by Penka Arsova
President Joe Biden marked his 50th day in office on Thursday but still hasn’t held a formal, solo news conference with reporters.
Biden’s “modern record”: Biden, as of now, has managed to go more than two months without facing reporters on his own. This makes him a “modern” record-holder, given that none of his predecessors in the last 100 years took that much time to address the press alone.
Most of the presidents in the last century held a press conference within the first month since their inauguration. Former President Trump held his first solo, formal news conference 27 days after taking office, while President Barack Obama had a presser 20 days after entering the White House. Even George W. Bush, who set the previous “modern” record, went only 33 days without a solo press conference.