Recent reports have surfaced of a side of President Joe Biden that many people may not be familiar with – his temper.
The president’s usual public persona as a jovial, grandfatherly, caring kind of guy is not often associated with having a quick-trigger temper.
However, Axios reported that “no one is safe” from experiencing the wrathful side of Biden and recalled an incident from years ago when he confronted Jeff Zients (prior to becoming Biden’s chief of staff) during a shortage of Covid testing kits.
The report went on to say that some aides take colleagues along with them to meetings in order to provide protection against potential outbursts from the president. These admonitions can include phrases such as “God dammit, how the f**k don’t you know this?!,” “Don’t f**king bullsh*t me!” and “Get the f**k out of here!”
Former and current administration officials have described these reactions as angry interrogations rather than erratic tantrums.
“Biden’s defenders acknowledge he can be tough,” the report says. “But they also say he can be more generous and compassionate than many powerful politicians and can make them feel like family. That’s partly why so many aides have worked with Biden for decades, and go in and out of his orbit, they say.”
Despite Biden’s usual portrayal of himself as a composed and steadying figure in public, there are purported discussions among some members of his team about the potential benefits of occasionally allowing his temper to surface. The idea behind that is a belief that it could counteract persistent doubts regarding his age and vitality.
In September 2021, a book revealed that soon after Biden took office, he raged about former President Donald Trump’s presence in the White House with a vulgar outburst.
In the book “Peril,” journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detail the beginning months of Biden’s administration.
Of note, Woodward busts Biden for calling the White House a “tomb,” which is certainly something that the mainstream media would have attacked Trump for had he said that.
Biden also reportedly referred to Trump as a “f**king a**hole.”
Biden and his advisers hated to utter Trump’s name, Woodward and Costa write, and aides “frequently warned each other to please avoid the ‘T’ word.” In the White House one night, Biden discovered a room where a huge screen covered the wall, which Trump used to virtually play famous golf courses, according to the book.
“What a f**king asshole,” Biden once said of Trump, according to the authors.
CNN also noted in its report on the book that Biden was not “comfortable” in the White House:
It wasn’t a comfortable transition. Biden started privately calling the White House “the tomb,” and he found the White House cold and lonely, according to the book.
“He is not comfortable living in the White House,” Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, told others, according to the authors.
Woodward and Costa write that Biden summoned Klain to Delaware to talk about his decision to run in March 2019. “I just feel like I have to do this,” Biden said. “Biden’s next words would stick forever with Klain,” the authors write: “This guy just isn’t really an American president.”
The book also alleges that U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held secret meetings behind Trump’s back and even discretely told leaders not to take military strike or nuclear orders from Trump days after the Jan. 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol.