President Joe Biden promised voters he would tackle the coronavirus pandemic better than Donald Trump, whom Democrats accused of being responsible for 400,000 deaths to date, but in the course of one day the new president snapped at a reporter over vaccine distribution and his new press secretary dodged a question about his mask-skipping hypocrisy.
“Gimme a break, man!” Biden told an AP reporter Thursday morning after the reporter timidly asked if the target of inoculating 100 million people in 100 days was too low of a target. That number matches the current distribution under the now-gone Trump administration, the reporter pointed out.
“Shouldn’t you set the goal higher?” the reporter asked. “That’s basically where the U.S. is right now.”
“When I announced it, you all said it’s not possible,” Biden complained. “Come on. Gimme a break man! It’s a good start.”
At the White House press briefing later in the day on Thursday, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pointed out to Jen Psaki that President Biden had signed an executive order Wednesday mandating masks on federal property --- but he went mask-less that same day when he visited the Lincoln Memorial (pictured above) as part of his inauguration ceremonies.
Appearing to be caught off guard by the question, Psask said Biden was “celebrating” a “historic day” at the Lincoln Memorial, and she went on rattle off the “COVID precautions” the White House is taking.
Huckabee: 'Unity' sounds nice but now prove it with actions
Joe Biden's inauguration speech calling for unity sounded nice but actions going forward matter more than nice-sounding phrases in a scripted speech, says Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.
It was nice to hear Biden say, for example, that he wanted to be president of "everybody," even those who didn't vote for him, Huckabee commented on the Todd Starnes Show.
But what about Big Tech censoring conservatives, Huckabee asked, who are being punished for their views? And the push to impeach President Trump even after he has left office? And the new vice president bailing out rioters?
"I appreciate the words," Huckabee commented, "but I want to see some action, and when that happens, then I'll be very grateful for him backing it up."
Doocy wasn’t done, however: He quoted Biden’s own words about the “power of example” during the pandemic.
“Was that a good example,” Doocy asked, “for people who are watching and may not pay attention normally?”
Psaki repeated her earlier answer then suggested there are “bigger issues to worry about” than the mask-less president and his executive order.
The executive order, signed Jan. 20, covers federal properties and inside federal buildings. It also requires masks at airports and on airliners, on trains and ferries, and on public transportation such as buses.
Donald Trump famously went mask-less amd drew criticism for putting himself and others at risk of the virus, and for failing to set a good example for other Americans. Biden used Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis last October to lecture the then-president about this “macho thing” when Trump returned from Walter Reed to the White House without a mask.
“Be patriotic for God’s sake!” Biden said at a town hall days later. “Take care of yourself but take care of your neighbors.”
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