White House to mute Biden or turn off his public appearances altogether | Anxiety about what Joe Biden might say if he takes questions;
Some staffers in the Biden White House would rather miss their boss speak in public than endure another gaffe, according to a new report.
- The president mistakenly referred to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as “Jennifer” during an event in August, and in March, he said “President Harris” when referring to Vice President Kamala Harris.
- On Tuesday, Biden asserted during a briefing about the damage incurred from Hurricane Ida that tornadoes are called something else now.
- “The members of Congress know, from their colleagues in Congress, that, uh, you know, the, looks like a tornado, they don’t call them that anymore, that hit the crops and wetlands in the middle of the country, in Iowa and Nevada. It’s just across the board,” Biden said at a press conference in New Jersey.
- Biden occasionally shrugs off reporters’ inquiries by telling the press that his staff directed him not to take questions, suggesting officials seek to minimize the number of those incidents.