Photographs taken during Joe Biden’s press conference on Thursday reveal that he used a “cheat sheet” with the names and faces of friendly reporters pre-selected to ask him questions.
The cue cards also contained scripted answers for him to repeat during the press conference.
Scripted answers such as “The United States now ranks 13th globally in infrastructure quality — down from 5th place in 2002,” and, “China spends 3 times more on infrastructure than U.S.” could be clearly seen on the cue cards held in Joe Biden’s frail hands.
Nationalfile.com reports: Another piece of paper contained the names and headshots of reporters present at the press conference, with some names circled to indicate which ones would be allowed to receive a response from the President.
Though Biden’s use of cue cards to screen questions and speak about policy is unprecedented for a commander-in-chief, supporters have argued that the move makes sense given Biden’s past history of gaffes, such as confusing his wife for his sister and forgetting the name of his Secretary of Defense, former Raytheon board member Lloyd Austin.
Despite his helpful cue cards, Biden still managed to make numerous gaffes during Thursday’s press conference.
In one instance, Biden promised to “say something outrageous” but then appeared to entirely forget what he was talking about and moved on:
During Joe Biden’s long-awaited first press conference since taking office, the President said “I’m going to say something outrageous,” then promptly forgot what he was going to say, in what could be described as the newest addition to his long list of embarrassing gaffes.
“I’m going to say something outrageous,” said Biden. “I have never been particularly poor at calculating how to get things done in the United States Senate. So, the best way to get something done, if you, if you hold near and dear to you that you uh, um, like to be able to uh, anyway,” muttered Biden.
“We’re going to get a lot done,” said the President.
Biden’s cue cards came in handy when he was asked a question about North Korea, which he responded to by reading a prepared response off of his cheat sheet.