Jen Psaki, White House press secretary just revealed that President Joe Biden taking impromptu questions from reporters “is not something we recommend”.
The admission happened while she was being interviewed by CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod on his podcast “The Axe Files,” and claimed that she, at times, even tells Biden to not take questions from reporters.
In previous reports, President Joe Biden was fielding his fourth question from a reporter after delivering remarks on the pandemic last week when he apologized to the press corps.
“Look, I’m sorry. This is the last question I’ll take,” Biden said. “I’m going to be in trouble.”
Psaki told CNN’s David Axelrod that the communications shop frowns on Biden’s willingness to engage with reporters who shout questions during Biden’s public appearances.
“That is not something we recommend,” Psaki said. “In fact, a lot of times we say `Don’t take questions.”
But, she conceded, “He’s going to do what he wants to do, because he’s the president of the United States.”
In an odd admission that the progressives know and understand there is something wrong with Biden, Axelrod praised the communications team for being able to manage the president so well that there’re no surprises from what he says to reporters. That’s a big unintentional tell.
“It seems to me that you guys have done a good job of managing that, because a lot of his interactions are speeches and settings in which you have a pretty good sense going in what he’s going to say,” Axelrod said.
In other words, so long as Biden knows the questions ahead of time and the answers are right in front of him on a teleprompter or written in a guidebook, all is fine. This man has the nuclear codes and we have to wonder who ties his shoes for him each morning.
“I think the thing that’s interesting is that he actually takes questions – I mean he took questions, I mean he did a mini press conference yesterday.
He takes questions nearly every day he’s out from the press,” Psaki responded. Today, he’ll make a potholder. Tomorrow, he’ll use two colours.
“That is not something we recommend, in fact, a lot of times we say, ‘Don’t take questions,’” she added.
I find it incredible that they talk about this stuff so openly. I guess they think that people like me aren’t going to watch and listen to their garbage so that you don’t have to; you’re welcome.
Psaki probably realized what she said and immediately followed up with a comment to make it appear that Biden is in full control.
“You know, but he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States,” she continued.
Psaki then said that the White House press corps is never satisfied and the Biden team tries to avoid distractions from the media so that they can stick to their agenda. In other words, Fox News’ Peter Doocy really pisses them off when he asks real questions. We know he is probably the only one in the room who isn’t fawning all over the Biden administration when he does his job.
“We’re never going to satisfy the White House press corps and their desires for access, and I think there have been mistakes made in the past of trying to do that. If you do a press conference, you know, every other week or once a week, that doesn’t really satisfy them, they’re going to push for more, that’s their job,” she said.
“What we’ve tried to do, which has also been maddening I know for the press corps at times, is kind of not get pulled in by distractions,” she added.
Psaki is verbally dancing around a minefield, trying to make it appear that they are acting professionally under normal circumstances when what they’re doing is trying to cover up for the president whose mind is full of mush.
She recently revealed that she’s leaving the job after one year. It has to be tough being the top person responsible for making a president who is suffering from cognitive decline look like he has all of his marbles.
On a new #AxeFiles, WH @PressSec Jen Psaki speaks candidly about the daily tug-and-pull with the media and the administration’s determination to avoid getting knocked off message. “We’re never going to satisfy the White House press corps.” pic.twitter.com/v6sFyiD5sw
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) May 6, 2021