President Joe Biden has developed quite a reputation over the years for uttering gaffes and misstatements while delivering speeches or talking with reporters, and those verbal miscues have only grown in frequency since his presidency began.
Yet, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday confidently proclaimed that President Biden is "the best communicator" in the White House, Fox News reported.
That is, of course, a laughable statement, and it received an abundance of mockery on social media in response -- as well it should.
Near the end of Tuesday's press briefing, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre about the different communications "settings" that can be deployed for the president to use, such as prepared or impromptu remarks and speeches with or without a teleprompter.
"Is it the view of the President’s communications team that he is equally adept in all settings, in terms of communications? Or are there some that play to greater strengths, somewhere he probably isn’t as strong, et cetera?" the reporter asked.
Without hesitation, Jean-Pierre replied, "I will tell you this: The President is the best communicator that we have in the White House."
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In response to that incredible statement, Hot Air pointed out that press secretary Jean-Pierre, along with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others, have all displayed exceptionally "poor communications skills" since taking office.
"Joe Biden mumbles, drifts off script, lies about everything including his life story, and vacillates between doing an angry old man yell and some creepy whispering," the outlet noted. "He is often dazed and confused as to where he is and what he is talking about. Joe Biden has been known as a gaffe machine for decades."
However, "Kamala Harris is the queen chef of word salads. She becomes fixated on a word or phrase and repeats it over and over again whether or not it makes sense to do so. She seasons the word salads with an unnerving cackle of laughter at odd times."
And then there is Jean-Pierre herself, who is "simply out of her league. She is tethered to a thick notebook of talking points and policy explanations that she reads from when answering questions during the press briefings. She reads. She does not just talk to the press and deliver her answers."
In that regard, then, perhaps the press secretary is correct, in that in comparison to the other members of his communications team and vice president, Biden may well be "the best communicator" they have available -- which is rather disconcerting.
Ironically enough, in attempting to praise President Biden as "the best communicator" in the White House, the press secretary conversely detracts from the purported capabilities and skills -- make of them what you will -- of herself and the rest of the paid professionals on the communications team.
Meanwhile, the American people are still waiting for "the best communicator" -- who is also supposedly the most transparent ever -- to find the time to address the nation about the unprecedented actions he has ordered to shoot down multiple unidentified flying "objects" over the past week or so.