Biden once again attempted to console Americans who are focused on inflation or concerned about the state of the economy – citing mothers and fathers who are asking "will there be enough food we can afford to buy for the holidays. Will we be able to get Christmas presents to the kids on time and if so, will they cost me an arm and a leg?"
He made sure to tell he is in tune with concerns about gas prices – including on the West Coast, where they face high taxes.
"Right now, I will do what needs to be done to reduce the price you pay at the pump," he said, touting a new action to release 50 million gallons from a strategic petroleum reserve.
"Families can rest easy - grocery stores are well-stocked with turkey and everything else you need for Thanksgiving," he said.
He also spoke about supply chain issues, citing meetings with Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and other retailers.
He mentioned a 33 percent slump in the time container ships were sitting on docks and said major retailers "have confirmed that their shelves will be well-stocked in stores this holiday season." He called it "good news" for parents worried about whether "everything from 'bicycles to ice skates' will be available.
Biden talked for more than 11 minutes – but once again did not take questions from White House reporters.
The White House took other actions to make reporters satisfied – piping in jazz standards by Dexter Gordon and Dave Brubeck to an auditorium on the White House grounds while they awaited his remarks. A changeable set built on stage featured rotating images of electric vehicles, including the Chevy Volt.
When he finished his words, reporters tried to ask questions about the tragedy in Waukesha, inflation, and other topics.
Steve Portnoy of CBS radio, who chairs the White House Correspondents' Association, yelled out: "When will you tell us what you discussed with Xi Jinping and other leaders? When will you answer our questions, sir?"
Instead, Biden walked away from the press following reporters and videographers who were there for his remarks. His press secretary, Jen Psaki, fielded questions later from the Brady briefing room along with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.
Biden announced the "largest ever" release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve with 50 million barrels as Americans pay premium prices for a gallon of gas and Republicans condemn the move as just a "band-aid."