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With inflation now officially at its highest rate in nearly 40 years as Americans struggle to keep up with increasing costs, a prickly President Joe Biden didn’t take kindly to being put on the spot by NBC anchor Lester Holt over the grim economic news.
In an excerpt from an interview that will air during the Super Bowl pregame show on Sunday, the notoriously thin-skinned leader reacted to the newsman’s reminder that last summer he said that inflation would be temporary, yet another falsehood from the aging Democrat whose administration has set new standards for dishonesty and gaslighting.
Holt clearly irked Biden when he said, “I think a lot of Americans are wondering what your definition of temporary is.”
Biden shot back, “Well, you’re being a wise guy with me a little bit and I understand that’s your job,” another jab at a reporter from a man who called Peter Doocy of Fox News “a stupid son of a bitch” during a press conference last month.
Inflation had biggest spike since 1982.
NBC's Lester Holt: "Back in July you said inflation was going to be temporary… A lot of Americans are wondering what your definition is temporary is."
President Biden: "You're being a wise guy." pic.twitter.com/DWAdD9vfFp
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 11, 2022
Biden continued, “But look, at the time what happened was… the ah.. let’s look at the reason for the inflation, the reason for the inflation is the supply chains were cut off meaning that the products, for example automobiles, the lack of computer chips to be able to build those automobiles so they can function, they need those computer chips, they were not available” as he rambled on.
While Biden can blame the nation’s economic woes on computer chip shortages, it does nothing to address the staggering price increases of essential items, most importantly food, according to the latest stats from the Consumer Price Index which showed that January inflation was a whopping 7.5 percent over last January, the highest gain since 1982.
(Image: Bureau Of Labor Statistics)
Food costs were up .9 percent in January and 7 percent from a year ago according to the CPI along with housing and energy costs, the latter being up a stunning 27 percent as the damage from Biden’s assault on the domestic fossil fuels industry becomes increasingly obvious and Americans continue to be gouged at the pump.
According to a CNBC report: “That combination of higher food and housing prices “underlines our view that a rapid cyclical acceleration in inflation is underway and, with labor market conditions exceptionally tight, it is unlikely to abate any time soon,” wrote Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.”
Twitter users reacted to Biden’s snippiness.
I hate seeing President Biden seeming to be an angry old man, I really do. Does he really think legitimate journalists like Lester Holt of NBC should do nothing more then throw softballs? I am disappointed.
— Jack O'Donnell (@jackODspeaks) February 11, 2022
Biden couldn’t even handle a interview with Lester Holt. He snapped after being questioned about being wrong on inflation and called Holt a “wise guy”.
No wonder they keep this guy locked up.
— Real Defender🇺🇸 (@real_defender) February 11, 2022
Joe Biden literally called Lester Holt a “wise guy” for asking a tough question 😂😂😂 ya’ll just watch this NBC interview bc our president is a joke
— Kim K (@kkuethen) February 10, 2022
Joe Biden called Lester Holt of nbc a wise guy for asking a question about inflation. Wise guy, joe Biden can’t answer the tough questions that’s the problem. Biden is a disaster for this country and there’s no way out.
— Joey Joe (@Jocava327919) February 11, 2022
Lester Holt putting Joe in a blender on the nighty news…is NBC turning on their guy? #stop #bullying
— Hot Bobby (@bobbybouncepass) February 10, 2022
If the advance preview of Biden’s interview is any indication, the full version will be a four-alarm dumpster fire with another clip showing the POTUS attempting to defend his historic foreign policy debacle in Afghanistan, but he struggled to properly identify the country in yet another of the embarrassing stumbles that have marked the first year of his presidency.
Biden: "And there is no way we were ever going to unite Ukraine…I mean excuse me Iraq…Afghanistan." pic.twitter.com/QfZ67Hyp45
— Tommy Pigott (@TommyPigott) February 11, 2022
There is no amount of spin or snark that can obscure the fact that Biden and the Democrats are in big-time trouble with recent polls showing growing discontent with a man whose campaign promises that his decades in Washington made him better suited to run the country than former President Donald J. Trump. But he has proven to be just another inept career politician.
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