The old story: Biden team veers from humour to hardball to tackle age issue

September 17, 2023

Joe Biden began his press conference at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi in Vietnam at 9.09pm local time. But unusually, the White House fired back. The White House points out that he “literally” travelled around the world – more than 18,000 miles – in under five days and met 20-plus foreign leaders. A report on CNN’s website said the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, had “abruptly” ended the session and foregrounded Biden’s comment about “going to bed”. At this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner he made fun of his age several times.