Biden press conference addresses filibuster, 2024 & immigration crisis


The breathless wait for the 46th president’s first news conference is over. How’d he do? USA TODAY Editorial Board members David Mastio, a libertarian conservative, and Jill Lawrence, a center-left liberal, have a few opinions on that.

Jill: There, that wasn’t so hard.

When is the best time to have your first press conference? Probably never, but in a forest full of trees on fire, from immigration and guns to voting, China, Afghanistan, North Korea, the filibuster and his plans for 2024, President Joe Biden managed to avoid going up in flames himself.  

His triumphalism on COVID-19, while possibly justified, was less effective to me than statements like “I’ve been hired to solve problems” and “I’m a fairly practical guy” and “I want to get things done.” In other words, I’m trying to seem dull and boring and eventually you will notice that I’ve knocked your socks off. 





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