President Joe Biden whispered, walked across the stage and used the now-famous phrase “lying dog-faced pony soldier” as he answered questions from a set list of reporters in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sunday evening.
After spending two days in India for the G20 summit, Biden flew to Vietnam on Sunday to improve diplomatic ties between the countries and ended the day with a news conference.
The 80-year-old commander-in-chief joked that he didn’t know whether it was morning or evening and ended the 26-minute event by saying, “I’m going to bed.”
He regaled reporters with a story that he said was straight out of a John Wayne movie, showing the “Indians” — not the ones he had just met with — not believing it when a Union soldier said, “Anything will be fine” when they return to the reservation.
“And the Indian looks at John Wayne, points at the Union soldier and says, ‘He’s a lying, dog-faced pony soldier.’ Well, there are a lot of lying, dog-faced pony soldiers out there who are concerned about global warming. But not anymore,” Biden said. “Suddenly everyone realizes it’s a problem,” the president said, whispering into the microphone.
President Joe Biden held a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sunday evening after spending two days in India for the G20 summit. At the press conference, he spoke to reporters about a John Wayne film in which the “Indians” drew attention to climate change
President Joe Biden grabbed the handheld microphone and at one point left the podium to speak to a reporter standing at one side of the room
The president was asked if he was concerned that no agreement was reached on fossil fuels at the G20 summit in New Delhi.
He once used the phrase “lying dog-faced pony soldier” at a 2020 campaign rally in New Hampshire and at an event in Connecticut in June, where he also muttered, “God save the queen, man.”
Sunday’s bizarre moment came at a news conference that began more than an hour late and began with the president admitting that his aides had told him who he would call.
“They gave me five people here,” Biden said, returning to his habit of both calling from the list and speaking apologetically about it.
“I’m just following orders here,” he said at another point as he looked at his list to call another news organization or name as reporters in the audience frantically shouted and waved their hands to be called.
The questions were China-focused and Biden skipped answering questions when they were based on another question – so he did not address Russia-North Korea cooperation, nor Ukraine’s dissatisfaction with the G20 declaration of war No names were mentioned Russia as the aggressor.
The journalist’s choice also appeared to have resulted in Biden largely ignoring a group of U.S. print and television reporters eager to address domestic issues, such as his low poll numbers due to his advanced age and a possible indictment his son Hunter on a gun charge.
These polls show widespread concern about his age heading into a second term. An AP-NORC poll last week found that 77 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of Democrats, believe Biden too old to stand for re-election.
A Wall Street Journal poll on Monday had similar results: 73 percent of voters said Biden was too old to run again, including two-thirds of Democrats.
White House aides pointed to that tumultuous journey as evidence that Biden is up to the task.
“It’s evening, isn’t it?” Biden blurted out at the start of the press conference.
“This trip around the world in five days is interesting,” he also noted.
He later joked that the schedule was “not a problem.”
‘I can imagine. “It’s evening, let me remind you,” a BBC reporter quipped to the president.
At some point, Biden grabbed the handheld microphone and started walking.
He walked to the side of the stage where one of the five selected reporters was standing, but for a moment it appeared as if he would abandon the press conference.
Every reporter on the list was a woman, something that was not lost on a journalist from the independent, U.S.-backed Voice of America.
“Thank you very much, Mr. President.” “I hope you didn’t think calling only women would get you softballs tonight,” she told him.
Biden said that was not the case.
“Oh, I know better. If you sent me a softball, I wouldn’t know what to do with it. “I would probably hit worse,” Biden joked.
After Biden answered one of two questions posed to him by VOA, he told reporters: “I’ll tell you what, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to bed.”
But reporters in the audience kept shouting questions, prompting press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to intervene.
‘Thanks to you all. This ends the press conference. “Thanks everyone,” she said.
As the president tried to give a few more answers, loud jazz music began playing overhead, prompting Biden to leave the stage — and go to bed.