Biden is set to hold his first official press conference on Wednesday, March 25, as confirmed by Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, on Tuesday.
Per WH’s Psaki: President Biden will hold a formal press conference on the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) March 16, 2021
President Biden’s first formal press conference as president will be Thursday, March 25, per @PressSec
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) March 16, 2021
This date marks Biden’s 64th day in office, which is dramatically longer than his predecessors. For instance, President Donald Trump held his first press conference 27 days after taking office; President Barack Obama held his 20 days after inauguration; and President George Bush held his 33 days after assuming the presidency. In contrast, Biden’s 64 days marks the longest period of time in a century in which an American president has not had his first press conference.
News regarding Biden’s first press conference was finally announced after Psaki was asked repeatedly about when Biden intended to communicate with the press directly. These questions have intensified as the White House has used the pandemic in order to limit the number of journalists in the press briefing room, as well as requiring certain reporters to submit their planned questions before one of Psaki’s press briefings.
Dana Perino, Former White House Press Secretary, remarked that announcing Biden’s first press conference so far in advance is not an optimal idea.
A Perino rule – never ever ever ever ever ever ever announce a press conference in nine days time. Wait until THAT MORNING, see what’s happening and THEN deploy. The press is gonna show up no matter what. But hey! It’ll be something to look forward to!
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) March 16, 2021
On “The Five,” she also demonstrated similar disbelief.
Fox News has pivoted from “why won’t Biden have press conferences?” to “why in the world would you announce a press conference 9 days from now?” pic.twitter.com/cRaX4XIcsm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 16, 2021
One can only imagine the gaffes that may ensue on March 25.