President Joe Biden addressed the White House Correspondents’ Association on Saturday night, the first time a President has spoken at the event in six years.
(Briefing Sunday news: Original source NPR News)
The President talked about the criticism he has faced in his first 15 months in power, and joked to the media: “I’m really excited to be here tonight with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than I have”.
He also made light of the “Let’s Go Brandon” slogan, which is used by the opposition to swear at the president. “Republicans seem to support one fella, some guy named Brandon,” Biden said. “He’s having a really good year. I’m happy for him”.
Biden was addressing an audience of 2,600 people, including journalists, government officials, and celebrities.
He also had a dig at Fox News. “I know there are a lot of questions about whether we should gather here tonight because of COVID. Well, we’re here to show the country that we’re getting through this pandemic. Plus, everyone has to prove they are fully vaccinated and boosted,” Biden said. “Just contact your favorite Fox News reporter. They’re all here. Vaccinated and boosted.”
As well as jokes, Biden praised the role of journalism in American democracy. “I mean this from the bottom of my heart, that you, the free press, matter more than you ever did in the last century”, he said. “You are the guardians of the truth.”