Why aren’t those who complained when Donald Trump didn’t ‘act presidential’ complaining about Joe Biden’s remarks about a Fox reporter?
Did Joe Biden “act presidential” when he called a Fox News reporter a “stupid son of a bitch” at a news conference? That, apparently, depends on your political leaning.
When Donald Trump was president, people had no problem calling out his behavior. Trump, by comparison, was a far more abrasive personality. He seemed to enjoy being abrasive. His supporters seemed to enjoy watching it happen. Some complained that Trump was turning the White House into “The Jerry Springer Show.”
But the complaint I heard all the time over Trump’s four years in office was that he just didn’t seem to know what “acting presidential” meant. He was course, crude, rude. That, they complained, is not how a president acts. It certainly isn’t how a president should act, they said.
So where are these people now?
In a casual, jokingly sarcastic manner, Biden answered, “That’s a great asset, more inflation.”
Then, right into the microphone, he muttered, “What a stupid son of a bitch.”
For a group of people who spent four years trying to hold Trump to their definition of what proper presidential behavior should be, Biden’s remarks should have set them off as well.
Some complained about the “stupid question.” But sometimes, journalists have to ask questions that elicit a response. It elicited a response, although one that certainly seemed inappropriate. When Trump lashed out at people, there was no end of criticism and outrage.
It doesn’t have anything to do with how you feel about reporters or the media — and it shouldn’t have anything to do with whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.
If the criticism is based on the standard of “acting presidential,” Biden didn’t meet that mark.
Doocy did tell Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Biden called him within an hour of the remark to apologize. Doocy called it a “nice call.”
Trump, I doubt, would have apologized.
But if you don’t find Biden’s remark uncalled for, I have to question your definition of “acting presidential.”