As LU noted on Tuesday, Joe Biden has been president now for 43 days, and he has yet to hold his first press conference. As a point of comparison, Donald Trump took questions from the media 28 days in, while Barack Obama held his first presser after only 21 days.
Biden’s lack of availability to the press was foreshadowed by his behavior during his campaign. He spent the bulk of his time in his basement bunker, and when he did interact with the media, it was fleeting — just long enough for him to answer compelling questions like what his favorite ice cream flavor was. (RELATED: Media growing impatient with Biden over his continuing refusal to answer questions)
Now that he’s the commander in chief, he seems not to understand that he works for the American people and is accountable to them — not the other way around. Consider his response to a parting question from the press following a COVID-19 briefing.
Reporter: Did you receive a briefing about the border threat?
Joe Biden: Yes, I did.
Reporter: What did you learn?
Biden: A lot.
That’s the kind of answer a child gives when asked what he learned in school that day. No doubt the reporter expected a detailed accounting of how the administration will be proceeding now that illegal aliens are streaming into the U.S. in unprecedented numbers daily.
Or take this revealing sequence, which occurred following a virtual event with the Democratic leadership. “I’m happy to take questions, if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” Biden announces, adding, “Whatever you want me to do.”
If that’s what he’s supposed to do? Whatever “Nance” wants him to do? Did he not receive his copy of the official commander-in-chief handbook, which is handed out to every new occupant of the Oval Office?
As the Washington Examiner notes, the video appears to have been truncated, which some observers are conjecturing maybe have been done deliberately by the White House to avoid further embarrassment. (RELATED: Biden debuts his new persona for dealing with troublesome media questions: Meet Mr. Snide)