After the US president Joe Biden became world news after insulting Fox News journalist Peter Doocy on Monday, calling him a “stupid son of a bitch” during a White House conference, The president of the United States contacted the reporter in an attempt to tone down what happened: “It’s nothing personal, friend,” he told him.
During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s primetime show on the Fox network, the journalist revealed that Biden had called him and the two had made amends. “About an hour after what happened, he called me on my cell phone and said, ‘It was nothing personal, friend.’ And we talked about it and moving on,” he explained.
He also specified that he explained to Biden that he will always try to “ask him something different than the others,” and that the president replied: “You have to do it.”
But nevertheless, When asked if Biden had apologized, Doocy avoided confirming it and said that he appreciated that the president had communicated to “cool things off”, appreciating that he did so at a time of global tension due to the situation between Russia and Ukraine.
Known for the incisive tone of his questions, Doocy downplayed what had happened: “I appreciate the president taking a couple of minutes tonight while I was still at his desk to call me and clear things up.”
Doocy has had several tense exchanges with White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki., because their questions reflect the conservative bias of Fox News and are sometimes based on premises based on misinformation.
Until now, however, Biden has not shown similar disrespect to any journalist, although last week he said that the question he had been asked by another Fox News reporter was “stupid.”
The moment of outburst
When the reporters were leaving the room, the journalist from the favorite channel of the conservatives and one of the favorites of former Republican President Donald Trump, asked him if he believed that inflation could be a political handicap. Biden, in a low voice and without getting up, began by saying ironically: “It’s a great advantage. More inflation.”
Then, possibly unaware that the microphone was on, he muttered, “Stupid son of a bitch.” This slip is a new sign of the nervousness of the 79-year-old Democrat, who faces a low popularity rating among the public.
Inflation, at a level not seen in 40 years, is hitting Americans hard with less than 10 months to go before the mid-term elections, which promise to be difficult for Democrats.
Joe Biden was immediately bombarded with criticism from Republicans. “So presidential,” conservative Congressman Josh Hawley sarcastically tweeted, as some of his colleagues wryly replayed old calls for Biden’s moderation.