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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who promised to keep the Trump Administration accountable on its response to the coronavirus pandemic in daily “shadow briefings,” has cancelled his live-streamed address for Wednesday after a series of media mishaps.

Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker announced on social media Wednesday that Biden had decided against an address because he’d already commanded enough airtime on CNN and ABC’s The View.

“Joe Biden cancelled his online press briefing that was scheduled today after making appearances on CNN and The View. His campaign says he will do the briefing again tomorrow,” Baker wrote.

The race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has largely disappeared from the headlines, and most upcoming primaries have either been cancelled or delayed, as Americans shelter in place amid a coronavirus pandemic. Fearing that he has no role in the national coronavirus response, unlike his rival for the nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Biden launched his “shadow briefings” in the hopes that he could overtake President Donald Trump’s daily press conferences — or at least present an opportunity to refute the president’s statements on the virus.

As Politico noted, however, in Biden’s first address the former Veep “was staid and somber, even as his remarks were marred by a few minor real-time snafus and slip-ups.”

“It wasn’t riveting TV,” the outlet noted. “And the speech barely made a blip.”

The subsequent media blitz was worse.

In an appearance on MSNBC, the former Vice President appeared to lose track of his whereabouts and suddenly began talking to himself, despite prompts from host Nicole Wallace. At one point, Biden called his remarks “a stupid way to say it,” causing an awkward silence between himself and Wallace, which ended only when Wallace suggested he repeat his analysis of the president’s leadership.

“No, no, probably best I don’t,” Biden replied.

At least in his MSNBC appearance, Biden still managed to criticize the president in a way that was understandable. He was downright inscrutable in a later appearance on ABC’s The View.

“We have to take care of the cure — that will make the problem worse no matter what, no matter what,” the former Vice President said, to much confusion.

Social media tried to decode Biden’s message, but to no avail.

In an appearance on CNN, Biden had to be taught how to cough into his elbow, and not his hand, by host Jake Tapper, who was clearly unnerved by Biden’s lack of hygiene.

“You know, you’re supposed to cough into your elbow,” Tapper suggested, pointing out that the method of preventing virus transmission gained popularity under the Obama Administration.

“I don’t know, sir. I learned that, actually, covering your White House,” Tapper said.

“No, actually that’s true,” Biden said, “but fortunately I’m alone in my home, but that’s okay.”

Tapper then went on to demonstrate how to sneeze appropriately, bringing his elbow to his mouth.

Biden has to hope, now, that President Donald Trump isn’t making inroads among Americans who might have questioned his leadership before this time of crisis. According to polls, though, that may be a long shot hope. Wednesday morning, Trump clocked the highest approval ratings of his presidency across several leading polls.


    Dumb interviewing stupid. How does that man get dressed every morning?

  • Mary Johnson says:

    Please we get our briefings from the President and the VP’s group don’t need someone that does not remember where or what he is running for.

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    “President Trump isn’t telling the truth about the Spanish Flu”
    “George Washington is a good friend of mine”
    “I discovered America before Christopher Columbus”
    “I’m Jack and I’m on top of the World”

    Things Joe Biden would say

  • LST says:

    I’d vote for Elmer Fudd before idiot brainless Biden.. Trump/Pence 202! ! ! !

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  • Lm says:

    I’m sad. I want him to keep doing it. We need some humor. And he should bring a shovel to each session to symbolize how he is burying himself. The DNC and his handlers must have given him a little yellow pill and put him in his playroom. I can’t wait for Trump to debate this clown

  • Dan Calabrese says:

    It’s actually painful to watch him.

  • CF