‘Why did they build Biden a fake window game show set’: Republicans and critics mock Joe for his fake rose garden photo set
- A set on display this week showed flowers in bloom in the White House Rose Garden
- The comprehensive set was built in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
- This can make it look like Biden is in the White House, even though he’s only on the White House grounds
President Joe Biden grieves for a special ersatz that White House aides have built for presidential zoom sessions and other public events.
The Hollywood-style set is a stand-in for the White House, built on a podium in the humble South Court Auditorium in the Old Executive Office Building. It even has an outside view that can give the impression to an untrained viewer during a tight shot that it is the White House itself.
Biden has used it on multiple occasions, including at a “Build Back Better” event this week, where a fake window showed flowers in bloom in the rose garden, which is actually near and south of the White House itself.
The set is equipped with new lighting and large computer screens. Biden used them to zoom in with world leaders at the UN General Assembly meeting — an event he had personally attended in New York before returning to Washington.
President Joe Biden comes under criticism for using newly built set of fake windows and digital renderings of the rose garden
He also used the room when he got his COVID-19 booster shot.
The setup, which usually features flags, small desks and windows displaying digital images of the White House, has drawn derision online from many critics of Biden — who wonder why he doesn’t just use the real White House.
Why did the White House build a literal game show set complete with fake windows for Joe Biden??? So weird,” tweeted Abigain Marone, press secretary for Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). She added in another tweet, “WE LIVE IN AN EPISODE OF VEEP,” referring to the TV show.
Former Trump adviser Stephen Miller had his own take on the reasons behind the set — making Biden look and sound good at made-for-TV events.
“The reason Biden uses this bizarre virtual set for televised meetings — and not a real room like East Room, Cabinet, Oval, Roosevelt, Sit Room, etc. — is because it allows him to script directly from a face.” -readable on monitor (& without teleprompter glass visible on camera),’ he tweeted.
Light, camera, action! Biden has used the space, in an auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, for a series of events, including one with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (R) and Raytheon Technologies CEO Gregory Hayes (L)
US President Joe Biden holds up his sleeve to get his booster vaccination against coronavirus (COVID-19) in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House in Washington, US, September 27, 2021. The vaccine is real, but the windows and the view are not
The window scenes are varied at different events
The setup can be configured with huge screens and includes professional lighting
The fake views have led some more conspiratorial people to conclude that other things aren’t right, with one poster on Instagram even suggesting Biden get a “fake booster shot.” AN fact checker knocked down the idea as attention grew on the set.
The setup is not brand new. DailyMail.com tweeted about this in late September, noting that the windows were sunny on a mostly cloudy day.
The auditorium has benefits beyond the decor itself. When the president appears there, reporters sit in auditorium-style chairs set back from the raised podium, making it difficult to make eye contact or ask a question.
Biden has other rooms at his disposal — but recent events in the Oval Office with dignitaries have shown aides trying to get journalists trying to shout questions to leave.