President Biden appeared to repeatedly lose his train of thought early on in his first press conference as commander-in-chief Thursday, asking reporters if they wanted him to go into detail in his answers and forgetting one of their questions.
The first moment occurred while the president was answering a question on the crisis at the southern border from PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor.
After speaking for four minutes about the migrant surge, the 46th president remarked, “And the other thing we’re doing, I might add,” before cutting himself off to ask, “Am I giving you too long of an answer? Because if you don’t want the detail…”
“I don’t know how much detail you want about immigration,” he continued, going on to say, “Maybe I’ll stop there.”
The commander-in-chief then took Alcindor’s follow up questions, in which she asked about the deliberations for migrants being permitted to stay as well as the filibuster.
After answering Alcindor’s question on migrants, Biden needed to be reminded again about the filibuster query.
The president spoke for another two minutes about the Senate, where Democrats are ramping up their push to abolish the legislative rule requiring 60 members to end debate on most topics and move forward to a vote, before losing his train of thought again.
“I have never been particularly poor at calculating how to get things done in the United States Senate. So the best way to get something done, if you, if you hold near and dear to you that you like to be able to, anyway,” he said, trailing off.
Biden sighed before appearing to finish up his answer, pledging, “We’re going to get a lot done, and if we have to, if there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”