President Biden displayed his notoriously thin skin while rolling out his COVID-19 plan Thursday, rebuking a White House pool reporter who asked if his new goal of 1 million vaccine injections a day was too low.
“When I announced it, you all said it’s not possible — come on, gimme a break, man! It’s a good start,” Biden said at the White House during his first full day in office.
The reporter had asked Biden if his goal was ambitious enough given the current demand.
“Is that high enough? Shouldn’t you set the goal higher? That’s basically where the US is right now,” the reporter shouted after Biden finished signing 10 executive orders relating to the multifaceted plan.
Biden took office Wednesday with an estimated 912,497 vaccine doses being delivered per day under outgoing President Donald Trump, according to Bloomberg News data.
President Joe Biden holds a booklet as he speaks about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House on Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Biden brushed off the question and abruptly got up from his desk and walked out with Vice President Kamala Harris in tow.
He had moments earlier signed executive orders pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic, including a new requirement that foreign visitors quarantine on arrival.
This is far from the first time Biden has lost his cool with a questioner at a public event.
At a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., in June 2020, Biden, 78, lashed out when one reporter asked about people, including Trump, who questioned whether he suffered mental deficits — the questioner noting his own mental deterioration at age 65 and asking if Biden had been tested for cognitive decline.
“You’re a lying dog face,” Biden said, apparently irritated that the reporter kept asking questions as he tried to leave the event, before adding that he was “constantly tested.”
That came after Biden infamously called a college student a “lying dog-faced pony soldier” at a campaign event in New Hampshire in February 2020.
Mercer University student Madison Moore, 21, said it was “humiliating to be called a liar on national TV by the former vice president.”