President Biden finished fielding questions following his solo press conference after today's some two-and-a-half hour long bilateral summit with Putin in Geneva (shorter than widespread expectations). Just as he was walking away from the podium, reporters in the press pool continued shouting him down with questions. It seems many weren't satisfied with his apparently more amicable and conciliatory than expected stance on Putin and Russia generally.
Specifically it seems some were disappointed that he didn't personally condemn Putin with harsher language, and that's when this unexpected scene played out... "What the Hell?" the US President shouted back at CNN's Kaitlan Collins after she got his attention by calling out his saying he was "confident" about the future trajectory of US-Russia dialogue.
President Biden snaps at CNN's @kaitlancollins who asks why he's "confident" Putin will change his behavior:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 16, 2021
"I'm not confident I'm going to change his behavior. What the hell? What do you do all the time?... If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business." pic.twitter.com/LSX0QY2AF1
"What do you do all the time?... If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business," a clearly agitated and angry Biden followed with, appearing to immediately 'get personal' instead of dealing directly with the question.
The clip went viral in the moments after if happened, with some quipping that "Biden needs to take anger management classes."
NOW - Biden snaps at CNN reporter: "What the hell... what do you do all day? If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business." pic.twitter.com/aMsWFnN2DJ— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) June 16, 2021
It's hilarious and just a tad bit ironic that it was CNN feeling the wrath of the Democratic president. It seems perhaps the "never-Trumper" mainstream media honeymoon with Biden could finally be over with this moment.
And we hardly have to imagine the collective pundit class outrage! that would ensue if this had been Trump - though journalist Glenn Greenwald comes close to capturing the avalanche of accusations that would surely come if this had been the former president...
Biden aggressively insulting and demeaning a female reporter while she's just doing her job, all in front of her colleagues:pic.twitter.com/ky1PBBHSJ8— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 16, 2021
Only days ago, Biden was being heralded as the "cool man under pressure" who would finally stare down Putin and "win".
But apparently it's his own traveling White House press pool that got under his skin more than his Russian counterpart ever did.
Biden later expressed regret for the exchange, which he chalked up to simply acting like "a wise guy":
Biden says he's sorry for having been "such a wise guy"https://t.co/XISoCoJrU3— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 16, 2021