President Joe Biden therefore has his first press conference as president last week, more than 60 days after becoming president.
And the very first thing the White House press corps did was, of course, display their lack of curiosity as to why this was so. Not to mention the claim that nothing extraordinary was going on.
Where to start?
Washington’s free beacon headlined the press conference performance this way: “WATCH: Biden makes his way through WH’s first press conference. ”
Examiner started their story this way:
“President Joe Biden struggled in his first official press conference on Thursday, stopping frequently to check his notes on the podium and sometimes losing track of his thoughts as if distracted by the voices echoing madly in his. geriatric brain.
As The New York Post highlighted here Biden used “cheat sheets” to get through his presser. As the photographs show, this included a photo guide for journalists with the photos of the journalists he was to call circled.
Biden had also printed cards with notes he could refer to. A close-up photo captures the president with cards in hand, the top one starting this way, bold in the original:
* The United States now ranks
13th in the world in infrastructure quality / down from 5th place in 2002.
Note: Despite the note card saying the US ranked 13th in the world, Biden blew it up and said he was 85th … then corrected himself. And so on the list on this one card. There were apparently also notes “kept in a three-ring binder.”
The press conference lasted 62 minutes with only 10 questions asked. The post office noted this:
… The president seemed to lose his train of thought on several occasions, forgetting the questions and asking reporters if they wanted him to give detailed answers.
In all fairness, as Fox News noted:
The use of correspondence cards is not without precedent during press conferences. In November 2019, Trump held a notebook with handwritten prompts at a press conference on testimony given at his first impeachment hearing.
The real underlying issue here is Biden’s repeated appearance of fragility and confusion, an issue highlighted when the president recently fell not once but three times while climbing the steps of Air Force One. Part of the same problem is, as Fox’s Sean Hannity has often said, Biden’s apparent “cognitive struggles”.
Remember, Biden is the president whose campaign kept him hiding in his Delaware basement for most of the campaign. Here is Hannity making his point this fox title:
Sean Hannity explains why Biden’s downfall, cognitive struggles are a ‘nightmare scenario’
‘It’s a national security issue,’ Fox News host told viewers
Sean said this in his opening monologue:
Honestly, I watched this. It was sad. You almost must feel sorry for Joe Biden. From what we can clearly observe today almost daily, he is clearly not doing well. He was not doing well in the countryside. And what is frightening is that it is now a national security issue.
Because it’s not just Sean Hannity making an observation that Joe Biden is actually weak, frail, and cognitively struggling. Guess what? More than half of the country agrees with me. The whole world can see what we see every day, including hostile regimes, hostile actors, and enemies of America.
Also, it was press conference time – 1:15 p.m. Yes, there are a lot of presidents who have had midday presses. One of the most memorable and repeated events of the Trump era was the President, going to or from his helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House, stopping in front of the assembled press scrum to wage a battle verbal.
The difference here is that, as Hannity and many other comments from multiple others make clear, there is considerable skepticism about Biden’s physical and mental health. The impression is well there that Biden’s staff are shielding him from the events of the evening.
The late Rush Limbaugh described the concern in September 2020 during the fall campaign. Here’s Rush from a September 2020 show. Said Rush:
You saw him with family members with dementia. As the day wore on, the afternoon dragged on later, and then passed into the evening, one could see a noticeable deterioration in the mental acuity of the family member who had dementia or dementia. ‘Alzheimer’s. I know people who have seen it with their own parents and grandparents.
Texas Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson also has concerns. Jackson is a doctor, and not just any doctor. Jackson, a Navy Rear Admiral, served as the White House medic for three presidents – Bush 43, Obama, and Trump. Of Washington Examiner is this a recent tweet from Jackson: “Former White House doctor says “something is wrong” with Biden’s health. ”
The story had posted Jackson’s tweet about Biden’s fall on the steps, as Biden’s much-delayed press conference approached. Says Dr. Jackson:
I was a doctor in the White House under THREE presidents. I saw what it takes physically AND mentally to do the job. I can tell you now that the way Biden hides himself from the public is a MAJOR red flag. Something is wrong!
It only takes seconds to find story after story with discussions and speculation about Biden’s physical and mental frailties.
The White House press corps isn’t full of stupid people. They are most certainly aware of all of this, not to mention that they are literally in the White House every day and can see this physical and mental fragility up close.
To be clear here, I am not a doctor. Even less Joe Biden’s doctor. But I am a son who had to deal with aging parents, now gone, who struggled with exactly this problem and I saw it up close.
This is a media column, not a medical column. But it’s precisely because the topic is the White House press corps and their closeness to President Biden that it completely baffles why no one – no one – has stepped up to ask Biden about it. Why cue cards? Why the notebook? Will he be holding prime-time press conferences?
There does not appear to be any member of the mainstream media in the White House press corps who has the slightest curiosity about what is clearly seen.
But do not worry. As seen here on the left The Washington MonthlyBiden’s stumbling and cheating performance receives rave reviews: “Biden’s press conference showed a focused president. ”
Uh-huh. Congressman Jackson is absolutely right when he says; “Something is wrong!” Admiral doctor turned congressman is absolutely right. Other than Joe Biden, something is wrong with the mainstream liberal media.
It’s called a lack of curiosity.