ANALYSIS – President Joe Biden finally held a press conference after an unprecedented 65 days in office without one. But, unlike every other President in modern history, this Commander-in-Chief needed crib notes and talking points to answer almost every foreign policy question presented to him. And those questions were mostly softball questions tossed at him by pre-selected friendly news outlets.
As various outlets reported, the 78-year-old Biden not only relied on notes and talking points to field questions, but he also had “a cheat sheet of all the reporters with numbered circles by the ones he was supposed to call on.”
— Brick Suit (@Brick_Suit) March 25, 2021
As noted by The Blaze:
The cheat sheet in question had the faces and names of White House reporters, as well as what news outlets they represented. The guide was organized to show where the reporters were sitting during the press conference. The reporters had numbers next to their faces, which many speculate apply to which reporters Biden was instructed to take questions from and in what order to take them.
Not only that, but Greg Kelly at Fox News reported that the White House press office asked that reporters submit their questions ahead of time for ‘approval’ for Biden’s first press conference. According to Kelly, White House press secretary Jen Psaki emailed reporters that she “will get back to you about whether or not your [question] was approved.”
MEMO FROM THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE: please submit to us your questions for @joebiden’s first press conference. @PressSec JEN PSAKI will get back to you about whether or not your questions was approved. Thank you “reporters”!!!
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) March 16, 2021
So, even with pre-approved questions, and pre-selected reporters asking softball questions, America’s Commander-in-Chief Joe Biden apparently still could not answer almost any foreign policy question without referring to his cheat sheets. This is unprecedented and extremely worrisome for the leader of the free world.
Veteran news journalist Chris Wallace emphasized this clearly when he said:
I was also struck by the fact that it seemed on every foreign policy question… [Joe Biden] went to his briefing book… and was reading obviously White House guidance, White House talking points. Covering Ronald Reagan for 6 years, I never saw that.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace: “I was also struck by the fact that it seemed on every foreign policy question… [Joe Biden] went to his briefing book… and was reading obviously White House guidance, White House talking points. Covering Ronald Reagan for 6 years, I never saw that.” pic.twitter.com/nZOcJw6Laa
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 25, 2021
Will President Biden need a cheat sheet during a military crisis with China, Russia, or North Korea? Is our Commander-in Chief capable of handling the tremendous weight of his office without relying on talking points and pre-approved questions?
These are serious and important questions that need to be asked, and answered – but not by a POTUS using notes.