In his first 12 months in office, Joe Biden breaks a record of holding fewer news conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors at the equivalent point in their tenure.
The lack of public scrutiny is reflected in abysmal personal approval ratings that have sunk to levels never before seen by other recent Oval Office inhabitants.
According to figures compiled by the Associated Press (AP), Biden has done just 22 media interviews, fewer than any of his six most recent White House predecessors at the same mark in their respective presidencies.
The 46th president has held just nine formal news conferences — six solo and three jointly with visiting foreign leaders – drawing accusations that fleeing scrutiny shines a light on Biden’s inability to grasp the detail required for the highest office in the land.
A plurality of registered voters think President Joe Biden is not “mentally fit,” while only 40 percent believe he “is in good health,” a Politico/Morning Consult poll revealed Wednesday. https://t.co/mFcA4zNUAG
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 17, 2021
Ronald Reagan, whose schedule was scaled back early in his first term after he recovered after a failed assassination attempt, is the only recent president to hold fewer press conferences during his first year in office. Reagan did 59 interviews in 1981.
Former President Donald Trump did 92 interviews in his first year in office with a variety of outlets including lengthy sessions with ABC News, AP, the New York Times, and Reuters – to name a few.
AP reports Biden’s 22 media interviews have included one-on-one sessions with journalists at three of the major television networks, two CNN town halls, an appearance on MSNBC, a trio of regional television interviews via Zoom, as well as conversations with late night host Jimmy Fallon and ESPN’S Sage Steele.
He’s given just three print interviews.
The White House has fielded requests from media outlets — and complaints from the White House Correspondents’ Association — for Biden to be more accountable and do more one-on-one media exchanges.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejected accusations Biden has a bunker mentality, countering that journalists do not need an “embroidered cushion” to engage Biden because he has not shied away from taking questions on the run from reporters at public events.
Meanwhile, Biden’s gaffes keep mounting each and every time the American people hear his voice.
Not since FDR has the voting public been so out of the loop about the health of a current sitting president.
Author: Nolan Sheridan