President Joe Biden called Fox News Channel correspondent Peter Doocy this week to apologize for an embarrassing hot-mic slip-up.
During a press conference, the president fielded an inflation-related question from Doocy and then appeared to refer to him as a “stupid son of a b****” under his breath.
“It’s a great asset, more inflation”
Monday’s outburst seemed to further expose the chasm between his campaign pledges of unity and the reality of his administration.
Biden clearly did not appreciate the Fox News reporter’s question about whether inflation would be a “political liability” in the run-up to the midterm election.
The president sarcastically replied that “it’s a great asset, more inflation,” before muttering: “Stupid son of a b****.”
Biden caught on hot mic calling Peter Doocy a “stupid son-of-a-bitch” when he asked a question about inflation pic.twitter.com/sA4dDIKTn1
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 24, 2022
Doocy subsequently confirmed that Biden called him to clear the air. According to the White House correspondent, Biden assured him that the derogatory response was “nothing personal.”
“Everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity”
It is true that the president has long faced accusations of reacting harshly or otherwise snapping at reporters who ask potentially challenging questions. Such behavior has only led to more speculation about his cognitive abilities. After this week’s hot-mic moment, some are noting the apparent hypocrisy in Biden’s stance on his then-rival in the 2020 presidential election.
“While many presidents have been unhappy with their media coverage, only Donald Trump has attacked the independence of journalists and launched an all-out assault on the media,” he said at the time.
Biden began his presidency by touting his stern policy requiring his staff to treat others with respect, stating: “Everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity.”
Over the course of his first year in office, however, he has become increasingly snappy and divisive, even framing critics of his agenda as siding with Confederate leaders and segregationists. Meanwhile, his approval rating continues to hit new lows as he preemptively sows doubt among Americans about the legitimacy of the upcoming elections.
Although he has expressed a desire to seek re-election in 2024, doubts about his ability to fulfill the duties of the office have apparently sparked a search for his successor.