White House Defends Biden’s Advance Knowledge Of Reporter’s Question

Defending the dog and pony show that President Joe Biden’s public appearances has become, the White House on Thursday declared his detailed cheat sheet with reporter’s questions is “entirely normal.”

On Wednesday, journalists clearly saw the president holding a sheet of paper at a news conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. On it was written the Los Angeles Times reporter’s name and “question 1.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained “It’s entirely normal for a president to be briefed on reporters who will be asking questions at a press conference and issues we expect they might ask about.”

Jean-Pierre insisted that the information on Biden’s card was not identical to the question that was asked. “We do not have specific questions in advance. That’s not something that we do,” she asserted.

However, the New York Post said that the cheat sheet had the actual question: “How are YOU squaring YOUR domestic priorities — like reshoring semiconductors manufacturing — with alliance-based foreign policy?”

The Post also reported another sheet showed more details concerning officials at the press conference. Still another paper listed the presidents’ “top accomplishments.”

This was hardly the first instance of the 80-year-old president being caught with detailed notes by photographers. It was last June when pictures captured the almost childishly written cheat sheet the president relied on to function.

The note instructed that “YOU enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants.” It then told Biden, “YOU take YOUR seat.”

Republicans have long worried about the president’s mental acuity, and even many Democrats tell pollsters that he is too old to hold the highest office in the land.

Biden’s personal physician reported in February that the president is in good health, though he refused to answer questions about his cognitive abilities. It is also reported that he resists efforts to change his approach, even when obvious mistakes are the outcome.

The president’s handlers clearly have their work cut out for them. Bumbling misstatements have been part of his career, but it now appears that they are having to watch his every word and move. And on Tuesday, Biden announced that he will run for reelection in 2024.