The Leader of the Free World only wants to handle the questions related to one subject at a time and he really doesn’t like it when the press doesn’t cooperate.
President Biden called veteran journalist Kelly O’Donnell a “pain in the neck” in the Oval Office when taking questions that were supposed to be focused on America’s Middle East strategy and specifically the U.S.’s relationship with Iraq.
The President was meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and had announced that the U.S. will end the combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021.
O’Donnell, who was recently elected President of the White House Correspondents’ Association, asked a question about the announcement about mandatory vaccination of employees at Veterans’ Affairs.
Biden said, “You are such a pain in the neck. But I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other for so long.”
O’Donnell’s response was “I take that as a compliment, Mr. President.”
Check out this report by the New York Post that says that Kelly O’Donnell “disobeyed Biden’s request” that questions remain on-topic.
NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell disobeyed Biden’s request for questions “about Iraq” and asked Biden instead about reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs would require staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“You are such a pain in the neck. But I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other for so long. It has nothing to do with Iraq,” Biden said, before confirming that the VA would be the first federal agency to compel vaccination.
Biden was hosting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office when he rebuked the veteran journalist, who often appears on MSNBC.
Source: New York Post
The exchange with O’Donnell seemed to be cordial, even if it was inappropriate in this particular situation. Just imagine the outrage if President Trump had said something like that to Jim Acosta — especially with a foreign leader present.
And where is the outrage from the left that an “old white man” in a position of power spoke that way to a “strong, professional woman”?
There have been other times where Biden has been short-tempered with reporters.
After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G7, Biden yelled at CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins.
Biden just yelled at CNN’s @kaitlancollins:
“What the hell— what do you do all day?… If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business.” pic.twitter.com/XNF4LMKYzr
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 16, 2021
ClashDaily covered that thoroughly here.
Again at the G7 summit, when another reporter asked about why he hasn’t yet rolled back the Trump-era tariffs, he laughed off the question and responded, “120 days. Give me a break! Need time.”
When it was pointed out that 100 million doses of vaccines in 100 days was basically what the Trump vaccine plan would accomplish, he dismissed the question.
Biden, asked if 100 million vaccines within 100 days is too low of a goal, snaps: “When I announced it you all said it wasn’t possible. Gimme a break. C’mon man.” pic.twitter.com/O7n7jBOjvn
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 21, 2021
During his run for president, he went after a reporter who asked about the Hunter Biden laptop story suggesting that he peddled smears and falsehoods. We now know that it was Joe and the entire Biden clan that was lying about that laptop.
I asked Joe Biden: What is your response to the NYPost story about your son, sir?
He called it a “smear campaign” and then went after me. “I know you’d ask it. I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.” pic.twitter.com/Eo6VD4TqxD
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) October 17, 2020
Despite the way he treats them, the Partisan Press loves this guy. They give him a free pass on his mental acuity, why he isn’t in public much, the handling of the Southern border, and his son’s business dealings/new career as an “artist” selling paintings to undisclosed buyers.
It’s like all those female reporters and activists that turned a blind eye to Bill Clinton’s sexual predation because he was all for abortion.
This time, reporters are turning a blind eye to Biden’s corruption, clear mental decline, and that he’s just a giant pile of mediocrity simply because he shares their views on the need for an enormous nanny-state, globalism, climate change, and the need to “build back better.”
Journalists were supposed to be keeping our leaders in check, not fangirling them or acting as trained lapdogs.
Kudos to O’Donnell for asking the question anyway, and jeers to the rest of the castrated press corps who don’t ask tough questions that aren’t on Joe’s “special cards.”