(MENAFN- Colombo Gazette)
US President Joe Biden, on Monday, was caught on a hot microphone describing a reporter as a stupid son of a bitch.
The response was made when the reporter asked him a question about inflation and the midterm elections during a White House event on lowering prices for American families, Washington Post reported.
The reporter, Peter Doocy of Fox News Channel, later said the president called him and told him the comment was“nothing personal.”
Doocy was one of several reporters who shouted questions at the president at the end of Monday's event.
“Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” Doocy asked.
Biden responded by ridiculing Doocy's question, then using an obscenity to describe Doocy himself.
“It's a great asset. More inflation,” Biden said sarcastically, adding:“What a stupid son of a bitch.”
Fox News pointed to Doocy's remarks about the exchange during his subsequent appearances on the network. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Soon after Biden made the comment, Doocy stood outside of the White House to join Fox News's panel show,“The Five,” and gave his telling of what happened.
As the event drew to a close, Doocy said, members of the media pool began to shout questions at Biden, who said he wouldn't take any off-topic questions.
“So, I shouted out something that's not on my two pages of questions about crime,” Doocy said, holding the pages up to the camera. Instead, he shouted his question about inflation and the midterms. Biden's response was caught on a microphone, but Doocy couldn't hear it at the time.
It wasn't until later that someone approached Doocy in the briefing room to tell him what Biden said. But Doocy and Fox News host Jesse Watters laughed it all off, it seemed.
“So, Doocy, I think the president is right, you are a stupid SOB,” Watters said to laughter from the other panelists.
“Yeah,” Doocy replied with a smirk.“Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it's not true.”
Later Monday night, during an appearance on“Hannity,” Doocy said the president had called him to discuss what happened.
“Within about an hour of that exchange, he called my cellphone and he said, 'It's nothing personal, pal,'” Doocy said.“And we went back and forth, and we were talking about just, kind of, moving forward.”
Doocy said he told Biden that he is“always going to try to ask something different than what everybody else is asking” and that Biden replied,“You've got to.”
“And that's a quote from the president, so I'll keep doing it,” Doocy said.
The exchange marked only the latest outburst by Biden in response to a reporter's question in recent months. (Colombo Gazette / Washington Post)
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