Biden Versus the Pen: Pen Wins Struggle

Craig Bannister | January 26, 2021 | 7:53pm EST
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President Joe Biden repeatedly failed in a struggle to put a pen in his jacket pocket at a signing ceremony on Tuesday. Giving up the fight, he turned to a more cooperative pants pocket.


The pen proved mightier than the president at an event where he signed a host of executive orders intended to combat systemic racism. Biden appears to have accepted the defeat graciously, laughing off his failure.

Biden’s former boss, then-President Barack Obama, famously declared in 2014 that "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone," boasting that he could circumvent Congress by signing executive orders.


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