More reaction to President Biden’s first presser on Thursday is pouring in and it unflatteringly includes his use of cheat sheets to identify reporters, his stumbling while speaking, forgetting what he was saying, and much more that left viewers wondering “Is this real?”
Sean Hannity said it was like “watching a trainwreck in slow motion.” Conservative analyst Todd Starnes tweeted that it was a “scripted reality television show.” Politico Kimberly Klacik quipped on Twitter: “America just had bologna for lunch.” Tucker Carlson epically mocked the entire presser with biting snark as well.
Fox News host Chris Wallace, who is a registered Democrat, was “struck by the fact that it seemed on every foreign policy question, not the others, but on foreign policy, he went to his briefing book like Jen Psaki does sometimes in the briefings, and was reading obviously White House guidance, White House talking points.” Biden’s answer on North Korea was read entirely from his notes.
“Covering Ronald Reagan for six years, I never saw that,” Wallace commented. “Watching a lot of news conferences over the years, I’ve never seen that — a president in a news conference reading talking points. He did that on, it seemed, every foreign policy question.”
(Video Credit: Fox News)
In reality, Biden referred to his notes throughout the briefing as if he could not remember where he was or what he was talking about. He also stopped in mid-sentence more than once and just seemed to give up even trying to formulate a cogent thought.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace: "I was also struck by the fact that it seemed on every foreign policy question… [Joe Biden] went to his briefing book… and was reading obviously White House guidance, White House talking points. Covering Ronald Reagan for 6 years, I never saw that." pic.twitter.com/nZOcJw6Laa
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 25, 2021
Former Clinton aide James Carville quipped Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Beat” that the questions asked at the press conference were “ridiculous.”
Photos have surfaced of Biden’s notes that he read from and continuously referenced during his presser. There’s also a photo of what seems to be a list of pre-selected reporters that he called on. There were 25 in the room. He only called on ten of them and notably, one of the reporters snubbed was Peter Doocy of Fox News. The reporters were numbered on his list in the order they were called upon. They were obviously preselected before the presser.
Biden numbered the reporters.
How do you feel about this, journos?
Do ya like being numbered? pic.twitter.com/iFcoWacXso
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 26, 2021
“Fox News reporter Peter Doocy was in the room but Biden did not call on him, instead consulting a list that he repeatedly looked at when determining who he was going to call on,” The Daily Wire said. “All of the reporters that Biden called on were from left-of-center mainstream publications and far-left organizations or are activists who masquerade as reporters.”
The list of reporters called upon by Biden included:
- Zeke Miller, reporter, Associated Press
- Yamiche Alcindor, far-left reporter, PBS
- Seung Min Kim, reporter, The Washington Post
- Cecilia Vega, reporter, ABC News
- Ken Thomas, reporter, Wall Street Journal
- Kristen Welker, reporter, NBC News
- Nancy Cordes, reporter, CBS News
- Kaitlan Collins, reporter, CNN
- Justin Sink, reporter, Bloomberg News
- Janet Rodriguez, reporter, Univision
Incredible awkward moment as Joe Biden struggles to find which hand-picked reporter to call on next from his list… pic.twitter.com/LWB3QcXyIE
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 25, 2021
Many conservatives are claiming that Biden received his questions in advance. That has not been proven.
Doocy alleged after the presser that there were aides “monitoring what” Biden was saying, though he was “pretty much on his own.” It was also alleged that Biden didn’t seem to realize a presser was going to take place and he was nudged to the podium.
There are even more responses that are flooding Twitter over Biden’s embarrassing presser:
Can we call this the biggest political scandal in decades yet or nah? https://t.co/zjfbwlrA2m
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) March 25, 2021
Shortly after that he stares off into space for what felt like an eternity… Highly uncomfortable to watch 😳
— Jamie Simon (@JamieSimon) March 25, 2021
The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead.
— David Goldgorin (@DGoldgorin) March 25, 2021
Is this real? Jesus.
— Razeak (@razeak) March 25, 2021
After watching that, I can’t tell which one of us had a stroke.
— Sedated Seagull (@SedatedSeagull) March 25, 2021
HOW THE HELL DID THIS PERSON BECOME THE LEADER OF THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD pic.twitter.com/lNbMYcxwex
— TX_Eric (@EricMarquez62) March 25, 2021
Do you think he even knows his own name at this point? This is legitimately scary that he’s in a position with that much power.
— Greig Francis (@TBTrojan) March 25, 2021
He’s not even going to last until the end of summer.
— Raj Sharma (@Raj_5harma) March 25, 2021
Embarrassing. This is the guy all our enemies wanted to become president, not Trump! Pretty soon our military is going to be playing flag football while our enemies are honing their fighting skills. Flat out embarrassing.
— Farmer Lance (@SoilHealthLance) March 25, 2021
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