After waiting longer than any president in more than 100 years, Joe Biden will finally take the podium in the White House press room today (his 64th day in office).
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Just a few dozen journalists from news outlets selected by the White House Correspondents’ Association will be on hand in the East Room, because of restrictions related to the pandemic.
Some of the issues that we hope ‘reporters’ will address are as follows:
American Rescue Act passed (full of pork for non-COVID malarkey)
Infrastructure Deal (how big? what’s in it? and what is this “human infrastructure” plan?)
Taxes (raising the corporate tax rate and forcing the “rich” to pay their “fair share”)
Two mass shootings (must be white supremacists, oh wait one’s a muslim and the other was a mentally ill sex addict; and time for gun control…)
Anti-Asian-American violence epidemic (must be white supremacists, oh wait, FBI says it’s mostly blacks? … and why doesn’t Biden have more Asian Americans in his cabinet?)
Immigration crisis (no crisis, Trump’s fault, oh wait they were driven by Dem policy promises)
Vaccination process going well (except Fauci is still fearmongering that there’s worse to come if we dare to lift our masks… and what about Florida? and what about teachers?)
China (that didn’t go well, following orders?)
Russia (Well Putin’s a “killer” so that doesn’t count… oh and they’re spreading anti-vaxx disinfo)
North Korea (meh…what’s a couple of ballistic missiles)
Iran… Syria… Afghanistan… Ukraine… (the list goes on)
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that Mr. Biden is “thinking about what he wants to say, what he wants to convey, where he can provide updates and looking forward to the opportunity to engage with a free press.”
But when Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked the president how he was preparing for the press conference, he replied “what press conference?”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 25, 2021
While this was played down as a comedic response, video suggests he was at least confused to start…
🇺🇸Опять Байден, опять фэйл. Теперь он забыл маску в папке для документов. Глядя на состояние американского президента, журналисты задали логичный вопрос: готов ли он к большой пресс-конференции, которая запланировала как раз на сегодня.
Байден ответил: ‘Какая пресс-конференция?’ pic.twitter.com/EogfarW4W3
— ★𝒌𝖗𝖔𝖙𝖗𝖚𝒔★ (@krotrus) March 25, 2021
Given that Biden’s handlers have desperately kept him away from reporters for two months, it will be interesting to see what on earth he comes out with when he can’t be pulled away from the cameras.
…the question is, will Biden be “circling back” with anyone?
Watch the press conference live here starting at 1315ET: