Joe Biden has been president for less than a week but he has already managed to do something that Donald Trump never achieved - he has managed to treat journalists that he disagrees with, with decency and respect.
Trump presidency and his many press briefings were often littered with squabbles with members of the press from networks such as CNN that he just didn’t like. Trump would often belittle and insult these journalists, causing the briefings to descend into farcical scenes.
Thankfully, we can’t say the same about Biden who has even managed to extend a metaphorical olive branch to the reporters of Fox News, one of the most critical networks of the Democrats.
At Monday’s press briefing, Biden took a question from Peter Doocy, the son of Fox & Friends co-host and gave the reporter a fair chance by letting him ask the last question of the session. Before Doocy asked the question though, Biden stated, “I know he always asks me tough questions, and [they] always have an edge to them, but I like him anyway.”
"It took a long time to get here and it will take a long time to beat it" -- Biden in response to a gotcha question… https://t.co/3nlW29UWML
This small but simple act of respect towards Doocy, whether Biden’s agree with him or not astonished many as it highlighted the severe lack of dignity that Trump had brought to the role during his four years in office.
Biden gives Doocy a fair chance https://t.co/ONGivbv1zL
This question is dripping in bad faith, and yet still Biden knocks it out of the park. But Doocy shouldn't be there… https://t.co/nn4a7HLFor
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)
It's so great to have a president who respects the free press and isn't attacking or insulting them.
— Brad Beauregard Jr 🇺🇸 (@Brad Beauregard Jr 🇺🇸)
When White House tries to end the press conference, the president holds them off to make sure Fox gets a question.… https://t.co/Mflumt9q54
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@Philip Melanchthon Wegmann)
Doocy’s questions to Biden are unlikely to be the toughest he’ll face as president but did see him quizzed as to what his plans are for speeding up the vaccination roll out and how he is going to 'shut down the virus.'
Biden did give Doocy’s question a rather punchy response stating, “I am going to shut down the virus … I never said I’d do it in two months. I said it took a long time to get here and a long time to beat it. We have millions of people out there who have the virus. We’re just, for the first day, I think, correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve been doing other things this morning, speaking with foreign leaders, but one of the first days that the numbers actually come down, the number of deaths, and the number on a daily basis and the number of hospitalizations. … It’s going to take time, it’s going to take a heck of a lot of time.”
To be honest, if Biden’s press briefings continue like this it might start to get as tiresome as Trump’s were but in completely the opposite way.