President Joe Biden faced widespread criticism for his reluctance to hold a solo press conference within his first two months in office, fueling speculation that he was unfit to serve as commander in chief.
Even after he held a formal press event this week, however, many of his critics — including former White House physician Ronny Jackson — were not satisfied.
“Not only for Biden”
In a statement following the Thursday press conference, Jackson, a Republican who has since been elected to represent Texas in the House of Representatives, said that Biden’s performance and the mainstream media’s coverage was “embarrassing” and “shameful.”
The physician served in the White House Medical Unit from 2006 until 2018 and was the personal doctor for former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. He transitioned to becoming Trump’s chief medical adviser in 2019 prior to launching a congressional bid.
Responding to the current president’s first news conference, Jackson tweeted: “This ‘Press Brief’ was EMBARRASSING! Not only for Biden, but for the liberal press corps as well.”
He went on to claim that Biden “struggled to make it through, despite the fact that he followed a strict order of reporters to call on and was reading what appeared to be prepared answers from the podium.”
In a follow-up tweet, Jackson wondered “what the press would have done if Donald Trump had pulled something like this” in one of his briefings.
“Something’s not right!”
“Helps when the ‘press’ are your biggest fans!” Jackson added. “Shameful and Embarrassing!!”
These tweets were just his latest remarks related to the perceived mental and physical shortcomings of the president. After Biden took a tumble while climbing the stairs to Air Force One earlier this month, Jackson offered his thoughts on the matter.
“I served as White House physician under THREE Presidents,” he tweeted at the time. “I’ve seen what it takes physically AND mentally to do the job. I can tell you right now that the way Biden is hiding from the public is a MAJOR red flag. Something’s not right!”
Plenty of other critics weighed in on Biden’s performance, including Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace.
“Covering Ronald Reagan for six years, I never saw that,” he said. “Watching a lot of news conferences over the years, I’ve never seen that — a president in a news conference reading talking points. He did that on, it seemed, every foreign policy question.”