WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 25: United States President Joe Biden answers questions during First News … [+]
On Thursday afternoon, President Joe Biden held his first individual press conference from the White House, his 64th day since taking office. While the President has answered and even interacted with reporters’ questions on previous occasions, this was the first press conference. In keeping with tradition, he took his first question from the Associated Press and answered a range of questions ranging from the state of the novel coronavirus pandemic to climate change and gun control to the situation on the southern border.
When asked, President Biden also announced that he would run for re-election in 2024, but added that he did not expect to look that far into the future.
Reactions to the press conference began to kick in when President Biden took the podium, and those reactions were as divided as the nation.
NBC’s Kate Snow (@tvkatesnow) wrote, “As a news event only … this is quite a press conference. So many headlines to choose from.”
“Normal, mature, detailed answers that President Biden has given so far during this press conference. What exactly did you expect?” noted @mmpadellan.
Media Matters for America editor Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) wrote, “Great, detailed 5-minute immigration answer.”
“Previous press conference in Biden: He’s fine. He touches a little, revolves around important messages, but sounds reasonable and beyond his mandate, and he managed 15 minutes without offending any of the journalists, which is a change from that last man represents. ” the well-known political analyst Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler).
@JRHorsting added, “When you think of the first Biden press conference on honesty and performance, it will be the first real press conference in over 4 years.”
“In 10 minutes, I’d say Biden is doing his press conference damn well,” wrote author Tom Ashbrook (@TomAshbrook).
While many viewed it as a solid first press conference, just as many called the president, who at times seemed to stumble and lose his train of thought.
Writer Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) wrote, “It’s a shame the Fact Checkers won’t be spending time correcting the taping of the lies from Joe Biden’s press conference.”
“This is not a press conference. This is a scripted reality television show. #Bidenpressconference,” wrote conservative expert Todd Starnes (@toddstarnes).
The conservative strategist Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) gave a clear assessment of the press conference. He wrote, “Now we all know why Joe Biden didn’t hold a press conference. It’s so hard to see. Back to the basement, Joe!”
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) wrote: “President Biden begins his first press conference by announcing the rate of vaccines being administered, a foot made possible solely by President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. “
“Joe Biden is reading from a notebook with Democratic talking points. Notice he reads from a notebook like a press officer,” said lawyer and author Leo Terrell (@TheLeoTerrell).
Some of the criticism was not even directed at the president but at the media for reporting the event.
“The media treat Joe Biden’s first press conference like the state of the Union or some kind of landmark speech. It’s a press conference. How pathetic,” wrote Newsmax’s Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson).
Scott Dworkin (@funder) of The Democratic Coalition threw a shot over the Conservatives’ bow: “Republicans are already angry about President Biden’s press conference. They just aren’t sure yet what. But they’re ready to be super insane too be. “”
Many also found humor in the event, and that included Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) who wrote, “Biden’s first press conference is today. I would tell him to break his leg, but I’m afraid he is.” I would take it literally. “
Various memes were also posted and made the rounds on Twitter.
The official Twitter account for The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) replied to former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer calling out Biden. “You are right, a president should attend a press conference the same way America should attend Iraq: with an absolutely zero plan.”