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Many people have questioned, since President Joe Biden’s first day as President of the United States, if it is he, or first lady Jill Biden, who is really in charge.
A report from an author of a new book on Jill Biden was present after the president’s press conference on Thursday, after Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on his handling of classified documents, said that the first lady was livid that no one stopped the press conference, Fox News reported.
“Where were you guys?“ the first lady allegedly said. “Where was the person who was going to end the press conference?”
“In the forthcoming book about modern first ladies titled “American Woman,” author Katie Rogers wrote that Jill Biden confronted President Biden himself and his aides after the Jan. 19, 2022, news conference, which marked his first year in office. During the nearly two-hour conference, Biden held forth on numerous topics but at times bungled facts and lashed out at one reporter who quoted Biden’s comments comparing political opponents to segregationists,” Fox News reported.
“She had watched the news conference, and the look on her face told everyone in the room — from the president on down — that they had some explaining to do,” the author said in the excerpt originally reported by Axios. “‘Why didn’t anyone stop that?’ she demanded.”
“Everyone stayed silent, looking at one another, and then at her, and back to one another. That included the most powerful man in the world. Her husband essentially played along, not offering an answer, even though aides had slipped him a card suggesting he end the press conference,” the author said.
She said that officials “later apologized to her, according to an account of the episode shared by a person in the room.”
Biden has been taking heat from all sides after the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on his handling of classified documents, including criticism from some prominent Democrats.
Among them was Democrat Washington Rep. Adam Smith who criticized the way the president handled the press conference the night the report was released, which included snapping and yelling at reporters.
“Clearly yesterday’s press conference, as you said, I’m a senior Democratic politician. I’ve been doing this for a long time. That’s not the way you want to do it. Okay. I think we can all agree on that. He was angry. He was frustrated by what came out. There was not a prepared, clear agenda of, okay, here’s my explanation, here’s what I’m doing. And it didn’t go well, okay. There’s no doubt about that. That needs to get better. But again, the most important thing is is he on top of the economy? I mean, look look at how we have managed to. Everyone said we were going to be in a recession. We’re not now. There are still affordability crisis. We got to make housing affordable. We got to make food more affordable,” the representative said.
“But he has negotiated a very difficult situation coming out of the pandemic, dealing with a series of international crises in a way that has been very coherent and has moved the policy forward. There’s no doubt in my mind right now that he’s capable of doing the job. Messaging. Very complicated if you’ve never run for office. All right. I like to think of myself as a reasonably articulate person. All right. And I’ve done this a long time. I’ve been in press conferences. I’ve been in town hall meetings where I wish, you good. I shouldn’t have said that. And then you try to fix it and then you make it worse. Okay? It is not as easy as it looks,” he said.
The reason the president was furious was likely because the Special Counsel’s report painted him as an old man with memory issues who did willfully retain and share classified information.