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President Joe Biden got short with NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell on Monday when she asked him a simple question about COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The incident occurred in the Oval Office where Biden was meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

O’Donnell raised the issue of an impending Department of Veterans Affairs employee vaccine mandate, and the president cut her off.

“You are such a pain in the neck, but I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other so long,” Biden said.

O’Donnell interjected, “I take that as a compliment, Mr. President,” which brought a smile to Biden’s face.

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“It has nothing to do with Iraq,” he said in response to her question. “Yes, Veteran Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all doctors working in their facilities are going to have to be vaccinated.”

O’Donnell noted in a tweet afterward that Biden did not answer her question whether the vaccine mandate would be extended in the future to include other federal employees.

The exchange was somewhat reminiscent of Biden’s brush back of CNN chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins last month in Geneva, Switzerland, after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Why are you so confident [Putin] will change his behavior, Mr. President?” Collins asked Biden as he was leaving a brief news conference.

Biden, clearly angry, turned toward Collins and said, “I am not confident he will change his behavior. What the hell- what do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident? I said … what I said was — let’s get it straight — I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world. I’m not confident of anything. I’m just stating the facts.”

Collins continued: “But given his past behavior has not changed and in that press conference after sitting down with you for several hours, he denied any involvement in cyber attacks. He downplayed human rights abuses. He even refused to say Alexei Navalny’s name. So how does that account to a constructive meeting, as President Putin put it?”

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Biden did not respond directly, but chose an ad hominem attack instead, saying, “If you don’t understand that, you are in the wrong business.”

Later that day before boarding Air Force One (and probably after getting some feedback, we’ll call it, from his White House staff), Biden apologized for snapping at Collins.

“I owe my last questioner an apology. I shouldn’t have, I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave,” he told reporters.

“Look, to be a good reporter, you’ve got to be negative. You’ve got to have a negative view of life, OK, it seems to me. The way you all — you never ask a positive question,” Biden added.

Do you believe Biden thinks the media owes him positive coverage?

So Biden’s upset about getting negative questions?

He wouldn’t have survived a week under the media barrage former President Donald Trump received while in office.

A study released by the Media Research Center found there was 150 times more negative coverage on broadcast news programs regarding Trump than Biden over a two-month period last summer.

In fact, 95 percent of the statements made about Trump were negative.

In contrast, Biden was barely covered at all, but when he was, two-thirds of the statements made — 67 percent — were positive.

So the president has to answer some harder questions from time to time. Welcome to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

O’Donnell and Collins were right to ask the questions they did.

If Biden doesn’t accept that, he’s in the wrong business.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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