Biden has ditched using the Oval Office for press events because it ‘can’t fit a teleprompter’ and the fake stage can be set up with ‘easily read’ screen
- Biden often uses a ‘fake’ White House in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
- It is located just steps from the White House
- The room has a large teleprompter monitor Biden can read from
- Some critics have questioned why he doesn’t use the historic Oval more
- Biden spoke from the Roosevelt Room Wednesday and used a prompter
President Joe Biden has stepped back from using the Oval Office for press events because of complications about using a teleprompter there, according to a report.
Biden for months has sometimes shifted events to the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building – a renovated venue with changing digital images of the White House just a short walk away from the real thing.
But it might not be the high-tech lighting and digital features that make it appealing to the president’s press staff.
The White House ‘has largely abandoned using the Oval Office for press events in part because it can’t be permanently equipped with a teleprompter,’ Politico reported in a story about a potential Biden rematch with former President Donald Trump.
Biden’s aides ‘prefer’ the other venue for events, ‘sacrificing some of the power of the historic backdrop in favor of an otherwise sterile room that was outfitted with an easily read teleprompter screen.’
President Joe Biden (C) meets with small business owners in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 28 April 2022. Aides sometimes set up events in the ‘fake’ White House just steps away from the real one. It has a large screen teleprompter set up
That was a reference to the large monitor set up right across from where Biden usually stands. The venue also makes it easy to control where the press are stationed, and allows Biden to walk away quickly if he doesn’t want to take questions.
Biden made frequent use of it in earlier stages of the pandemic when his travel was severely curtailed, and it also works for zoom events.
Biden does sometimes invite the press into the Oval Office, including when he has met with world leaders, sometimes in front of a roaring fire during the winter.
He held an event Wednesday to speak about the economy and controlling the deficit in the Roosevelt Room – a small venue that was equipped with a teleprompter.
The Oval, dues to its size and shaped, may not be well suited for the device. Reporters cram into the room when the president speaks there, and they may have sight lines on the device, something advance planners usually try to avoid.
Biden spoke about the economy from the Roosevelt Room Wednesday, reading from a prompter and taking two questions from reporters who crammed in
There isn’t a natural place to put a teleprompter in the Oval Office, and reporters could likely read it if it were set up
Former President Donald Trump sometimes ridiculed opponents for relying on a teleprompter, and used one himself frequently as president
Biden relies on a prompter and paper notecards when he has events
The White House physician noted Biden’s stiffened gate in a report on Biden’s physical last year. Biden is eyeing a run to prevent Trump from retaking the White House, and Trump, 75, is eying a rematch with Biden
Biden sometimes has a notecard that he takes out of his pocket or places on his lap during those events.
Biden used paper notes delivering a eulogy for former Secretary of State Madeline Albright at the National Cathedral in Washington.
He also frequently speaks off the cuff – but sometimes leaves his press staff to play cleanup when he does.
The White House physician called Biden, 79, ‘healthy’ and ‘vigorous’ in his physical last year. He broke a bone in his foot in 2020 that has contributed to his ‘stiffened gait,’ the physical noted.
Biden has communicated to allies that former President Donald Trump is a threat to the nation and he is the only one who can beat him, according to Politico.
And Biden tore into MAGA from the White House on Wednesday – at the event that included a prompter.
‘This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in recent American history,’ Biden said. He also corrected himself when he accidentally said ‘mega.’
‘For decades, the trickle-down economics has failed as income inequity grew to historic levels under the Republicans,’ Biden said. ‘The MEGA Republicans — the MAGA Republicans – excuse me, I don’t want to mispronounce it. The MAGA Republicans,’ he said.