Tuesday marked the final day of primaries for 2022. The next stop for our democracy is November elections. The three final primaries were held in Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The results for Republican leadership were not particularly good. You might remember that before President Joe Biden was Vice President Joe Biden he was Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. On Tuesday, President Biden decided to do his civic duty and cast his vote in the Delaware primaries. It seems that Biden didn’t inform the press in advance of his plans to vote in his home state’s primary.
As a result, the traditional media—the one that GOP officials and the like call “liberal” or “left-wing”—have been making a lot of strange hay about this. The New York Times, for example, tweeted: “President Biden voted in the Delaware primary election on Tuesday. The process involved a hasty announcement to the press, multiple motorcades and two jet flights.” The tenor of this headline sort of makes things sound like there was some kind of chaos in the White House. Of course, the resulting article, with the more benign headline “Biden Flies Home to Wilmington to Vote in Delaware Primary,” also includes this piece of information: “But the pilgrimage back to his home state to cast a vote is a familiar one for sitting presidents, and typically affords an opportunity to connect with voters.”
You see what they did there? Sadly, the Times was not alone.
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Here’s Associated Press White House correspondent Zeke Miller pushing some sad-face emoji.
But it was a lot more depressing than that.
It is one thing to discuss a sitting president who spends taxpayer resources playing golf no less than a third of the time he is in office and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars taking recreational golf trips that funnel taxpayer dollars into his own businesses. It is another thing to use resources to go and vote in our democracy.
Senior White House and Political Correspondent for CBS News Ed O’Keefe had a six-tweet-long run that began: “Aboard AF1 to Detroit, @PressSec pressed by reporters on why @POTUS and @FLOTUS flew back to Delaware Tues. for primary day and didn't vote early in person or absentee.” If you got past that hot mess of an opening statement and worked your way to his final tweet, you would have read this:
Huh. Maybe you could have led with that?
If you want to argue that Biden’s team could have planned things better in order to save the environment from wasted airplane emissions, you need to do better than this.
Here’s Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs.
You might remember her as the Bloomberg reporter Trump called “my Jennifer.”
That “liberal” media!
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