover them.
We all remember Donald Trump being pilloried for calling the media “enemies of the American people,” but at least he answered their questions. So why does grumpy Grandpa Joe get a pass for his paltry approach to the men and women tasked with keeping the American people informed?
But Biden’s act is just a thin veil. The truth is that journalists catch him because he can’t stand the heat. He is afraid to open his mouth. (Above) Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio shake hands at the White House on January 13, 2023
When British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (above, left) visited the White House last year, he answered questions. Biden is just sitting there, like he does, arms crossed, hands clasped or on his chin.
Trump’s anger was generally directed at the media as an institution, not at individual journalists on a personal level. In fact, he seems to be on good terms with some of his harshest critics such as Maggie Haberman of The New York Times and New York. Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi.
When Biden applauds those who urge him, it’s not about the institution of journalism, but rather outrage that these petulant Q&A practitioners have the nerve to question him at all.
He is petty. Bad.
In Biden’s way of thinking, any question that challenges him, and let’s be honest, aside from Doocy they are rare, must either be the result of a reporter acting in bad faith or just plain stupid.
This is a very dangerous attitude for the most powerful man in the country. It may provide some insight into why on almost every issue, from the border to the economy to energy policy and everything in between, his administration never pivots, never adapts to the facts. in the field.
This attitude of cavalier disdain has never been more infuriating than it is right now as Biden faces legitimate questions about the most serious scandal of his career. His lawyers almost admitted he broke the law, but Joe thinks these scathing young reporters should just shut up while a special counsel uncovers what happened in a dark corner of the Justice Department.
Well, that’s not how it works, man. In fact, if CBS News hadn’t revealed the story of the classified documents, Biden would have been happy to keep Americans completely in the dark about it, as he had for weeks.
This attitude of cavalier disdain has never been more infuriating than it is right now as Biden faces legitimate questions about the most serious scandal of his career. (Above) President Joe Biden meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mexico City on January 10, 2023
Now, reporters who in the past have meekly borne the brunt of Biden’s malevolence only to continue their favorable coverage have been visibly and audibly frustrated for lying since this scandal began.
On Friday, Biden dispatched his hapless press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to the briefing room to convey inaccurate and incomplete information about the number of documents found. She now admits the White House didn’t even bother to update her, she didn’t know the facts.
Biden can’t stay away from this classified documents scandal in his basement like he did in the 2020 presidential election. Covid can’t shield him from vigorous questioning this time around.
The people deserve better than Biden’s sarcastic, whiny antics with the press. They deserve a president who understands that he is not an infallible pope, but a politician who has a responsibility to answer the tough questions.
Cultivate a backbone Mr. President, Americans want answers.
And for God’s sake, wipe that smirk off your face.