President Biden went back to his fake White House set because the backdrop for his response to the disappointing September jobs report Friday, days after the mock-up was extensively panned on social media.
Despite the White House providing a number of venues match for presidential remarks — together with the Oval Office, the East Room, the State Dining Room and even the Brady Press Briefing Room — the administration has more and more opted to use the mannequin set up within the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, throughout from the manager mansion itself.
In latest weeks, Biden has used the venue for getting a COVID-19 booster shot, in addition to for digital conferences — whether or not with CEOs on elevating the federal debt ceiling, world leaders on the pandemic and local weather change, or FEMA employees on the progress of Hurricane Ida — and remarks on Aug. 23 through which he urged employers to undertake vaccine mandates.
According to the White House web site, the South Court Auditorium has been used for 36 official occasions involving Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris fewer than 9 months into their time period of workplace. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield have additionally used the set for occasions.
The set triggered a social media frenzy Wednesday throughout Biden’s name with CEOs when viewers famous a digitally created view of the White House Rose Garden behind one of many cutout home windows.
Former President Donald Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller instructed on Twitter that the auditorium was chosen “because it allows him [Biden] to read a script directly from a face-on monitor (& w/out teleprompter glass that can be seen on camera).”
Other social media customers ridiculed the president for utilizing a “literal game show set,” whereas others accused him of intentionally attempting to deceive Americans into considering he was within the White House.
“Why did the White House build a literal game show set complete with fake windows for Joe Biden???” tweeted Abigail Marone, press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), summing up the views of many. “So weird.”