Joe, You Need To Give Press Conferences - It's Part Of Your Job

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  1. Sharlee01 profile image89
    Sharlee01posted 3 years ago
    Biden has gone longer without facing extended questions from reporters than any of his 15 predecessors over the past 100 years.

    After more than 50 days in office, President Biden has yet to hold a solo press conference, separating him from over a dozen of his most recent predecessors.

    President Biden delivered his first prime time address on Thursday. He spoke about the country‚Äôs progress in defeating the coronavirus pandemic. Biden has been in office more than seven-week and not held a press conference. Joe has broken a record for the longest period a new president has gone without meeting with the press in the last 100 years--  reported the Washington Post.

    The White House said claims that the president will hold a press conference before the end of the month and justified his lengthy absence from the podium by saying he regularly takes questions from reporters in informal settings. This is just not true...

    She added that the president has been directing his "energy" and focus into getting Americans through the pandemic by getting shots in their arms and passing the American Rescue Plan.

    Biden has frustrated the White House Correspondents Association. President Zeke Miller told Vanity Fair last week that press conferences are "critical to informing the American people and holding an administration accountable."

    So, what's going on? Lot's of issues that need addressing, yet no access to our president.

    Do you feel press conferences are a big part of a president's Job?

    Are you curious as to why Biden has not had a press conference?

    Hopefully, you will share your thoughts on what I feel is Biden's clear reluctance to answer questions. … d=76341787 … index.html

    1. Kyler J Falk profile image87
      Kyler J Falkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Do I feel it is a big part of his job? Sure, so long as it is necessary to do so, it packs a punch, and he remains on-script until questions are asked.

      Am I curious why he hasn't had a press conference? Not really, I've always assumed his best tactic was to remain out of the spotlight. There are less chances for him to screw up, and it is more important he speaks only when it matters in this time of social unrest.

      1. Sharlee01 profile image89
        Sharlee01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I must laugh at your pure common sense logic. It's ultimately true the best bet is to keep him under wraps. There is no way to really know what he could say or do.

  2. Live to Learn profile image60
    Live to Learnposted 3 years ago

    Biden isn't taking questions because he is not in charge. Our executive branch is being run by committee.

    Thanks for nothing, democrats.

    1. Sharlee01 profile image89
      Sharlee01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it is becoming very clear Biden is being handled. And whoever is calling the shots is not about to let him answer questions or pretty much say anything.

  3. Valeant profile image82
    Valeantposted 3 years ago

    Biden's getting things accomplished.  He's well ahead of his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days.  Third stimulus passed.  It's infrastructure week for the 60th straight week since Trump tried once to do it, but threw a trumpertantrum five minutes into the meeting with Congressional leaders and that ended any further attempts. 

    Doing press conferences are definitely not part of the job description. 

    Can a president use the media to communicate to the American people?  Sure.  But Biden is doing that with his scripted addresses where he gets to talk about what he wants to talk about.

    We have all seen how an antagonistic branch of the media can take a line questioning down a rabbit hole.  In much the same way Trump would refuse to answer questions from media outlets that were antagonistic to him and instead just insult them.

    At least Biden's communication's team is holding daily briefings for the press. 

    And what is this, the seventh thread that aims to spread the conspiracy theory that Biden is not able to field questions from reporters?

    1. Sharlee01 profile image89
      Sharlee01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Not beating a dead horse. I don't intend to look the other way with this president, that's pretty much what the Democrats hope citizens will do. Not this citizen. He is a hot mess, that is clear. Just a matter of time before that ol' horse will be put out to pasture.

      My OP entirely is factual. No conspiracy. fact, Biden has not given a press conference in 54 days. I asked for thoughts, opinions no more.
      I must make an assumption about one thing you shared, and again my view only --- in regard to this statement  "Can a president use the media to communicate to the American people?  Sure.  But Biden is doing that with his scripted addresses where he gets to talk about what he wants to talk about."

      Scripted?  "Where he GETS to talk about what he wants to".  You said this, so it would well appear you are comfortable with the sentiment.

      What about what "WE THE PEOPLE" want to talk about?  The people that hired him.  Can you spell COMMUNISM? He works for us.

      Biden has accomplished nothing... He has done nothing but attempts to take credit for something Trump did. He has a mess at the border and cancels the pipeline.  He is told what to do, what to say, and most likely what to wear. The stimulus had nothing to do with Biden, he sighed it, and most likely someone had to guide his hand.

      I am aware of what Biden is doing, which is nothing. All smoke and mirrors.

      I noted you did not address my response in regard to Biden not really doing anything in regards to COCVID. So maybe I should offer it here due to you must have missed the facts I offered.

      Fact's it was the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed that set up a partnership with the vast majority of Vaccine distribution sites. OWS also set up a program that requested retired Dr. and Nurses to come out of retirement to help administer the vaccine. They set up partnerships with large hospitals, and clinics to administer the injections. And I have several times posted the contracts that OWS had with 8 Pharma companies for research and development and vaccine in the millions. (Pfizer is the only company that did not take funds for research and development, but a contract for millions of od doses of vaccine and the option to order millions more as Biden did thanks to that contract clause .) Biden has done little to nothing but depend on the contracts and partnerships, and programs Trump's OWS provided. And they did it long before Biden walked into the White House.

      The Department Of Health And Human Services Nov 12, 2020 … cines.html

      OWS intended to start roll pout of Vaccine in Jan 2021, which they started shortly before Biden was sworn in. In fact, Biden and Harris were vaccinated before he was sworn in. … evelopment … s/9561849/

      Biden has offered anything new to controlling COVID other than his
      wear a mask for 100 days ... which not sure he realizes we have been wearing masks for a year.

      Joe is doing nothing at all but taking. The Stimulus bills are due to Congress. The COVID progress is on OWS and the Trump ad. I would have more respect if he would not make such a fool out of himself making a feeble attempt to take credit for anything in regard to COVID.

      1. Valeant profile image82
        Valeantposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        'What about what "WE THE PEOPLE" want to talk about?  The people that hired him.  Can you spell COMMUNISM? He works for us.'

        You didn't hire him, you tried to hire someone else.  The people that hired him are fine with him not doing press conferences because his communication staff is doing a great job of keeping us informed about the plans of this administration.  I can spell FASCISM as well as you can spell COMMUNISM.  Stop crying because you aren't getting your way - that's what fascists do.

        And I have listed two major accomplishments already, including a major piece of legislation passed in under two months...that is far from smoke and mirrors.  You just want to deny reality that his administration is actually getting things done, as they were elected to do when Georgia gave the Dems the Senate majority.

        And saying Biden hasn't done anything new on the Covid front is a huge lie.  Providing funds for local and state governments to actually administer the vaccine is definitely something the previous administration resisted.  Biden is also revamping the supply-chain issues that were laid bare during Trump's term.

        'My OP entirely is factual. No conspiracy.'
        And it ends with this --> '...share your thoughts on what I feel is Biden's clear reluctance to answer questions.'

        That would be an opinion as there are plenty of reasons as stated earlier in your own post why Biden has not done a press conference - like coordinating vaccine distributions with states - something the Trump Administration completely left ambiguous and underfunded.  As well as getting a major piece of legislation passed to help with vaccine distribution, money for schools and colleges to get kids back into classrooms, and economic aid to individuals, airlines, and restaurants.

        In terms of Trump's approach to contracts, I agree with you that he made good moves in providing enough vaccines for all Americans.  Biden trying to claim credit is disingenuous on that front.

        But Trump also set a goal of 20 million people vaccinate by the end of 2020, but in having no coordination with, or funding for, state governments, only 2.6 million people had received the first shot. 

        In the five total weeks between shots beginning and Trump leaving office, only 13.5 million had received one shot before he left office.  By contrast, in the seven weeks since, 88 million people have received at least one shot under Biden.  He'll reach his goal in 60 days, not 100.

        1. Sharlee01 profile image89
          Sharlee01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

          "You didn't hire him, you tried to hire someone else.  The people that hired him are fine with him not doing press conferences because his communication staff is doing a great job of keeping us informed about the plans of this administration"

          I did not hire him. I wanted a problem solver. Not a guy that provided Obama with a sad does over. Like Obama, he will not address press questions.  Got it. If you watch his "communication staff " you might see they don't answer questions they give glib sentiments. And FASCISM goes hand and hand with COMMUNISM. In fact, Joe's dictatorship is proven by his attitude about not feeling he will follow precedent and give press conferences He pretty much set that tone when campaigning when the press would ask a question, and he would state  ---" I will answer after I win".  Hey, I knew at that point he was nothing but a used-up politician, that would be a puppet for his party. He was a poor senator, always around, but never accomplishing anything.

          He has accomplished nothing. That bill was the Congresses work. And COVID was Trump's accomplishment. This man is worthless to half the country. And it did not take long to recognize he can't handle a problem, only make them.

          Trump got the vaccine, and actually got Biden vaccinated in Jan. Trump had a few weeks to get the vaccine on hand out that was provided. he did it. And Joe is now reaping the rewards of the companies churning out the vaccine.  Trump used every drop of the vaccine the companies provided. from the first vaccine deliveries. Just a fact. And as I proved Trump's ad. left a great rollout plan. That was in place many months before he left office. Hopefully, you checked out my links that prove my statement.

          And Biden is right on schedule of getting out the vaccine --- Trump's schedule. LOL   Need a few more links? Actually, Trump's predictions on when we would have the vaccine as well as the rollout are on the money. And  Fauci claimed it could not be done.

          Biden's goal --- was what Trump had predicted way back in the Fall. Biden as always borrowed someone else's glory. Pitiful habit.

          Ya bet on a loser IMO.

          1. Valeant profile image82
            Valeantposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            So much denial - the plan was Congress'?  Biden has been saying he wanted a third stimulus since the campaign.  Yes, Congress has to pass it first, but saying it was just theirs is so false. 

            The difference between Biden and Trump in terms of vaccinations could not be more stark as I noted with the stats.

            Trump in five weeks - 13.5 million doses administered for 2.7 million/week average.

            Biden in seven weeks - 88 million doses administered for an average of 12.5 million/week average.

            You wanted a problem solver - look at those differences.

            This is the difference between electing someone who knows how government can work and between having someone who was clueless about how the government needs to function to help all the people.

            And you saying Biden's goal was Trump's goal was already disproven as I listed the two men's goals and how Biden is significantly ahead of his and Trump epically failed to reach his because he could not understand that coordination and funding of states was imperative. 

            And what kind of leader secretly gets his vaccination?  You'd think he'd want what's best for his constituents - that if he was getting it, he would want to shout it from the rooftops.  Instead, he kept letting his followers think the vaccine was dangerous while he, himself got it.  Another failure in a long line of failures of leadership from Trump on the issue.

            1. Sharlee01 profile image89
              Sharlee01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

              I was just pointing out the president Biden or former President Trump had anything to do with putting the Stimulus bills package together. Their only task is to sign it.

              Trump had the very first deliveries of the Pyzer vaccine, he used it all. Biden as I said now has several vaccines being quickly produced monthly, and these companies are living up to their contracts with OWS to provide millions of doses. The Biden Ad. has also ordered more doses that were also was stipulated could be done in the contracts.  Biden has done nothing on his own, he is relying on contracts for the vaccine, sites of delivery, and actually the program OWS set up to get shots in arms. I offered links to prove these facts. A bit ago I posted the pharma contract s on another thread...

              I guess you can believe what you please. I followed the facts. If Trump was president we would be at the same speed, all of OWS's plan is being followed to the letter... Biden is taking credit where it is not due. 

              I realize you feel that perhaps getting the vaccine publicly is good press. But who the hell cares about the good press, a politician looking for a photo op. I will be honest I did not know Trump even got the vaccine.

              I actually did not think he would, he had COVID, and has natural some immunity, and he always seemed to have no fear of COVID.

              1. Valeant profile image82
                Valeantposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                OWS' plans stopped after getting the vaccine to the states.  Those are definitely the facts.  Biden's Admin has done far more in coordinating with the boots on the ground, hence the drastic factual increases in efficiency in getting those vaccines into arms.

                And considering the lower numbers of the GOP willing to get the vaccine, Trump actually going public that he got it would be a help.  But that's not something he does, helps the good of the nation.  We have seen that over and over again.  Instead, the press discovered it two weeks ago, but his followers, as evidenced by you not knowing, don't pay attention to media critical of Trump, so they don't know as many actual facts - like a big one that Trump had gotten vaccinated back in January before leaving office.

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                1. Sharlee01 profile image89
                  Sharlee01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

                  I think the truth is the states did not handle the deliveries well. I do think the Federal Government did not see the problem coming. Now that OWS ironed out some of the problems, and is working better with the states the rollout is going very well.

                  I have no way of knowing if Trump supporters are getting the vaccine. I did. I can't imagine why Trump supporters would not get the vaccine. 
                  After all, I would think most give him credit for the vaccine. Could be their age. Trump has a lot of young supporters. They may not think they want to get the vaccine. Young-do well with COVID and the majority of the elderly most likely will get the vaccine. If they choose not to, they will need to realize they need to be responsible for their own well-being. The decision is one that each individual needs to make, and ultimately live with their decision. I agree with you Trump should step up and admit he was vaccinated.

                  1. Valeant profile image82
                    Valeantposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    Yes, things are working much better now that the government is coordinating with states.  Something to be thankful for.


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