President Joe Biden is set to make a rare appearance in an unscripted environment: “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon hosts the commander-in-chief on Friday, according to an announcement by the program.
And that has some people mighty concerned.
“Tomorrow night is going to be a big show: President @joebiden is here! #FallonTonight,” The Tonight Show tweeted with a clip of Fallon making the announcement Thursday evening.
— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) December 9, 2021
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also announced the president’s appearance, noting on Twitter, “@POTUS on @FallonTonight tomorrow. Tune in!”
What is generating concern, however, is that Biden, 79, has given fewer than a dozen interviews since he took office on Jan. 20 — far fewer than predecessors Barack Obama and Donald Trump at the same points in their first term, DailyMail.com noted.
He last spoke to ABC News in late August amid the United States’ deadly, turbulent withdrawal from Afghanistan.
And “unlike Trump, Biden ignores questions roared at him by reporters, sparking rumors that he is mentally unfit for an on-the-spot grilling about policy,” the outlet reported.
“And the convivial atmosphere on Fallon has triggered concerns the rare sit-down will be a soft-soap affair, with Biden able to dodge hot button issues such as inflation and critical race theory,” DailyMail.com added.
Regarding his alleged mental unfitness, on Thursday Biden was ridiculed online after it appeared as though he did not understand he had come to the end of a eulogy he was reading regarding former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), who passed away this week at the age of 98.
“And then the message said, ‘End of message,'” Biden said, with many accusing him of not understanding he was at the end of his eulogy.
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) December 9, 2021
Other Twitter users indicated they don’t think Fallon plans on asking Biden anything of substance.
I’m sure the hard-hitting questions we all want answers to will be asked. Wait. I got that wrong.
I’m sure it’ll be a typical leftist media fluff piece. https://t.co/FbspABAcZl
— Patriot73 (@Patriot736) December 10, 2021
That will fix everything! https://t.co/FltbIdMPrz
— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) December 10, 2021
Biden seems to have an affinity for cokeheads. How strange is it that this regime keeps trying to make Joe look whatever their version of cool is?
— Proud Snow Possum and American Patriot (@melissamiller33) December 10, 2021
Biden will make late-night show debut on Fallon’s The Tonight Show
🙄pre-approved questions https://t.co/9xBm5Ct97m
— dee 🇺🇸 (@Dorrie027) December 10, 2021
— Bob Jackson (@BobJack77689762) December 10, 2021
It’s not clear if the president will appear live — some Twitter users speculated that the time slot is long past his bedtime — or if the show has already been taped. Either way, he won’t be in-studio, DailyMail.com reported; he’ll be appearing virtually.
Biden last appeared on Fallon’s show in 2016 when he was still serving as Obama’s vice president. At this point in their presidencies, Obama had taken part in 131 interviews and Trump had participated in 57, Politico reported.
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