President Biden on Wednesday spoke to a half-empty auditorium while doing a live CNN “town hall” event in Ohio.
The more than dozen empty rows weren’t apparent to television viewers thanks to flattering shots that appeared to show a full, non-distanced crowd packing the front rows — in a striking visual display of normalcy after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions.
But a member of the traveling White House press pool shared a photo from the back of the room, revealing that, in fact, the venue was far from packed at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.
The image of empty seats was discordant with Biden’s attempt to project confidence in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, including his assertion, “this is not a pandemic.”
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