The first big leak from within the White House is here and while not terrible for Joe and Kamala, it is not the usual fawning media coverage the two have so far garnered. The Trump administration was full of leaks with multiple reporters making their careers spinning the palace intrigue into major book deals.
Biden’s team is Washington establishment. The kind that leak with discipline, but the honeymoon is over for Joe and Kamala – without concrete results, they will be dealing with a GOP house sooner than they can imagine.
According to the New York Times, Biden is a deliberative decision-maker oftentimes dwelling on what call to make too long. Analysis paralysis they call it although being well informed is critical in that job.
But that is not what has DC people talking. Biden, according to the New York Times, has a shot temper and can snap with outbursts of profanity.
From The New York Times:
Avoiding Mr. Biden’s ire during one of his decision-making seminars means not only going beyond the vague talking points that he will reject, but also steering clear of responses laced with acronyms or too much policy minutiae, which will prompt an outburst of frustration, often laced with profanity.
Let’s talk plain English here, he will often snap.
Interviews with more than two dozen current and former Biden associates provide an early look into how Mr. Biden operates as president — how he deliberates, whom he consults for advice and what drives his decisions as he settles into the office he has chased for more than three decades.
Mr. Biden is gripped by a sense of urgency that leaves him prone to flares of impatience, according to numerous people who regularly interact with him.
The president has said he expects to run for a second term, but aides say he understands the effect on his ability to advance his agenda if Republicans regain power in Congress next year.
He never erupts into fits of rage the way President Donald J. Trump did. And the current president rarely exhibits the smoldering anger or sense of deep disappointment that advisers to Mr. Obama became familiar with.
But several people familiar with the president’s decision-making style said Mr. Biden was quick to cut off conversations.
Three people who work closely with him said he even occasionally hangs up the phone on someone who he thinks is wasting his time. Most described Mr. Biden as having little patience for advisers who cannot field his many questions.
“You become so hyperprepared,” said Dylan Loewe, a former speechwriter for Mr. Biden. “‘I’ve got to answer every conceivable question he can come up with.’”
Some advisers who are new to Mr. Biden’s orbit have been on the receiving end of his anger in recent weeks.
During a meeting on March 30 in the Oval Office, the president lashed out at Xavier Becerra, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, for failing to have answers to his questions about the agency’s ability to take care of migrant children, according to two people familiar with the exchange.
"Let’s talk plain English here, he will often snap."https://t.co/9wJbKGVqVq— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) May 14, 2021