In real time interviews, Biden is a major liability. Even in a softball network interview, he’s an unmitigated liar. No wonder it’s taken this long to schedule a presidential press conference.
President Joe Biden said a LOT on day 56 of his “largely gaffe-free” presidency.
On his electoral “win”: Biden admitted that his 2020 win was probably more popular with the people of Ireland than the people of the United States—a remark that appeared on live video and aired on Hannity Wednesday night, but did not appear in any official transcript.
- BIDEN: “My win for the presidency was more popular in Ireland than it was in the United States.”
On the immigration crisis: In his pre-recorded interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Biden at first tried to suggest the current border surge was nothing remarkable:
BIDEN: “First of all, there was a surge the last two years. In ’19 and ’20, there was a surge as well.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “This one might be worse.”
BIDEN: “No. Well, it could be.”
On whether he encouraged people to surge the border: Biden (and Stephanopoulos) scoffed at the idea that Biden had ever encouraged immigrants to come to the U.S. border. They’re half right: Biden didn’t just encourage them to come. He encouraged them to “surge” the border.
BIDEN: “First of all, the idea that Joe Biden said, ‘Come.’… I heard the other day that they’re coming because, you know, I’m a nice guy and I won’t do what Trump did.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “They’re saying this?”
Here’s Biden promising in 2019 that “I would in fact make sure… we immediately surge to the border all those people seeking asylum. They deserve to be heard. That’s who we are.)
Biden 2021: “I never said they should surge the border!”
Biden 2019: “Immediately surge the border!” pic.twitter.com/NcUj61YLYD
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 17, 2021
On Vladimir Putin: Russia erupted in mockery of Biden and recalled its ambassador to the United States after the president called their prime minister “a killer.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “So you know Vladimir Putin. You think he’s a killer?”
BIDEN: “Uh-huh. I do.”
Press secretary Jen Psaki had no further analysis in the afternoon presser. Asked, “Was he talking literally, or was he talking metaphorically?” she responded: “I don’t have anything more for you to provide analysis on that.”
On technical difficulties: Biden struggled through a virtual call with Ireland’s prime minister and finally admitted, “I’m having troubles here.”
- BIDEN: “Am I muted? Am I muted? Is it unmuted?… I’m having troubles here, okay?”
Bonus: Sarcastically smacking down reasonable questions is a daily pastime for Jen Psaki. Take last Wednesday’s gem:
REPORTER: “Is there a limit or a cap to the number of unaccompanied minors that are going to be allowed into the U.S.?”
PSAKI: “So should we send some kids, who are 10, back at a certain point? Is that what you’re asking me?”
REPORTER: “I’m not setting the policy here; I’m just asking you what the Biden administration’s policy is.”