Photos taken during Biden’s press conference on Thursday show several cheat sheets he used to answer questions. One of them even had the names and headshots of reporters he planned to call on.
Biden did not take any questions from conservative reporters and had to look down and read from his sheets quite often.
Charlie Kirk asked the question, “If Joe Biden can’t stand up to Peter Doocy are we really supposed to expect him to be able to stand up to Xi or Putin?
Not a single question from a conservative reporter.— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 25, 2021
If Joe Biden can't stand up to Peter Doocy are we really supposed to expect him to be able to stand up to Xi or Putin?
The president also used notes to assist with facts about US infrastructure, a policy area Biden is focusing on during his first months in the White House.
“The United States now ranks 13th globally in infrastructure quality — down from 5th place in 2002,” read one bullet point.
But despite having the answers in front of him, Biden still slipped up, saying America ranked 85th in the world in infrastructure, before correcting himself.
The press pool at Thursday’s briefing, the first one held by Biden since taking office 65 days ago, was limited to 25 reporters.
Biden only took questions from a list of journalists whose names and outlets he read from a cue card. A photo of the card shows circled numbers around select reporters.
Biden quickly ended the press conference telling reporters, “but folks. I’m going.”