What happened Joe?
On his first day in office, Biden gave his staffers a very stern warning about respect and treating people nicely. “If you are ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot.”
He continued by emphasizing, “On the spot. No ifs, ands, or buts.”
This statement reiterated remarks he made on the campaign trail.
But it seems as though the dwindling approval polls numbers and Democrats begin to question his leadership, the President has just broken his protocol.
In less than a week, the President has attacked three reporters posing questions he didn’t like.
In the two-hour press conference last Wednesday (January 19), the President displayed his impolite demeanor. RealClearNews reporter Philip Wegmann highlighted that the President “ran on a return to civility” but had inadvertently called those who oppose his voting bills –– primarily Republican lawmakers –– racists by comparing them to Bill Connor and George Wallace.
Biden, with obvious frustration, retorted, saying he hadn’t said that before making a snide remark on Wegmann’s –– who has a B.A. in history and politics from Hillsdale College in Michigan –– reading of English. Biden continued his vicious response by saying, “I assume you got into journalism because you liked to write.”
The following day, Jacqui Heinrich of Fox News, asked Biden why he was “waiting on Putin to make the first move?” Biden responded by referring to the question as “stupid.”
Now, on Monday, Peter Doocy, also a Fox News reporter shouted to the President while the press was being escorted out of an event if he thought “inflation will be a political liability ahead of the midterms?”
In a sarcastic tone, Biden scowled “that’s a great asset, more inflation.” He then went on to call Doocy “a stupid son of a b—-.”
His tone interacting with the press over six days contradicts what he said when entering the White House.
At the time, he emphasized that “everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity” before saying that it was missing “in a big way” during the Trump era.
It could be this blatant contradiction that made him call Doocy to “clear the air.” With Doocy informing Fox News’ Sean Hannity of the call, in which Biden said, “it’s nothing personal, pal.” But when Hannity pushed Doocy on whether the President had apologized, it became apparent he had not.
However, his correction may also have to do with the upcoming midterms and the overall poor view of his performance which would only deteriorate if his remaining supporters thought he wasn’t likable.