Biden signals he’s ready to fight with marathon presser

When President Biden broke the record for the longest news conference in White House history on Wednesday, he was sending a message to his critics, the chattering class and the Republican Party: Come at me.

After a year of questions from Fox News anchors about his mental acuity, grumblings from Republicans about “Biden in Hiding,” and even snide remarks from the press corps about his lack of news conferences and sit-down interviews, the president stood in the East Room for nearly 120 minutes and answered roughly 187 questions.

Over an hour into the news conference, Biden, who was settled in behind the podium, quipped: “How long are you guys ready to go? You want to go for another hour or two?”