White House staff used a new feature for President Joe Biden on Monday, playing music as he stepped off his fake White House set.
As reporters shouted questions at the president, his staff played soft elevator music as he exited the special set opposite the White House in the Executive Office building. The set was built to resemble the White House, and the digital windows can be altered to project views of the rose garden.
This is the first time that White House staff have used the use of music strategy. The press usually shouts questions at the President as he leaves the stage, turning his back on the cameras and walking away, which creates an uncomfortable optic.
Biden is taking fewer questions as he continues to avoid interactions with the press, which continues to ask him questions about rising inflation, worker shortages, supply chain issues and high gas prices.
The president tried to set an optimistic tone about the economy as he addressed Americans ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I know, for a lot of Americans things are still very tough, very tough,” he said. “But if we look at the facts – all the facts – you can only come to one conclusion: we have made tremendous progress in this country.”