So Joe Biden gave his first formal press conference today, 64 days into his presidency (a new record!).
It was, by my estimation, fairly disgraceful. There is so much to unpack here that I think I'll need to spread out my thoughts out in a few blogs.
Basically, he took 10 questions from a pre-determined list of reporters, despite there being 25 of them present in the room. He LITERALLY read names off of a list sitting on his lectern:
So who did Biden choose to call on? Let's take a look:
You'll notice here that Biden most definitely did not call on Peter Doocy, from Fox News, who has taken on the mantle of asking Biden difficult questions (you know, the ones journalists should be asking). It will be interesting to see if any of Peter Doocy's colleagues call out the Biden Administration for failing to call on him. I think you know the answer to that already, though.
The list of pre-approved reporters DID, however, include Kaitlin Collins, from CNN, who asked this humdinger of a question:
Yeah, everyone was waiting on baited breath as to whether or not, 64 days into his first term, Joe Biden was going to run for re-election three years from now. Well done.
Another reporter that was anointed worthy of a question was Yamiche Alcindor, from PBS, who didn't really ask a question insomuch as she urged Biden to end that "Jim Crow Relic", the filibuster:
Ahhhh yes, your PBS tax dollars at work. Thanks for your open activism, Ms. Alcindor. I'm sure that that Republicans are simply just "passing bill after bill, trying to restrict voting rights" and there is no other explanation for what state legislatures are doing. I'm sure it has nothing to do with election security and/or that "restricting voting rights" isn't just state's passing laws that require people to vote in-person, the way we have for centuries.
The "funniest" (see; saddest) moment of the press conference came when Biden seemed to completely forget whatever the hell he was trying to say and just went . . . blank:
I'm going to try and transcribe this for you, since I minored in "Dementia Speak" back in college :
The best way to get something done, if you, if you. . .hold near to you. . . .that you, uh . . . . . . um, like to be able uh. . . . . .anyway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I. . we're gonna get a lot done.
Real inspiring stuff.
The press conference lasted just over an hour and then, unprompted, Biden just said "I'm going" and left without taking any further questions:
There is much more to go through here, the media asked 0 questions about COVID, 0 questions about school re-openings, Biden said that he wouldn't allow media access to the border camps until they "got their processes in place", Biden cited the Democrats abuse of the filibuster in 2020 as evidence for why the filibuster must now be abolished, the list goes on and on.
Those issues will have to wait, however, because in the immortal words of Joseph R. Biden: "Folks, I'm leaving".
Happy Thursday, God Bless America.