After speaking from a fake White House set with a digital monitor showing a rose garden, President Biden was criticized and mocked on social media.
This is not the first time the set has been used. It was constructed in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, across from the White House.
Biden often uses it for video conferences and events being broadcasted online. It’s also where he was shown receiving a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Stephen Miller, senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, said “The reason Biden uses this bizarre virtual set for televised meetings—and not an actual room like East Room, Cabinet, Oval, Roosevelt, Sit Room, etc.—is because it allows him to read a script directly from a face-on monitor (& w/out teleprompter glass that can be seen on camera)”.
Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec called it a “Truman Show Presidency”.
Fox 19 anchor Tricia Macke tweeted, “Is that a common thing? I saw pics of the set when he got the booster shot. I actually didn’t believe it was real”.
Abigail Marone, press secretary for Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, tweeted a photo of the set with the caption “Why did the White House build a literal game show set complete with fake windows for Joe Biden??? So weird”.
Part of the set has a seating area for the press and other attendees during events. It’s also used to host virtual meetings for Biden and members of his administration.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen have attended events with the President at the set.