Michael Reagan: press conference what we expected | Columnists
Joe Biden did not disappoint me.
At his press conference last week, he was the same weird old man with the same predictable old excuses for one of the most unhappy presidential years in history.
The liberal media reporters did not disappoint me. I knew they’d ask a bunch of friendly questions about things most Americans don’t care about — and they did.
However, those who let me down during this week’s endless Q&A session with the cognitively impaired leader of the free world were the conservative reporters at Fox News and Newsmax.
Normally, you can count on Fox News’ Peter Doocy and Newsmax’s James Rosen to play a little tough — to ask Biden the tough questions.
We know the liberal reporters at the White House pool will never grill Biden on any of the ongoing national disasters he created or made worse – runaway inflation, a permanent invasion of illegal immigrants on our southern border. and the crime wave sweeping our cities come to mind. .
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So what tough question did Doocy ask Biden?
“Why are you trying so hard in your first year to pull the country so far to the left?”
That softball produced a laugh from Biden, who then recounted fake middle-of-the-road accomplishments for the working class that were meant to prove he was not a Bernie Sanders socialist but a mainstream Democrat.
That was it for Doocy. It was his one and only chance. Unlike many other reporters, he received no follow-up questions, so as far as conservatives go, he might as well have worked for CNN.
As for Newsmax’s Rosen, he asked Biden “why do you think such large segments of the American electorate have come to harbor such deep concerns about your cognitive fitness.”
“I have no idea,” said the president who quickly moved on to taking more softballs, which he responded with pat and clearly written answers for him.
Biden has not apologized for the Afghanistan blunder or the $4 gas or any of his other fiascos or mistakes. He took no responsibility for anything, said everything was fine and everyone would be better off if Senate Republicans only passed his massive spending bills.
The only real news he made was when he said a small Russian incursion into Ukraine might be okay and that the 2022 midterm elections “could easily be illegitimate” because Republicans were blocking federal election reforms.
Both blunders were rebuffed by Biden’s guards about 30 seconds after leaving the podium.
Biden’s rare press conference was an embarrassment for him. It was too long, too sad, and too boring for most people to watch. It would have been much better if a real journalist had asked Biden one of these questions:
Mr President, nearly a million Americans have died of covid in two years. Do you still trust the vaccine, Dr. Fauci and the CDC to bring the virus under control?
Mr. President, you keep saying this is a non-vaccine pandemic and they’re mostly Republicans and Trump supporters. How can you say that when blacks and Latinos are the least vaccinated ethnicities?
This week, the UK government said that with the threat of the omicron variant rapidly diminishing, it was ending all mask mandates and vaccine passports. Will America follow?
Mr. President, what do you think of the crime wave in the country and what are you going to ask the Ministry of Justice to do to help cities fight it?
Mr President, inflation is skyrocketing. High gas and food prices hurt the poor and the middle class. The supply chain is blocked. Many grocery shelves are empty. Some say your policies are responsible. What are you saying?
But at the end of the day, these questions and a dozen other tough questions were never asked.
Even Doocy and Rosen played a softball game with the president on Wednesday afternoon — T-ball, really. And like their Liberal colleagues, they withdrew.
Michael Reagan is a columnist for the Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.