Republicans spent the last year helping to set an incredibly low bar for Joe Biden. And for the last year, Biden has benefited from being, as George W. Bush might say, “misunderestimated.”
But Biden’s first presidential press conference tested him in ways he managed to avoid during much of the campaign. He was forced to think on his feet and, despite repeatedly consulting his notes, make unscripted comments in real time. The result wasn’t a total disaster, but it wasn’t pretty, either.
It revealed a president who was shaky, sometimes incoherent, and not terribly skilled at this part of the job, all of which might have made him the equivalent of chum in the water during a press feeding frenzy if the press had been nearly as frenzied as it was with his predecessor.
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