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Joe Biden’s Potemkin ‘Press Conference’

Posted on | March 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Joe Biden’s Potemkin ‘Press Conference’

Let us be clear: What Joe Biden did Thursday was a superficial simulacrum of an actual press conference, a performance stage-managed as carefully as a Wagner opera, intended for the sole purpose of creating the illusion that the elderly fool is not yet completely senile.

White House aides supplied Biden with a photo guide to the reporters, with certain reporters marked by numbers apparently indicating the planned order of pre-screened questions. Certainly, the journalists in the White House press corps are aware, as Conrad Black says, that “the whole occasion was a long-prepared set-up” — and apparently they’re OK with that, because the media was full of praise for Biden’s performance.

Of Biden’s “senior moments” Thursday, Tucker Carlson said:

You’ve heard the term “pregnant pause?” Joe Biden’s pauses were third-trimester quintuplets. These pauses were ready to burst.

Watch the clip:

“So the best way to get something done … if you, if you hold it near and dear to you that you, uh, um, like to be able to … well anyway … I’m … we’re gonna get a lot done.”

We could talk about the lies and smears Biden delivered, like claiming that Georgia’s new election-integrity law is worse than Jim Crow. And I’m like, “Are you freaking kidding me?” I’m a native of Georgia but, fortunately, was only in kindergarten and first grade when federal civil-rights legislation ended de jure segregation. That was roughly a decade after the Supreme Courty’s 1954 Brown v. Board ruling, so the great drama of the civil-rights era was basically over by the time I started second grade. The significance of it all was invisible to most of us kids at the time because our parents excluded us from whatever grown-up conversations they were having about these controversies. But the historical reality of Jim Crow — what it actually was — cannot be revised for the political benefit of Democrats. No honest person claims requiring that voters show ID before casting their ballot is worse than Jim Crow, but Joe Biden is not now, nor has he ever been, an honest person.

As Curtis Houck says at Newsbusters, it was a media “clown show.”

Dominic Green summarizes the pathetic spectacle:

The sorry theatrical display of Biden’s first press conference is an accurate image of what has happened to American democracy. A carefully limited number of carefully selected journalists asked carefully vetted questions. A carefully chosen president read carefully written answers off his cue cards, and carefully avoided taking any questions from Fox or Newsmax.
The White House is no longer the home of democracy. It’s a reality TV series in a care home. Biden mused about how the country has lost its way, about how it used to be so much better, but he seemed fatalistically feeble, as if it was all too much and all too late, and he has already given up. As if the nation is in its twilight years.
‘We’ve got so much more to do,’ he said, as he continually does. But he also ad-libbed, ‘I’ve never been able to plan three-and-a-half, four years ahead.’
How funny. How sadly reflective of the senility of American democracy that he thought that was a smart answer. How shamefully embarrassing for the compliant, complicit media that not one of his questioners bothered to ask whether an inability to plan for the future was what the American people need in their president — especially a 78-year-old who says he expects to run, if that is really the word, in 2024, when he will be 82.

(Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)



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