Biden Repeatedly Suggests He's Taking Orders from ‘Them’
Democrat again implies he's told what to do by unidentified handlers
Democrat Joe Biden has yet again implied that he is taking orders from unidentified handlers operating behind the scenes.
On several occasions in recent weeks, Biden has suggested that "they" are telling him what to do.
According to Biden, "they" set the rules and determine when and where he’s allowed to take questions from the press, and who from.
The admissions are leading observers to ponder who is actually calling the shots in the White House.
The trend began in January with Biden’s first formal press conference after being sworn into office.
Following his remarks about his "Made in America" manufacturing initiative, a member of Biden's staff was heard calling on specific reporters to ask their questions to Biden.
The selection process for the press is something that was similarly done during the 2020 presidential election and the transition period.
However, Biden has since escalated the practice and has repeatedly suggested he’s not in the driver’s seat when it comes to handling the press.
"I’m not supposed to take any questions"
Biden declared Sunday he wasn’t "supposed to take any questions" during a visit to the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters as Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana.
"I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead," Biden said to a reporter before quickly changing his mind when he was asked about Afghanistan.
"I’m not gonna answer Afghanistan now," he said before turning his back to the press and walking away.
BIDEN AT FEMA:— Forbes (@Forbes) August 29, 2021
President Biden: "I'm not supposed to take any questions but go ahead."
Reporter: "Mr. President, on Afghanistan --"
President Biden: "I'm not going to answer Afghanistan now." pic.twitter.com/lHHnPcIafN
As Neon Nettle was first to report last week, Biden also raised eyebrows when he took questions from reporters for the first time since the Kabul terror attacks that left 11 Marines, one Army soldier, and a Navy corpsman dead.
While presidents have often relied on pre-set lists of reporters to call on at formal press conferences, his phrasing that he was "instructed" to choose a certain journalist drew attention.
"Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here," Biden said.
"The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O'Donnell from NBC."
Joe Biden says that he "was instructed to call on" specific reporters for questions.— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 26, 2021
Who is calling the shots here? pic.twitter.com/K24AH81g1L
"As usual… they gave me a list"
Biden was mocked for "saying the quiet part out loud" in June when he admitted at the outset of his press conference in Geneva he would only be calling on reporters from a prepared list.
"I’ll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on," Biden told the press following his anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Observers wondered whether the "they" Biden referred to was his communications team.
It's unclear whether Biden is trying to be folksy when he uses that kind of language.
BIDEN: "I'll take your questions and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I'm going to call on" pic.twitter.com/RdAks1RIdp— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 16, 2021
"I’m going to get in trouble"
Biden joked when taking questions at a press conference in June following the G-7 summit, claiming that his staff will be upset with him if he does not conduct the event as they wish.
Early on in the question-and-answer portion of the program, Biden was quick to inform reporters that he would operate strictly by the book.
"I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way," Biden said before calling on Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs.
"I'm really gonna be in trouble"
Biden also said he would be "in trouble" if he continued to take questions from reporters during a rare back-and-forth with the press in April.
After speaking about new federal health guidelines, Biden answered a few shouted questions from gathered reporters at the White House.
"I'm sorry," he said, after listening to questions about his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"This is the last question I'll take, and I'm really gonna be in trouble."
"I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do"
Biden’s unusual word choice when it comes to answering questions doesn’t only apply to the press.
The White House confused onlookers in March when it suddenly cut the feed of a virtual event after Biden said he was "happy to take questions" from Democratic lawmakers.
Accompanied by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the House Democratic Caucus, Biden addressed lawmakers.
He closed his remarks by calling on Democrats to help "restore faith" in government.
He then appeared ready to take questions.
"I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance," Biden told the speaker.
"Whatever you want me to do."
The feed ended seconds later, after a brief pause Democrat regime "leader" Biden.
BIDEN: "I'm happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do..."— The First (@TheFirstonTV) March 3, 2021
*White House feed cut* pic.twitter.com/y5BHhgXWOB