In a rare moment when President Joe Biden actually accepted questions from the American people, he ended up making a very honest admission in response to a particularly innocuous question on Thursday.
Perhaps this is what his handlers have been working hard to avoid since Biden took the White House, but none the less, it offered some much-needed clarity on the real question on a lot of Americans’ minds.
Biden was spending some time in a crowd outside the White House engaging with the public, when he appeared to be open about how his entire presidency to date has been dictated by his staff. It was all caught on camera by an onlooker with a phone filming the interaction, in a video that’s now gone viral across the Internet.
“The one thing I thought when I got to be president — I’d get to give orders,” the 80-year-old president said.
“But I take more orders than I ever did,” he added.
Americans’ reluctance to see Biden seek a second term makes this for the ailing president more and more obvious. Despite his Tuesday reelection announcement, a recent poll indicated that, according to 70% of respondents, Biden should not seek a second term, the Daily Mail reported.
BIDEN: “The one thing I thought when I got to be President, I’d get to give orders, but I take more orders than I ever did.”
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— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) April 27, 2023
Biden was seen carrying a postcard cheat sheet for fielding inquiries from media on Wednesday.
The postcard listed the people President Biden would contact for inquiries that had been authorized in advance by White House personnel, according to The New York Post.
A question from Los Angeles Times reporter Courtney Subramanian read, “How are YOU squaring YOUR domestic priorities — like reshoring semiconductors manufacturing — with alliance-based foreign policy?”
To prevent Biden from speaking before his turn, another section of the cheat sheet listed the administration officials and the order in which they would speak.
Biden is once again demonstrating his advanced age and confirming what many Americans already believed about the octogenarian: someone else is in charge.