When former President Donald Trump was in the White House, most of the public likely wasn’t aware of the phrase “calling a lid,” as Trump worked tirelessly and transparently for all Americans, virtually around the clock.
That’s certainly not the case with President Joe Biden, which was evidenced once again after an extended weekend at his Delaware home. Biden flew back to the White House on Monday morning for a meeting before his team announced that a lid was called at 1:48 p.m. EST, which was about four hours after he returned to work, according to Breitbart.
Biden’s original plans included returning to Washington D.C. on Sunday night, but those plans were ultimately canceled after the president spent Sunday on the golf course, presumably tiring out the 78-year-old man.
On Monday, just prior to the lid, Biden spoke publicly for roughly 20 minutes on the COVID-19 pandemic, a speech in which he warned that unvaccinated Americans “will end up paying the price.”
“Ultimately, those who are not vaccinated will end up paying the price. The vaccinated will continue to be protected against severe illnesses, but others may not be if you’re not vaccinated,” the president said.
Interestingly, as he was wrapping up his pandemic speech, a reporter asked him about the ongoing, deadly situation unfolding in Israel where Israeli forces continue to clash with Hamas terrorists. Biden indicated that he was set to speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shortly after and hinted that he might update the press on the contents of the call, but that never happened.
It should be noted that when a lid is called, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the president is done working for the day, rather, it means that the president no longer has any scheduled public work for the remainder of the day.
While all presidents have used the press lid to some degree, between Biden’s constant lids on the campaign trail and then in the White House, it’s no wonder why Trump and conservative pundits mock him for it, as he already appears to be a frail, elderly man who probably enjoys a good nap.
The mockery and jokes haven’t stopped Biden’s people from continuing to use the tactic, but it raises questions as to why a sitting president calls so many lids in the face of multiple crises he and his administration should be dealing with around the clock.