Conservatives and social media are again railing against President Joe Biden’s need for “cheat sheets” in order to perform regular duties as president, which includes visits and news conferences.
Social media captured a cheat sheet sticking out of his pocket, identifying individuals the president was to meet with in Louisiana on Friday, including the names of Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. It also included a mark of affiliation to the Democratic Party.
Kayleigh McEnany, former White House press secretary, noted that President Donald Trump didn’t use any remedial cues or cards he was given.
“President Trump certainly never carried a ‘cheat sheet’ with him,” McEnany, now an analyst with Fox News, said. “As any good staff would, we often provided him with a pocket card before he left the plane, but he usually just left it on Air Force 1 and definitely never relied on it to remember the names of those he was meeting on the tarmac.”
Lisa Boothe, a conservative Fox News contributor, said that it showed Biden “not operating at full cylinders.”
“Can Joe Biden do anything without a cheat sheet?” she asked. “He couldn’t give a speech on Afghanistan after 5 p.m.
“It’s abundantly clear he’s not operating on full cylinders. He should be in retirement, not leading a country. It’s time we start talking about it more. Everyone sees it.”
Biden has even referenced the orders he has been given by aides, saying in a recent news conference on Afghanistan: “The first person I was instructed to call on.”
He then called on a prepared NBC News reporter who asked a lengthy question.
Photographers and social media users have also shared photos from cheat sheets with reporters’ names and photos circled, and numbers marked.
“Given his track record of hiding in his basement during the presidential election, it’s not surprising that President Biden depends on cheat sheets,” Fox News’ Deneen Borelli said.
“Biden is lost and fumbles badly without notes and the teleprompter. It’s fundamentally dangerous the U.S. has such a weak and incompetent president. The world is watching including our adversaries.”
Borelli criticized the insufficient preparation of the president for his job through the campaign.
“Then-candidate Biden wasn’t challenged by the media and when interviewed was given softball questions,” Borelli continued. “Now America knows why his handlers want him to have limited media access because he’s incapable of sensible communication.”
In the midst of unfolding events in Afghanistan and a Hurricane Ida prep conference, Biden repeatedly declined to answer questions from the White House Press Pool. He stated that he was not allowed to answer any questions.
Myriad former Trump staffers like McEnany have since praised the former president for having been more transparent with the American people, He has held daily press conferences on the coronavirus pandemic response and delivered candid, controversial press conferences about it every day.