After trying to talk tough to the terrorists who killed American troops in an attack on Kabul’s airport, Joe Biden met an opponent he was unable to browbeat into submission — Fox News reporter Peter Doocy.
“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said as he read from his teleprompter.
He then took questions from a select group of reporters, picking Doocy because, he said, the Fox News reporter is “the most interesting guy in the press.”
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Doocy started by asking Biden if he bears any responsibility for what happened in Afghanistan. Biden responded by saying he does, then went on to blame Donald Trump. That, however, didn’t work out too well for him as Doocy informed him in no uncertain terms that, “Donald Trump is not the President anymore.”
Biden ended up burying his head in his hands.
It was not one of his better moments, as many on Twitter observed.
Optics disaster pic.twitter.com/g2FJtZAGAa
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 26, 2021
What an image. pic.twitter.com/GSjWHV50ov
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 26, 2021
Indeed… 80 million votes? Really?
Good lord. https://t.co/z2uiwMivB7
— I Didn’t Vote For This Incompetent Old Clown (@corrcomm) August 26, 2021
This is surreal. We have no president. pic.twitter.com/OYqRLZ61h8
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) August 26, 2021
This is what weakness looks like. pic.twitter.com/a7vqlqYUhU
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 26, 2021
Here’s video as posted by Newsbusters:
Curtis Houck also posted a transcript of the exchange:
PETER DOOCY: Mr. President, there had not been a U.S. service member killed in combat in Afghanistan since February of 2020. You set a deadline. You pulled troops out. You sent troops back in and now 12 Marines are dead. You said the buck stops with you. Do you bear any responsibility for the way that things have unfolded in the last two weeks?
BIDEN: I bear responsibility for fundamentally all that has happened of late. But here’s the deal, you know I wish you one day say these things. You know as well as I do that a former President made a deal with the Taliban that we get all American forces out of Afghanistan by May 1. In return, the commitment was made — that was a year before — in return, he was given a commitment that the Taliban would continue to attack others but would not attack any American forces. Remember that? I’m being serious.
DOOCY: But Mr. President —
BIDEN: No, no, I’m asking you a question.
DOOCY: Donald Trump is not the President anymore.
BIDEN: No, wait a minute. I’m asking you a question. Is that accurate, to the best of your knowledge?[INAUDIBLE DOOCY]
BIDEN: Oh, wait —
DOOCY: Since — I don’t think this is an issue that — do you think that people have an issue with pulling out of Afghanistan or just the way that things have happened?
BIDEN: I think they have an issue that people are likely to get hurt, some as we’ve seen, gotten killed, and that it is messy. The reason why — whether my friend will acknowledge it or has reported it, the reason why there were no attacks on Americans, as you said, from the date until I came into office was because the commitment was made by President Trump. “I will be out by May 1.” In the meantime, you agree not to attack any Americans.” That was the deal. That’s why no American was attacked.
DOOCY: And you said it yourself a few days ago. You said you’d squarely stand by your decision to pull out.
BIDEN: Yes, I do because look at it this way, folks. And I’m going — I have another meeting, for real. But imagine where we’d be if I had indicated on May the first, I was not going to renegotiate an evacuation date. We were going to stay there. I had only one alternative. Pour thousands of more troops back into Afghanistan to fight a war that we had already won relative to the reason we went in the first place. I have never been of the view that we should be sacrificing American lives to try to establish a democratic government in Afghanistan, a country that has never once in it’s entire history been a united country, and is made up — and I don’t mean this in a derogatory — made up of different tribes who have never, ever, ever gotten along with one another. And as I said before, and this is the last comment I will make. We’ll have more chance to talk about this — unfortunately — beyond — cause we are not out yet. If Osama bin Laden as well as al-Qaeda had chosen to launch an attack when they left Saudi Arabia out of Yemen, would we have ever gone to Afghanistan? Even though the Taliban completely controlled Afghanistan at the time. Would we have ever gone? I know it’s not fair to ask you a question. Raise your hand if you think we should have gone and given up thousands of lives and tens of thousands of wounded. Our interest in going was to prevent al-Qaeda from emerging. First to get bin Laden, wipe out al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, prevent that from happening again. As I have said a hundred times, terrorism has metastasized around the world. We have greater threats coming out of other countries, a heck of a lot closer to the United States. We don’t have military encampments there. We don’t keep people there. We have over there a rising capability to keep them from coming after us. Ladies and gentlemen, it was time to end a 20-year war. Thank you, so much.
That wasn’t the only memorable moment of the day. The Gateway Pundit noted that at one point in the presser, Biden appeared to be slack-jawed with “vacant eyes.”
Others noticed as well:
Biden’s face after concluding his moment of silence pic.twitter.com/QRZSwCqOxC
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 26, 2021
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