‘What is that?!’ Even CNN ridicules Biden’s joke of a 2024 reelection non-announcement

President Joe Biden said he was running for reelection Monday while standing on the South Lawn with his minder, first lady Jill Biden, before stressing that his declaration was not an official announcement.

The non-announcement announcement came during a somewhat incoherent interview with NBC Today‘s Al Roker at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, and even the reliable water carriers at CNN were confused.

“Earlier today, Al Roker was at the Easter Egg Roll and he asked President Biden about his reelection plans. Take a listen,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper said in setting up the segment.

In what serves as a damning tell on the cozy relationship between Biden and the media, Roker asked Biden about 2024, before adding, “Help a brother out, make some news for me.”

“Oh, no. Well, I plan on running, Al. But we’re not prepared to announce it yet,” Biden replied with a grin — he also rambled on about how many more Egg Rolls that would mean for him, not quite capable of grasping the exact number.

Cutting back to Tapper, the CNN anchor replied, “I mean, what is that? I plan on running, but we’re not going to announce it yet. So he’s running?”

“Yeah, he’s running,” former Biden official Michael LaRosa chimed in, as the rest of the panel he was part of laughed.

“So. But what? So what are we waiting for? I don’t even understand,” a confused Tapper added. “What? What is? He’s not going to announce it. He just announced it.”

“Sure. I don’t know what everybody’s waiting for. I don’t know what everybody’s talking about. I mean, I don’t think he has to announce until January,” LaRosa said. “If you ask me. I would let the Republicans and the media know. You know, events just focus on the debates every month coming up and every Republican trying to out-MAGA each other until January. Trump’s December court date. There’s lots of things that he can just focus on. And he’s proven to be a successful first-term president by just focusing on legislative politics, not campaign politics.”

“But why the kabuki?” Tapper asked.

Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Catherine Lucey offered an answer, suggesting that it has to do with fundraising.

“I think when he says, ‘I am not ready to announce it,’ they’re talking about a formal announcement, be it an email or a video or a rally where he declares this and that triggers certain, you know, fundraising rules and such,” Lucey explained. “And it seems to me from the people I talked to that the White House or the president’s advisors don’t see a lot of urgency in doing that.”

It’s not like Biden’s efforts are what really matters here. The Trump-hating media campaigned for him in 2020 while he hid out in his basement and they will do the same in 2024.

Tom Tillison

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