President Joe Biden seemed to write off the whole thing one day before he held his first formal news conference.
He joked when asked Wednesday night how he prepared. “What press conference?”
Biden is actually ready for days to face the White House press, according to many people, all of whom realize that it’s going to get the bright light. With several members of his inner circle, Biden has discussed his strategy and even held an informal practice earlier this week.
Biden’s longest period of inquiry since he became president is the event, scheduled for the early afternoon in the White House East Room. This is a moment that has not really experienced himself in Washington for all his years; senators and vice presidents seldom hold their own individual TV news conferences.
Later than its recent predecessors, he takes the step of organizing formal news conferences in the first 40 days in office. The White House has put the event on the agenda on Thursday in the middle of last week and gave reporters plenty of time to get ready for it.
He spake directly to a cameras with a teleprompter and read from a prepared lecture during most of Biden’s formal events at the White House. He had more ad-hoc meetings with reporters who answered one or two sentences when lobbying a question at the end of an event or on the way to his helicopter.
He has extensively prepared for some of these events, including his first-time speech to the country earlier this month. He spent days writing his remarks, making sure that he struck the right tone, using the right words and sentences. He told others that Biden wouldn’t make a single mistake.
However, another prospect is a news conference. The question-and-answer session is not written while Biden is expected to open with prepared remarks.
Biden plans to announce a new target for vaccinations after reaching its first 100 million shot goal well in advance of schedules in order to add new information to the event’s agenda. This fits into your desired pandemic response message.
The rest of the event will however be dictated by questions from reporters who will surely turn away from the pandemic’s favorite subject of the White House.
The helpers have prepared a number of points to discuss potential questions on a broad range of topics in order to prepare for the event. White House officials expect a number of questions on immigration from bipartisan to senate filibuster decisions to retreat troops from Afghanistan, but also prepare for a number of other topics.
Biden took home briefing books containing policy positions and frames for potential responses, as he had before other major public appearances. Typically, the three ring binders of Biden are organized by subject, with tabs separating the sections with 14-point fonts.
In the evening he read them and the next day he gave his team feedback.
Also, Biden’s consultants have been able to avoid situations that would make the President’s temper flare up, as he has been on the campaign trail a number of times when confronted with questions. Biden’s inclination to defend himself when challenged is well known among former employees and individuals who worked closely with him.
He caught a voter and asked Hunter about his son, the 83-year-old Iowan, a “dumb liar” for him. On another time, when she asked a question about his election, a younger votera in New Hampshire called a “lying dog-faced pony soldier.”