Once again, bizarre images of President Joe Biden speaking from a fake “White House” consisting of a set constructed in an auditorium space within the Old Executive Office Building emerged this week, sending social media observers into a frenzy of bemusement and mockery, as Fox News reports.
The first time Biden publicly appeared publicly in the phony setting was in late September, when he made a grand show of receiving his Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, and while the odd surroundings were noted by some at the time, the mockery of the ersatz construct ramped up considerably after remarks made there on Wednesday.
During a meeting with business leaders in which he proclaimed the importance of raising the fedearl debt ceiling, Biden sat at a desk positioned in front of a digital projection of Rose Garden beds in full bloom out of a false window, as the New York Post noted.
This afternoon, I held a meeting with business leaders on the need to raise the debt ceiling. We discussed the urgency of this moment and the devastating impact it could have on Americans’ pocketbooks. pic.twitter.com/IT6YlFDNro
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 6, 2021
Considering the voluminous meeting space options contained within the White House itself, it was not surprising that observant users of social media quickly took to their preferred platforms to point out the perplexing nature of these appearances.
Abigail Marone, press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) noted the exceedingly strange arrangement and tweeted, “Why did the White House build a literal game show set complete with fake windows for Joe Biden??? So weird.”
Journalist Kimberly Morin also tweeted in amused confusion, “Do they not allow him in the actual White House?” and Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec succinctly labeled the scenario the “Truman Show Presidency,” referencing the 1998 Jim Carrey film depicting a life unknowingly lived entirely on a television set surrounded by actors.
Former Trump advisor Stephen Miller suggested there was a more strategic – and perhaps alarming – reason for the president’s faux meeting space, saying, “The reason Biden uses this bizarre virtual set for televised meetings…is because it allows him to read a script directly from a face-on monitor (& w/out teleprompter glass that can be seen on camera), as Fox News added.
The reasons cited by Miller combined with the fact that it is likely much easier on set – as opposed to say, the Oval Office – to keep curious reporters asking difficult questions at bay make it clear that Biden’s handlers are carefully stage managing all potentially cringeworthy appearances, even if it means turning the White House into the theater of the absurd.