Why do Biden’s handlers have him back in the basement?


It’s sure looking like President Biden’s handlers are protecting him from the press. Wednesday, he joined a virtual House Democratic Caucus event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, delivered some 10 minutes of some prepared remarks and then invited questions — at which point his microphone and camera feed got cut off. Yes, he seemed a bit confused about the agenda, saying, “So I want to thank you all. I really mean it . . . I want to thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” and then: “And I’m happy to take questions if that’s what you — I’m supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do.” That’s when his outgoing stream switched to a “Thank you for joining” screen. Whoever rushed to cut the president off was doing him no favors, but rather inviting questions about when, if ever, he’ll do a public give-and-take that allows for truly challenging questions. Biden has already gone longer than any president in a century without holding a solo press conference. The 15 prior chief executives held a solo press conference within 33 days of taking office, according to a CNN analysis of data from the American Presidency Project.

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