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After a softball solo press conference on Thursday during which he repeatedly stumbled over his words and reportedly read from “cheat sheets,” President Joe Biden called a lid for the day.
The announcement came at 3:26 pm, a time so early — though certainly not unusual for a man dubbed “Sleepy Joe” — that the accusation emerged that the fairly easy, softball question-laden press conference had worn him out already.
“The White House just called a LID. That’s all Biden could handle for the day,” Amber Athey, an editor for The Spectator USA, opined on Twitter.
It certainly seemed that way.
The White House has called a lid. Have a nice afternoon and evening, everyone.
— White House Pool Reports (@WHPoolReport) March 25, 2021
The White House just called a LID. That’s all Biden could handle for the day.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) March 25, 2021
Athey’s thesis provoked a spate of mockery aimed at the president.
He’s gotta eat his mush and take a nappy
— Chris Hitchcock (@Chris_Hitchcock) March 25, 2021
Time for milk, cookies and a nap.
— steve lowe (@jslowe1949) March 25, 2021
Beijing Joe was up past his bed time.
— Sista Conservative (@DeniseDavies8) March 25, 2021
LID ” Liberals In Denial”
— John Beltner (@JBeltner) March 25, 2021
Make sure to tuck him in for his nap, kiss his forehead & tell him “sweet dreams”
And don’t worry. Everyone totally didn’t see that dumpster fire of a press conference today. You’re all going to be fine.
— Doc Brown (@doc_surfer) March 25, 2021
Trump did 5 rallies in 24 hours. Biden practiced for 65 days to read off of index cards for an hour and then took a nap.
— Meanderthal Moe (@RJGeezer) March 25, 2021
— Alejandra García (@AlejaGarxa) March 25, 2021
Keep in mind that 3:26 pm is earlier than some senior citizens eat dinner. Though again, it wasn’t unusual. Just this past Monday, the White House called a lid at 1:13 pm.
There is a catastrophe at the border, which impacts the entire country, and Joe Biden called a lid at 1:13 pm. It is Monday.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 22, 2021
After the presser, images emerged of apparent “cheat” sheets that Biden had used to guide his way through the event. Some of the sheets listed off facts, while others contained photos and names of journalists next to numbers.
Joe Biden had a cheat sheet with the names and faces marked of which journalists to call on, and he knew EXACTLY what questions would be asked of him.
That was not a press conference—that was a play put on by bad faith actors in a pseudo-democracy. pic.twitter.com/ee56Xcg63M
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 26, 2021
Biden’s cheat sheet pic.twitter.com/8vfl5BT2mC
— Morgan Stanly (@GEanalyst) March 26, 2021
The lid was called about an hour after former President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News to slam the Biden administration for its lack of transparency.
“There is none,” the former president bluntly said on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus.”
He added, “And, you know, I guess you’re supposed to have a press conference on Thursday. But the questions will all be softballs. … It’s ridiculous the questions that are asked. What did you have for dinner? What kind of ice cream do you have, as he walks out? They never talked to me that way. That’s OK.”
(Video: Fox News)
While the questions asked during Biden’s first solo press conference Thursday weren’t quite that soft, they were fairly close, with almost all of them being leading ones designed to promote the Democrat Party’s agenda.
“One of the defining challenges you face in the coming months is how to deliver on your promise to Americans on issues like immigration control, gun control, voting rights, climate change. All of those right now are facing stiff, united opposition from Republicans on Capitol Hill. How far are you willing to go to achieve those promises that you made to the American people?” one reporter asked.
The most sycophantic question came from PBS White House correspondent, frequent MSNBC contributor and known grievance monger Yamiche Alcindor, who framed the border crisis as a matter of “immigrants” coming to this country because of “the perception of you that got you elected as a moral, decent man.”
Biden just called on @Yamiche from his hand-picked list of reporters, who proceeded to ask one of the most embarrassing, partisan questions I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/BfsmwZksLH
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 25, 2021
Despite question after question after question — none of them from Fox News, predictably — that all appeared as biased and soft as the two cited above, Biden still felt it necessary to call a lid.
Amazingly, it all happened exactly as Fox News contributor John Cardillo predicted it would:
Psaki will handpick friendly reporters who’ll ask about dogs, ice cream, and video games, then the WH will call the game, call a lid, Biden’s presser will be done in minutes and the press will hail it as the greatest moment of government transparency in US history.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) March 25, 2021
Members of the press did indeed rush forward to lavish him with praise.
The Biden press conference is very reassuring that we can return to some sense of normalcy. Smart questions and smart answers.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) March 25, 2021
Joe Biden is doing an outstanding job in this press conference.
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) March 25, 2021
Biden Press Conference Review: Hour 1
✔️ Hasn’t praised Nazis.
✔️ Hasn’t praised Putin.
✔️ Hasn’t praised his own mental acuity by recalling the phrase Person Woman Man Camera TV.
✔️ Hasn’t gratuitously insulted anyone.
✔️ Hasn’t suggested injecting anything into the body.
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) March 25, 2021
I’m going to give Biden an A for that press conference. Excellent job. He was prepared, knowledgeable, nuanced, humane, strong, solution-oriented, accessible, warm and smart.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) March 25, 2021
My opinion — and a percentage of the country will inevitably disagree — is that Biden did an excellent job in this press conference. No real missteps. Clarity, command, competence. The entire team must be thrilled.
— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) March 25, 2021
Meanwhile over at The Washington Times, a non-left-wing outlet, Kelly Sadler portrayed things a tad differently.
“After the press conference ended, the Biden administration called a lid. It was all our commander in chief could handle for the day,” she wrote.
“The press conference didn’t break any big news — which Team Biden probably views as a success. Now they can tuck Mr. Biden into bed, and our foreign adversaries can come out to play, as he will be asleep for the next 18 hours. Elder abuse.”
Sounds about right …
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