Over four long years, Donald Trump never had a good relationship with any White House reporter (unless they’re from OANN). Quite the contrary. If he singled them out, it was to insult them, call them stupid, trash their outlet. Joe Biden hasn’t been on the job even a week and he’s already made friends with the “enemy” — which is to say he’s already got a jokey buddy comedy routine going with a staffer from Fox News.
That person is Peter Doocy, son of Fox & Friends mainstay Peter. On Monday, Biden lightly razzed the longtime Fox News journalist, saying he always asks me tough questions, and [they] always have an edge to them.” But he jokingly added, “I like him anyway.” The very next day Biden was at it with Doocy again.
PETER DOOCY: Mr President, what did you talk to Vladimir Putin about?
PRESIDENT BIDEN: You. He sends his best. pic.twitter.com/Fq0zglc9aK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 26, 2021
In one of his first days in office, Biden fielded a phonecall from Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, whose administration been accused of tampering in the last two American elections. As Tuesday’s press conference was ending, Doocy shouted out a final question, asking what he and Biden had talked about. Biden quickly quipped, “You,” adding, “He sends his best.”
It’s clear Doocy is going to be a thorn in the Biden administration’s side. But it’s also clear that Biden knows how to deal with it: with a charming soft jab, a bit of light sarcasm, not the thin-skinned maelstrom Trump brought to everyone who asked him a question he didn’t like. And for a second day in a row, people loved the rapport they’ve developed.
A president with a sense of humor. Love it.
Peter Doocy from Fox News asks Biden what he spoke to Putin about.
Biden’s response: pic.twitter.com/4steGy7gcR
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 26, 2021
Peter Doocy getting famous but perhaps not for the right reasons. https://t.co/rBUDJbPGdF
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) January 26, 2021
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 26, 2021
Peter Doocy is going to end up being this administration's Jonah from @VeepHBO
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 26, 2021
Replying to Fox News’s Steve Doocy. This was Biden shade. https://t.co/CFGbSIuPQh
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) January 26, 2021
Giving Peter Doocy the respect he deserves. https://t.co/2Zp9cCPbik
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) January 26, 2021
Some accused Biden of dodging Doocy’s question. Thing is, a readout of his Putin conversation is already on the White House website, for all to see.
All the people whining about Biden note answering the question that Doocy asked re: the call with Putin should be aware of the fact that the readout is already on the White House website.
Transparency has been lacking for years and I think people forget that this stuff existed. pic.twitter.com/tM78Wh02I4
— John Spartan (@SpartanResist) January 26, 2021