March 25th! March 25th! March 25th!
That’s the day Joe Biden will finally address reporters, and Americans, in a solo White House press conference. It’s been nearly two months since the sitting president has emerged from hiding.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, made the announcement on Tuesday while Biden was in Pennsylvania selling the American people on his massive spending plans.
By the time of the presser, Biden will have avoided the media for a record-breaking 64 days.
A sitting president has never avoided the media this long. Biden’s reluctance to address the media has not yet been seen by a modern president. Not since Warren Harding in 1921 has a president been so fearful of reporters.
Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors held a solo press conference within 33 days of taking office.
Even after his signing significant legislation, or even his endless Executive Orders, Biden never gave face time to the press or the American people. White House aides have struggled to justify this decision.
The president, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband Doug Emhoff are traveling across the country this week to promote the dramatic spending bill.