Joe Biden is once again facing criticism over his lackluster performance during press appearances, this time over a “cheat sheet” that he used during a trip to Louisiana where he toured areas hit by Hurricane Ida last week, a massive storm that wreaked havoc and left millions without power.
The embattled president arrived at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and as he strode across the tarmac in his customary black mask, a reporter spotted the card protruding from Biden’s rear pocket.
According to the New York Post, the document “sticking out of his pants pocket” included names and pictures of local officials including New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. Biden also appeared to have a script with talking points.
The president was greeted by Louisiana’s Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards, the state’s two Republican senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, Mayor Cantrell and GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, before embarking on his tour of areas affected by the category four storm.
The “cheat sheet” resulted in harsh words for Biden, who regularly fumbles his way through press conferences even on his best days and rarely takes questions.
Lisa Boothe, a Fox News contributor expressed exasperation with the POTUS, “Can Joe Biden do anything without a cheat sheet? He couldn’t give a speech on Afghanistan after 5 PM,” she said, “It’s abundantly clear he’s not operating on full cylinders. He should be in retirement, not leading a country. It’s time we start talking about it more. Everyone sees it.”
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News, “President Trump certainly never carried a ‘cheat sheet’ with him,” she said. “As any good staff would, we often provided him with a pocket card before he left the plane, but he usually just left it on Air Force 1 and definitely never relied on it to remember the names of those he was meeting on the tarmac.”
Twitter hammered Biden with a hurricane of mockery:
Fox News: Biden blasted for ‘cheat sheet’ he used in Louisiana while surveying storm damage: ‘Weak and incompetent’.https://t.co/TdgzU5R849
— Patrick Idahosa (@rainbowsynergie) September 5, 2021
The guy can’t even speak from the heart and relies on written notes. SHAME ON HIM! Biden blasted for ‘cheat sheet’ he used in Louisiana while surveying storm damage: ‘Weak and incompetent’ https://t.co/C8VQVMXzWn #FoxNews
— Jennifer Theriot (@JenTheRiot) September 4, 2021
His medical team can’t anticipate when he’ll have an episode. His notes probably include pics and names of his wife and staff, as well as the code words he should use for “I need help” and “I’m scared.”
— fluffykoala (@fluffykoala_s) September 4, 2021
Hopefully last visit like this. Biden has declared he will stop any further hurricanes if we just do what Democrats say.
— crappie-doc (@crappiedoc) September 3, 2021
So y’all telling me Biden can have a cheat sheet for his speech and questions but I got in trouble when I had one for a test
— Jake (@jacobstu1232) September 4, 2021
It isn’t the first time that Biden has used a “cheat sheet” either. He used a similar visual aid during his first formal press conference in March.
Joe Biden had a cheat sheet with the names and faces marked of which journalists to call on, and he knew EXACTLY what questions would be asked of him.
That was not a press conference—that was a play put on by bad faith actors in a pseudo-democracy. pic.twitter.com/ee56Xcg63M
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 26, 2021
Biden also had to resort to notes during his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva this summer.
Biden brought his flashcards into his meeting with Putin. pic.twitter.com/vrAUrpdmaX
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 16, 2021
The optics couldn’t be worse for Biden, especially after his repeated stumbles with the press over the last few weeks as he responded to the dumpster fire in Afghanistan and it isn’t going to get easier when fall arrives and it becomes clear that he has failed to get COVID under control as he has repeatedly promised.
Following his stop in Louisiana, Biden made a beeline for the sanctuary of his Delaware home, where he will spend the long holiday weekend.
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