Biden builds reputation for showing up late to scheduled press events

President Joe Biden has gained a reputation for peppering his public remarks with gaffes and misstatements. As one Fox News writer recently noted, another emerging trend is causing headaches for White House reporters.

Lawrence Richard wrote that Biden’s apparent inability to adhere to a schedule has become another troubling feature of his administration.

“Waiting an hour or more”

The president showed up nearly 40 minutes late to an economy-related press conference on Wednesday, marking just the latest evidence of the trend.

“From June 1 through the end of last week, Biden was an average of 22.4 minutes late for his publicly scheduled events, according to a Fox News tally,” Richard added.

In fact, he has kept reporters “waiting an hour or more” in some cases — including one press conference in June for which the president arrived more than two and a half hours late.

“The month of August was particularly egregious,” Richard continued. “The president showed up an average of 34 minutes late for his events.”

Although politicians frequently run late for events due to a variety of unavoidable issues, Biden’s penchant for tardiness is particularly pronounced.

“I apologize for keeping you waiting”

The president was 42 minutes late for an event in August marking the two-year anniversary of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. He was even further behind schedule when he addressed Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander civil rights leaders alongside Vice President Kamala Harris.

Richard noted other examples, including a bill signing ceremony at the White House, a Democratic fundraising reception, and a forum on clean vehicle technology.

Although the White House offered no explanation for most of his late arrivals, Biden did address the hour-long delay of a signing ceremony in July.

“Let me begin by doing something no speaker should ever do — by apologizing,” he said at the time. “I got a little tied up in that other office I work in, Pat, and I apologize for keeping you waiting because I know you’re all as equally busy as I am.”

While it remains unclear why Biden has been late for so many other public events, his pattern of behavior is likely to contribute to growing concerns that he is not mentally fit for the job.

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