President Joe Biden is no stranger to tiffs with the media. Not that anyone would know based on the television reporting that covers the current administration in a blanket of smooth excuses. Biden, however, doesn’t just seem to be able to field questions that aren’t scripted, and instead of turning the subject elsewhere, as many are apt to do, he goes for trying to invalidate the asker (if he doesn’t get lost on his way to the point).
In one of the most recent cases, Biden decided to chide a reporter who asked what many would have considered an entirely reasonable question about public policy while Biden was hosting the prime minister of Iraq at the White House just days ago.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was visiting our geriatric president in the Oval Office on Monday while Biden announced that the United States would put an end to combat missions in Iraq by the end of the year. As so often happens on momentous occasions, the president also took questions from the press that was present. And as also often happens, those snarky little reporters didn’t keep all their questions on the topic.
The journalists, the gateway to the American people, the purveyors of (hopefully) truth learned that day what they really mean to the leader of the free world, and it happened all while company ways over.
One of the reporters attempted to ask the president if the Department of Veterans Affairs would mandate that its doctors are vaccinated against COVID-19, to which Biden answered:
“You are such a pain in the neck, but I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other so long,” Biden responded. He added, “It has nothing to do with Iraq…Yes, Veteran Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all doctors working in their facilities are gonna have to be vaccinated.”
And Biden’s answer wasn’t an isolated incident. The president made headlines last week when he answered a different reporter after his return to the White House from a town hall event in a less than friendly manner.
The reporter asked Biden, “Can you clarify what you said about no — that there’s no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police?”
“I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party’s position,” he responded. “I’m the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House, and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not defunding the police.”
Finally, a reporter asked, “Okay. And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?
“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” he asked before walking away.
Biden, confusing, combative, and sometimes altogether destructive to the American public image, is once again burning bridges with the very group that has given him so much cover. Americans have long since given up on the dream of unbiased reporting. Many are acutely aware that the news coverage they receive will be slanted in some aggressive manner. But what they likely didn’t expect was for the same side to start in-fighting.
And while it seems like the left fighting with the left might be good news for conservatives (you know, divide and conquer and all that), it drives home the crippling reality that America has a president that’s not entirely in control of his mental faculties. Word salad abounds and even those who surround him to help him can’t control his outbursts. But … it’s all still better than Kamala.