The cognitive decline gripping President Joe Biden has become impossible for just about anyone to ignore, and in an effort to keep him away from situations likely to expose how bad things truly are, the White House this week stopped the commander in chief from talking to reporters about one of his administration’s most significant initiatives, as Breitbart reports.
Though the Biden administration Monday launched an awareness campaign to tout the expanded child tax credit designed to pay monthly installments to qualifying families starting in July, sending Vice President Kamala Harris to Pittsburgh as part of the effort, the president himself was nowhere to be found, with nothing on his schedule to indicate plans to discuss the topic with reporters.
Rather, the only item on the president’s schedule for the day was a meeting with a group of financial regulators that was not even open to members of the press.
While it may seem surprising that Biden would be so absent amid the rollout of one of his administration signature programs, bumbling performances in recent days may have forced the hand of advisers who now realize how precarious – and indeed risky – his public appearances really are.
Just last week, following his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden strayed from the pre-written list of approved reporters and took a question from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, an exchange which devolved quickly into anger from the commander in chief and required something of a subsequent apology.
Last month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki made the jarring admission that the concept of Biden accepting questions from the press beyond the structure of a formal, pre-arranged press conference “is not something we recommend,” as the New York Post reported, a clear indication of just how fearful administration staffers are about what might be revealed if the president was allowed to go unscripted.
Biden, for his part, has made little secret of the extremely tight control under which his White House handlers keep him, often remarking in front of journalists that he will “get in trouble” if he veers away from the specific list of topics he is permitted to address and the roster of outlets to which he may speak.
Though most members of the mainstream media continue to provide unquestioning cover for Biden’s glaring frailties, Jeff Zeleny of CNN felt compelled to comment on the strange atmosphere in which reporters are forced to operate, saying Wednesday, “What we have not seen him do is answer questions…without his aides screaming at him to stop. I have never seen a president, covering the last four of them, who is so protected by his aides in terms of not wanting to answer some questions.”
Just how long the White House and the press will be able to keep Biden in the shadows in an attempt to conceal the actual state of his faculties remains to be seen, but when contrasted with the unprecedented media access granted by his predecessor in office, the difference is stark, indeed.