Former Aides Recall Eye Rolls from Biden When Asked Not to Ad Lib Speeches
Much of Monday’s White House press briefing was dedicated to getting answers from the Obama administration on the slew of apologies Biden recently issued to foreign nations for several of his gaffes.
“As Biden seeks to fashion himself as a credible alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, his latest missteps have rekindled lingering questions about his ability to serve as commander in chief,” the AP reports.
And then there’s this damning detail from former Biden aides [emphasis added]:
Former aides who have prepped Biden say they repeated predetermined talking points to him over and over before sensitive meetings and high-profile speeches. The vast majority of the time he hits the script perfectly, the aides said.
But sometimes their pleas not to freelance were met with a roll of the eyes by Biden, who served for decades on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has strong views of his own.
So, Biden either deliberately ignores what his advisers tell him — or perhaps he’s forgetful.
The White House, at least publicly, doesn’t seem to care. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Biden “is somebody who continues to be a core member of the President’s national security team.”
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