Joe Biden is on a tight leash as far as what he is and isn’t allowed to discuss with the media.
Four months in, and it is clear that Biden is not in charge of anything other than making himself look foolish.
Occasionally, Biden lets the American public know in no uncertain terms that he isn’t in control.
Biden recently delivered some comments to the press about how the Covid vaccination process was going, and then attempted to leave the stage.
However, as he walked away Biden was asked another question from reporters about his feelings on recent meetings with House and Senate members.
“I’m not supposed to be answering all these questions.”
“I’m supposed to leave, but I can’t resist your questions.”
Here's more on Biden's telling response to the media from Fox News:
President Biden said during remarks on coronavirus vaccinations that he was not "supposed" to be answering questions.
After responding to a number of questions from reporters on the Colonial Pipeline shutdown and the unrest in Israel and Gaza, one reporter asked Biden how his infrastructure meeting with bipartisan lawmakers had gone.
"You guys are bad, I'm not supposed to be answering all these questions, I'm supposed to leave," the president responded. He added that he’d come away "encouraged" after meeting with House and Senate Republican Leaders Kevin McCarthy, Calif., and Sen. Mitch McConnell, Ky.
Biden also announced 250 million vaccines had been administered since he’d taken office and reiterated his support for Israel’s "right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying in your territory."
Whoever is in charge, one thing is for certain.
Joe Biden is nowhere near the top of the food chain.
While Biden does occasionaly go "rogue" with answering questions. he is constantly reeled back in by his handlers.
Those handlers includes Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and even his own Press Secretary.
Even Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that she tells Biden not to take questions.
This according to the New York Post:
We’re just asking …
President Biden taking questions from reporters outside the formal setting of a White House press conference “is not something we recommend,” press secretary Jen Psaki admitted Thursday.
“He takes questions nearly every day he’s out [with] the press,” Psaki told former Obama campaign guru and CNN commentator David Axelrod on the latest episode of his “The Axe Files” podcast.
“A lot of times, we say, ‘Don’t take questions,’” Psaki disclosed. “But he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”
“The first time I traveled with him, he took questions from the pool three times that day, and I thought, ‘Am I going to be fired when I get back?'” Psaki recalled later in the program. “So he does do that, and he likes doing that. I mean, the thing is, he likes the press corps and likes that back-and-forth and that engagement.”
Axelrod had praised Psaki and her White House team for what he described as “a good job of managing” the 46th president.
“His strength is that he says what’s on his mind, and his weakness is he says what’s on his mind, and sometimes that’s not helpful,” said Axelrod, who recalled reading a report about Biden bumping into CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins and disclosing to her that a $15 minimum wage was unlikely to make it into the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this year.
Biden's behavior lately leads to one very important question:
Who is actually in charge right now?