A number of White House staff members reportedly routinely skip watching President Joe Biden’s press conferences and speeches live over fears of what he may say.
Biden’s remarks, which often veer off-script or result in verbal flubs and false information, are a source of “anxiety” for staffers in the White House. Some apparently prefer to forgo watching the president live and learn about any potential issues later, a strategy they claim saves them the mental anguish of listening to Biden screw up in real-time.
As Politico reports:
When Biden gives public remarks, some White House staffers will either mute him or turn off his remarks, according to White House officials.
It’s not that they’re indifferent to what their boss has to say. Indeed, their livelihoods are directly invested in it. Rather, they’re filled with anxiety that he’s going to take questions from the press and veer off the West Wing’s carefully orchestrated messaging.
“I know people who habitually don’t watch it live for that