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Joe Biden’s Press Conference Cheat Sheet Divides Opinion

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Joe Biden’s sheet of notes he referred to during his first press conference since becoming President has divided opinion on social media.

The New York Post obtained photos of Biden’s “cheat sheet” he used during the press conference on Thursday, which went on for just over an hour and hosted a pool of 25 reporters. The press conference covered a number of areas, including plans for U.S. manufacturing and the country’s future relationship with China.

Biden took 10 questions from a list of journalists whose names and outlets he read from a cue card. Also on the pages, were bullet points with facts on, 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 the U.S.”

“Joe Biden had a cheat sheet with the names and faces marked of which journalists to call on, and he knew EXACTLY what questions would be asked of him. That was not a press conference—that was a play put on by bad faith actors in a pseudo-democracy,” far-right activist Candace Owens said on Twitter after the marathon press conference.

Joe Biden had a cheat sheet with the names and faces marked of which journalists to call on, and he knew EXACTLY what questions would be asked of him.

That was not a press conference—that was a play put on by bad faith actors in a pseudo-democracy. pic.twitter.com/ee56Xcg63M

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 26, 2021

Others were quick to criticize the president.

“It was not very reassuring today that Biden relied so heavily on generic notes from staff to discuss the growing threat from China,” Steven Miller, a senior advisor to former Republican President Donald Trump.

BlazeTV journalist Elijah Schaffer said the cues were further evidence that Joe Biden’s memory was deteriorating.

Right-wing author and Trump supporter Nick Adams said that if any company CEO gave a press conference like Biden did, they would be fired the next day.

However, many others expressed their support for the Democratic leader.

Country singer and sister of Dolly Parton, Stella Parton said having notes was “professional and shows true leadership”.

It’s professional and shows true leadership is back when a President and his Press Secretary respect journalists even when they ask uncomfortable questions. I’m proud Pres. Biden respects us enough to make notes and use them in front of us not spewing garbage.

— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) March 25, 2021

“I’m proud Pres. Biden respects us enough to make notes and use them in front of us not spewing garbage,” she added.

Lili Balfour, an entrepreneur, said:”I’m glad Biden uses notes to make sure his information is accurate and his communication is clear. ANYONE who does public speaking knows how important it is to be precise and accurate. He’s the leader of the most powerful country and people hang on every word he says.”

“So Biden had notes and this is a story? Imagine if Trump had notes? Even thought about notes? Michelangelo Signorile host of the Signorile Show on Siruis XM said.

Twitter user Schooley poked fun of Trump’s previous use of a sharpie marker pen to make notes for his speeches.

“Fox [news] upset Biden had notes? Is the issue his notes weren’t written in Sharpie?” Schooley said.

Trump himself mocked the press conference, telling Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle that reporters had asked “strange questions.” Trump described Biden’s briefing as “ridiculous” and claimed to have never seen anything like it during his time in office.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters during the first news conference of his presidency in the East Room of the White House on March 25, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Biden’s sheet of notes he used during his first press conference has divided opinion on social media.
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