President Joe Biden was slammed on Monday over a notecard that he carried while talking to reporters that was a cheat sheet for how to answer what were deemed to be “tough Putin” questions.
The notecard stated in part:
- If you weren’t advocating for regime change, what did you mean? Can you clarify?
- I was expressing the moral outrage I felt towards the actions of this man.
- I was not articulating a change in policy.
The notecard on how to deal with questions came in response to Biden stating over the weekend about Putin, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
The White House was forced to quickly walk back Biden’s statement, saying in a statement:
The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.
Another part of the card, which was only partly visible, posed an answer to the following question: “Is this now threatening to splinter unity with your NATO allies?”
“No,” the answer part of the card stated. “NATO has never been more united.”
Biden had to have “I was not articulating a change in policy” written verbatim on a notecard so he wouldn’t screw it up… and he still screwed it up pic.twitter.com/OvEwlHQVry
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) March 28, 2022
Biden was widely mocked online over the cheat sheet, including the following responses:
- Mike Cernovich, political commentator: “Utterly embarrassing.”
- Clay Travis, radio host: “The Biden presidency just keeps getting more embarrassing. He isn’t well and even with the questions in advance they still have to write out answers out for him.”
- Tammy Bruce, political commentator: “How much longer can this continue?”
- Stephen L. Miller, political commentator: “If this was the last guy this is all Washington post and CNN would talk about for the week and Sunday.”
- Kayleigh McEnany, former White House press secretary: “I can’t believe this is the President’s pocket card! I’m surprised it didn’t start with: ‘Hi, my name is President Biden…'”
- Dan McLaughlin, National Review: “I did not believe this was real until I watched the video. I get that presidents need to be reminded what their policy is on some obscure corners of governance. But this is a simple question about the centerpiece of current U.S. foreign policy.”
- Benjamin Weingarten, Real Clear Investigations: “Who is putting the words onto the cue cards and into the teleprompter?”
- Ben Williamson, political advisor: “Having a set of talking points specifically labeled for ‘tough’ questions is too perfect.”
- Hans Mahncke, political commentator: “Do White House stenographers submit their questions beforehand or are they just told what to ask?”
- Stephen J. Duffield, attorney: “I mean, at least Trump personally handwrote (in all caps!) his notes, so it passed through his head at least once. Low bar, low bar…”