Last July, Axios ran a piece about President Joe Biden’s temper with his White House aides. Instead of framing this as “Old Man Yells at Cloud”-style fare, it was supposed to emphasize how the then-80-year-old president could outsmart his own aides.
“Biden’s temper comes in the form of angry interrogations rather than erratic tantrums,” Axios’ Alex Thompson claimed.
“He’ll grill aides on topics until it’s clear they don’t know the answer to a question — a routine that some see as meticulous and others call ‘stump the chump’ or ‘stump the dummy.’
“Being yelled at by the president has become an internal initiation ceremony in this White House, aides say — if Biden doesn’t yell at you, it could be a sign he doesn’t respect