The press has been complaining for a while that the new President has not made a standup formal appearance before their political firing squad….
President’s instantly do NOT like the media….
Except for Donald Trump’s love of attention ?
They do not relish the questioning that IS designed to showcase some in the media with the ‘gotcha’ question and to get presidents ‘on the record’ on policy….Biden likes talking to anyone…But he’s the President now….And he has enjoyed very good polling numbers by limiting gaffs…
He goes into the lions den today….
The session will generate good media days afterwards and headache’s for Biden’s people…
The good thing for Biden IS that most Americans will cut him more slack than the media …..
He did hold a CNN town hall and has sat for a handful of one-on-one interviews, including one last week with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos that seemed like a test run for the news conference. Biden also occasionally stops before or after a flight on Air Force One to answer a few questions.
But Thursday’s event will be different, with reporters from various outlets posing questions for an extended period. Biden has been known to lash out when his fitness or motives are questioned.
“It’ll be interesting to see if he’s more disciplined, or the settings have allowed him to be more disciplined,” said one former Biden adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity to offer a candid assessment. “Candor is an absolute blessing. … It comes with the occasional cleanup job and needed clarifications, but it’s also what people love about him.”
Over his decades of public life, Biden has generally seemed to enjoy the give-and-take with reporters. But his press handlers enjoy them less and often try to shut them down as quickly as possible.
It’s a long-running joke among Biden advisers how hard he can be to control. His time as a senator yielded endless jokes about his loquaciousness, his gaffes and the perils of coming between him and a TV camera.
But after nine weeks, White House advisers concluded they could not put off Biden’s first news conference any longer.
“From the White House’s point of view, it’s a necessary chore,” McCurry said. “There’s always potential to get something wrong or create a gaffe. But on balance presidents fuss and fume about doing them, and then when they come off, they say, ‘Well, that went better than I thought!’ ”….