President Joe Biden just can’t seem to stop making cryptic references to being controlled by others in his administration.
In his latest bizarre reference to being coached on how to interact with the public, Biden said he was “supposed to” leave the room after a Labor Day speech, Fox News reported.
Biden drops another weird comment
The president concluded his remarks by noting that he was “supposed to stop and walk out of the room,” but said he would stay behind to gab anyway.
The comment elicited laughter from the crowd, though whether in earnest or from nerves is unclear.
While Biden often does just fine with prepared speeches, he has been known to freeze up while answering basic questions — and this is hardly the first time Biden has suggested that his subordinates are actually superiors who keep him on a tight leash.
He has commented more than once about “getting in trouble” by talking too freely with journalists, and at press conferences, he routinely calls on a pre-selected list of reporters.
Biden’s disconcerting remarks about being controlled did not stop with the chaotic last days of the war in Afghanistan, which presented Biden with his most challenging moment yet. Many saw a troubling leadership vacuum as he admitted to being “instructed” by an unseen “they” to call on a “list” of journalists.
WH can’t stomach Biden’s events
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has admitted that staffers don’t like it when Biden veers off script and prefer that he limit his engagement with the press.
“In fact, a lot of times we say ‘Don’t take questions,’” Psaki said in May, according to the New York Post. “He’s going to do what he wants to do, because he’s the president of the United States.”
According to Politico, Biden’s aides often have trouble stomaching his public events and “either mute him or turn off his remarks.” But the White House, which was apparently not joking, called Biden “the most effective communicator for his vision and his agenda.”
By now, statements this absurd have become par for the course for this administration. Is the humiliation the point?