American presidential election: what is this formidable test that Joe Biden will have to face this Thursday evening ?

American presidential election: what is this formidable test that Joe Biden will have to face this Thursday evening ?

Le démocrate de 81 ans joue sa survie politique ce jeudi soir. Consolidated News Photos – Ting Shen – Pool via CNP

The 81-year-old Democrat is giving a press conference this Thursday, July 11. Since his disastrous debate against Donald Trump, concern has grown within his party about his ability to govern the country.

Joe Biden, who now stakes his political survival at every public appearance, will face a formidable test for his presidential candidacy this Thursday, July 11 by giving a press conference, an exercise that&#39 ;he doesn't like it. And it will be "a big boy press conference", promises the White House, without further details on the duration or the progress.

This curious expression undoubtedly aims to distinguish this meeting from the short, well-marked question/answer sessions to which the American president generally lends himself in the company of the foreign leaders he receives, and during which four journalists in total, designated in advance, ask questions.

At 5:30 p.m., at the conference center which is hosting a NATO summit in Washington this week, Joe Biden will have to have repartee, express himself clearly, #39;a confident voice, without notes and without a teleprompter.

In short, everything he was unable to do on June 27 during a debate against his Republican opponent Donald Trump, whom he will face during the # 39;s presidential election in November. The 81-year-old Democrat has failed since this calamitous televised duel to allay the doubts gnawing at his party.

"For the good of the country"

This Wednesday, July 10, Peter Welch, of Vermont, is the first Democratic senator to have directly called on him to "withdraw from the race& quot; to the White House, "for the good of the country".

Several elected officials from the other chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives, did the same. They were joined by actor George Clooney, a fervent democrat and a powerful fundraiser.

Big names in the party, like former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, are insistently calling on the American president to " make a decision". Implying that the one he has already taken, namely remaining in the race, is necessarily not the right one.

Donald Trump also had a word for George Clooney, calling him a "fake movie actor", and suggesting he "retiring from politics and returning to television".

Since becoming president, Joe Biden has given 36 press conferences, according to researcher Martha Joynt Kumar, cited by Axios. Among his six predecessors, only Republican Ronald Reagan had done less.

"Friends, it's almost 6:00 p.m. With all due respect, I'll see you at the next conference. Ok?", This is how Joe Biden concluded a marathon exchange of almost two hours with journalists in January 2023. But from "next"press conference, there was none, or at least not of this length.

“Going to bed”

In September 2023, for example, he gave one during a trip to Vietnam, which he ended by telling the press that he “was going to bed”. Donald Trump, while violently attacking the media, could not resist a microphone or a camera when he was president, often staying more than an hour with the journalists.

His successor at the White House has most often given his press conferences in two specific settings: trips abroad or visits by foreign leaders.

For the rest, Joe Biden is content to answer, occasionally and briefly, one or two questions on the fly from a small group of reporters gathered for one of his speeches or traveling with him.

This crucial test therefore comes after several very busy days for the octogenarian president, who is determined to prove his vitality at all costs. In the space of a week, for example, he campaigned in two key states, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, gave an interview to ABC, and participated in NATO summit meetings, hosting a dinner Wednesday night for leaders of the defense organization's member countries.

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