For all of the media’s criticisms and acrimonious relationship with former President Donald Trump, few would legitimately argue that he wasn’t one the most press-accessible presidents in our nation’s history.
The same can most certainly not be said for President Joe Biden, who has yet to hold a formal press conference since taking office — or field more than a couple likely scripted questions at a time. Biden turned down yet another golden opportunity to do such on Friday, The Post Millennial reported.
The increasingly noticeable manner in which Biden has avoided answering any serious questions has become such that even some of the president’s obvious supporters in the media are growing frustrated by the lack of access they apparently took for granted during the prior administration.
Sorry, folks, no questions today
President Biden delivered a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday afternoon to tout the passage of the”American Rescue Plan,” the $1.9 trillion spending package billed as coronavirus pandemic relief that, for the most part, is anything but.
At the conclusion of his remarks, Biden thanked everyone in attendance and intimated that he’d love to stay longer and chat and “shake hands,” but was unable to do so on this particular occasion.
And with that, Biden — flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — turned his back on the small crowd, which included the White House press corps, and retreated back inside the White House.
Curtis Houck, the managing editor of the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters, tweeted, “Another day, another Biden event, another instance of the Biden administration keeping the President from having to answer questions from reporters.” Watch below:
Another day, another Biden event, another instance of the Biden administration keeping the President from having to answer questions from reporters pic.twitter.com/GQhGKrAKJO
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 12, 2021
Even the NBC News anchor who commented at the tail end of the clip shared by Houck seemed a bit deflated and disappointed as he remarked, “I don’t think the president is going to take any questions.”
Longest stretch of no press conferences in modern history
Fox News reported that, as of Saturday, Biden has now avoided holding a formal press conference for more than 50 days since taking office, the longest such stretch for a new president in at least 100 years.
Biden’s noticeable avoidance of the press has even begun to elicit frustrations from liberal media outlets like The Washington Post and others that are typically reluctant to criticize anything Biden does, and appears to be fomenting a growing pushback from members of the White House Correspondents Association.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has defended her boss’s avoidance of a press conference and argued that the occasional question taken and answered following other events should suffice, However, she did promise that he will hold an official press conference before the end of March … so we’ll see if that happens.