President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden kicked out the British media – to get the pub garden table they wanted, video shows.
Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North American editor, had been sitting on the terrace at Treganna Castle in Cornwall on Thursday when he was apparently surprised by the unexpected arrival of the commander-in-chief and his wife.
“A first in my career. @POTUS comes and sits down at the table in a bar next to me and orders a drink. Am I trying to act carelessly, “he tweeted next to the video of him shouting,” How are you, Mr. President? Do you enjoy this? ”
But the BBC team was soon forced to unpack their belongings to give up their table to POTUS and FLOTUS ̵
BBC producer Morgan Gisholt Minard shared another clip showing her gathering all her belongings to leave the table as the sneaker-wearing president stands with a chair at one end waiting for her to leave.
“I’m with the BBC, so … good to meet you,” she told the president, whose wife immediately went to the table when the start-up producer had left.
Gisholt Minard did not seem too offended to lose what was probably the best seat in the castle, built in 1774.
“There are few cases where I feel compelled to give up my dinner table … I assume this is an exception,” she tweeted. “Welcome to Cornwall @POTUS.”
Sopel teased her for having “never, not even, risen to make room for me.”
They do not seem to have moved too far, but with Sopel later saying that the president just drank a coke while the first lady had a glass of red wine.
“Not a beer or cider or pasta-like in sight,” he said, referring to traditional fare in the coastal town.
While many supporters teased the BBC team for not refusing to move, others came down harder on their effervescent reaction to the world leader.
“Try not to drool too hard over Sleepy Joe. I know you come from the BBC, but you can do it, “tweeted Ben Kew, editor at El American.
Referring to Sopel’s shouting exchange – in which he also said they “could do with more sunshine”, the author Austin Williams tweeted to the reporter, “Penetrating issues. Holding the truth to power.”