President Joe Biden has faced criticism from various quarters following the publication of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on his management of classified documents. Notably, Democratic Representative Adam Smith from Washington expressed his disapproval of the president’s conduct during the press conference held on the evening of the report’s release. Smith specifically highlighted Biden’s snapping and yelling at reporters as a point of concern.
“Clearly, yesterday’s press conference, as you said, I’m a senior Democratic politician. I’ve been doing this for a long time. That’s not the way you want to do it. Okay?” he told CNN. “I think we can all agree on that. He was angry. He was frustrated by what came out. There was not a prepared, clear agenda of, okay, here’s my explanation, here’s what I’m doing. And it didn’t go well, okay? There’s no doubt about that. That needs to get better.
“But again, the most important thing is is he on top of the economy? I mean, look, look at how we have managed to. Everyone said we were going to be in a recession. We’re not now. There is still an affordability crisis. We got to make housing affordable. We got to make food more affordable,” the representative added.
“But he has negotiated a very difficult situation coming out of the pandemic, dealing with a series of international crises in a way that has been very coherent and has moved the policy forward. There’s no doubt in my mind right now that he’s capable of doing the job. Messaging. Very complicated if you’ve never run for office. All right. I like to think of myself as a reasonably articulate person. All right. And I’ve done this a long time. I’ve been in press conferences. I’ve been in town hall meetings where I wish, you good. I shouldn’t have said that. And then you try to fix it, and then you make it worse. Okay? It is not as easy as it looks,” he added.