“President Biden called NBC journalist Lester Holt a “wise guy” Thursday when the veteran TV anchor pointed out that Biden erroneously said high inflation would be temporary and that instead it surged to a new 40-year high.
“I think it was back in July, you said inflation was going to be temporary. I think a lot of Americans are wondering what your definition of temporary is,” Holt said during the president’s first TV interview of 2022.
“Well, you’re being a wise guy with me a little bit,” Biden said. “And I understand, that’s your job.”
The federal Consumer Price Index found overall consumer costs up 7.5 percent in January versus one year earlier — dashing White House predictions that the figure would begin to fall.
Comment: Holt is about as mild mannered and inoffensive a man as you are likely to find in the news bidness. His question was as plain and simple as he is. It is typical of Biden that he instinctively snarled at the man. This is the real Joe Biden unmasked. This is the Biden who left so many behind in Afghanistan because they were inconvenient. This the president who now announces in advance that he intends to abandon more in Ukraine if his own silliness and weakness convinces Putin that he can make some sort of move in eastern Ukraine.
In the same interview Biden categorically rejected the Army’s after-action report that realistically depicts the sorry mess that his administration and his post grad pals at State and NSC made in Afghanistan. pl