President Biden will on Thursday hold his first press conference since entering the White House, after having gone longer than any other U.S. president in over 100 years without holding such an exchange with reporters.
Biden has been under presser from the news media to hold a full-on, unscripted, back-and-forth with reporters – considering the number of pressing issues before him and the demand from Americans to know where he stands on those matters.
Among those issues are the rapid influx of migrants at the southwest U.S. border, his intentions with gun control and how his proposed federal tax increase will impact U.S. households.
Such rapid-fire exchanges with reporters are also consider a good test for how prepared and sharply a president a full scope of issues.
Several former presidents have allowed for live, unscripted interactions during a press conference in their first few weeks in office, which has made Biden's circumstance unusual being 64 days into his term. During the 2020 presidential campaigning period, Biden rarely allowed questions from the press, and attributed his frequent basement appearances to the coronavirus.