You might not remember this since the White House press corps was so cozy with President Biden’s former boss Barack Obama, but there was actually quite a commotion among journalists about the lack of transparency from the Obama administration. A panel from the White House Correspondents Association said in 2014 that the Obama White House was the worst in terms of access that they’d seen.
It took Obama 20 days to hold his first press conference as president and Donald Trump 27. But Biden is blasting past all contenders and the media can’t pretend not to notice anymore.
.@Kevinliptakcnn notes that an analysis of the past 100 years shows President Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office. Biden has not and it’s day 42.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 3, 2021
Do they consider it a “solo” press conference if Kamala Harris is hovering in the background like a hawk?
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) March 3, 2021
Historic! Apologies, however, for giving more air to the alleged "fake scandal" of Biden's lack of public appearances on the campaign trail. I recall many reporters telling me voters simply don't care about his lack of availability, so neither should you.https://t.co/6dor8kA7Uz
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) March 3, 2021
We’ll save you the agony of going through Jake Tapper’s comments and reading all of the people saying, “Well, they weren’t working hard dealing with a pandemic.” But wouldn’t a pandemic be a good reason to hold press conferences?
He’s a hologram. Commence the Simulator. pic.twitter.com/QV6MPVr1UG
— Don Fuego (@Megamaniak16) March 3, 2021
He had a town hall
— Chris (@Chris_L_HP) March 3, 2021
He did have a townhall, pendejo.
— One Day Things Will Get Better…. (@Imkindofsad1978) March 3, 2021
With pre-screened questions from an invitation-only audience, along with CNN’s Anderson Cooper to cover for any screw-ups.
Having @JoeBiden do a press conference would be a national threat to our security. We are safer with his ineptitude safely hidden.
— Conservative & Free (@FreeConserve) March 3, 2021
You don’t want that guy doing PCs. If our enemies see that we’re fucked. Stick him in the basement IMHO
— Nolan Bruins Szn (@SmackWorks) March 3, 2021
They are so proud of their candidate, they just don’t want him… opening his mouth in public.
— ??TheParanoidAssassin?? (@theparanoidass) March 3, 2021
We all know he can't do a traditional press conference without scripting and having the questions in advance.
— Known Associate ??? (@AudreyElect) March 3, 2021
42 days. Zero press conferences. It’s almost like they are hiding something.
— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) March 3, 2021
They’re hiding the fact that we have a president in name only and that the actual person in charge is someone so unlikable she couldn’t even win a single state in her own party’s primaries.
— Harold (@Nikk1066) March 3, 2021
We have no President.
— Matthew Kolken (@mkolken) March 3, 2021
It really does feel like that sometimes … like Biden is still riding that president-elect title.
— Brooks Sherrill?? (@Brooks823) March 3, 2021
Let's be honest, it's a good strategy
— F A (@007Fadi) March 3, 2021
— C (@DMVnativeChris) March 3, 2021
He’s not calling the shots so
— G Chief (@CTMike3) March 3, 2021
They have drawn a curtain to hide the Wizard. Not to hide the fact that he is pulling the strings, but that he is not pulling the strings.
— Peter Kolding (@pkolding) March 3, 2021
When can we expect this year’s State of the Union address? pic.twitter.com/LCZsvJhI62
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@hungaryjake) March 3, 2021
Yeah where is the State of the Union address?
— Molly Jaillet ?? (@pgslvsuni) March 3, 2021
It had been tentatively scheduled for February 23, but then Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke up and said an address to a joint session of Congress wouldn’t be happening until a COVID deal had been reached.
Takes time to develop a decoder ring to understand what he says. Give them a break! it's a bigger challenge than developing a vaccine in less than a year.
— Matthew Snowden (@Msnowden01) March 3, 2021
Hmmmmmm, wonder what it is. Jen should be asked every single day.
— Anthony Chromehounds (@IzedDemon) March 3, 2021
A lot of Biden fans are pointing to Jen Psaki’s press briefings as proof of something … but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Biden’s setting a record and there doesn’t appear to be anything compelling him to hold a press conference.
Man, is Tapper in trouble with his followers for even bringing it up. “He’s busy working, Jake? Who cares?” We’d bet media hall monitors Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter would care if it weren’t Biden.
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 3, 2021
Nancy Pelosi says not to expect any form of a State of the Union address from President Biden until the COVID bill is done https://t.co/3TabODY1Av
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 25, 2021