Guest host Lisa Ling was not impressed with Biden’s words and thought he should be doing better as a role model. “I think one of the reasons Joe Biden was elected, even though he has a history of being a loose cannon, is he was thought to restore civility to the office. These are the people who should be setting examples for our young kids. It’s yet more examples of men behaving badly,” Ling commented (via YouTube).
On Ling’s side was host Sunny Hostin, who agreed that it was “beneath the dignity of the presidency,” per The Wrap. Although, she was impressed that Biden reached out to apologize to Doocy, adding “What I appreciate is that he called and he apologized. That’s something that we would’ve never seen the former, twice-impeached, disgraced president of this country ever, ever, ever.”
Ling later pressed her point, insisting, “I just think he should acknowledge that he was a poor example.” However, she was cut off by a riled up moderator Whoopi Goldberg who said, “Well, no, I’m sorry. He should acknowledge that he’s human, because that happens sometimes when people ask you endless stupid questions from one particular place. Sometimes, you just lose it for a second. The difference is he said, ‘Ok, let me call him and apologize,’ because that happens. I think that, for me, is the representation of what a human being, as president, should be.”