breaking news from the New York Times: Joe Biden is interested in policy and does his homework.https://t.co/A9XZL7r2sa
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) May 15, 2021
The Slightly-Soiled-Grey Lady is shocked, shocked:
… Quick decision-making is not Mr. Biden’s style. His reputation as a plain-speaking politician hides a more complicated truth. Before making up his mind, the president demands hours of detail-laden debate from scores of policy experts, taking everyone around him on what some in the West Wing refer to as his Socratic “journey” before arriving at a conclusion.
Those trips are often difficult for his advisers, who are peppered with sometimes obscure questions. Avoiding Mr. Biden’s ire during one of his decision-making seminars means not only going beyond the vague talking points that he will reject, but also steering clear of responses laced with acronyms or too much policy minutiae, which will prompt an outburst of frustration, often laced with profanity…
Mr. Biden is gripped by a sense of urgency that leaves him prone to flares of impatience, according to numerous people who regularly interact with him. The president has said he expects to run for a second term, but aides say he understands the effect on his ability to advance his agenda if Republicans regain power in Congress next year.
He never erupts into fits of rage the way President Donald J. Trump did. And the current president rarely exhibits the smoldering anger or sense of deep disappointment that advisers to Mr. Obama became familiar with.
But several people familiar with the president’s decision-making style said Mr. Biden was quick to cut off conversations. Three people who work closely with him said he even occasionally hangs up the phone on someone who he thinks is wasting his time. Most described Mr. Biden as having little patience for advisers who cannot field his many questions…
We thought we could spook that Obama guy. And working with TFG was so *fun*! But Joe just doesn’t appreciate how very, very significant we Media Mudlarks are…
What I argued 25 years ago (!) in Breaking the News:
Combo, for much of the media, of:
1) Theater-critic outlook (it’s all a performance);
2) Ever-present fear of being called “liberal-biased” [which of course will happen in any case].
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) May 15, 2021
Also, much of our Very Serious Media is hopelessly addicted to idiot clickbait:
This is as outrageous as Nancy Pelosi getting that special ice cream machine for her grandchildren! https://t.co/0Gb5HRe1hn
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) May 15, 2021