Biden watches kid’s infrastructure project topple during trip to NJ school

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Biden watches kid’s infrastructure project topple during trip to NJ school

President Biden watched a preschooler’s infrastructure project crumble before his eyes Monday as he visited a New Jersey school to promote his own beleaguered spending plans.

“I’m sorry, my fault. That was my fault. I made you look up,” Biden said, bending over to pick up the pieces of what had been a tower of building blocks.

Biden appeared at the North Plainfield school with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who faces an unexpectedly tight race for re-election next week against a surging Republican candidate, Jack Ciattarelli.

Biden made only passing mention of Murphy but made time to gripe to the 4- and 5-year-olds about reporters.

“You know when you’re president, you see all these people here? They’re with you all the time. They get to ask you all kinds of questions. And you try to figure out how you can avoid answering them sometimes,” Biden said of the press travel pool.

President Joe Biden talks to pre-k students building blocks at East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
President Biden waves at a student counting with “peg number boards.”
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President Joe Biden is touring in New Jersey to promote Gov. Phil Murphy amid his gubernatorial race.
President Biden is touring in New Jersey to promote Gov. Phil Murphy amid his gubernatorial race.
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President Joe Biden greets officials upon arriving in Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, New Jersey on October 25, 2021.
President Biden greets officials upon arriving in Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, New Jersey, on October 25, 2021.
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President Joe Biden tries to shake a child’s hand during his visit at East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey on October 25, 2021.
President Biden tries to shake a child’s hand during his visit at East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey, on October 25, 2021.
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Biden has given far fewer interviews than his predecessors. As of last week, he’d given 16 interviews as president, versus 82 by Donald Trump and 131 by Barack Obama during the same period of their first year in office. His press agents also pre-screen reporters allowed into events at the White House where he sometimes takes questions.

But Biden has made cracks about the press before — including joking in May about running over a journalist with a pickup truck when they tried to ask him a question about Israel.

President Joe Biden drops his mask to smile at a student despite New Jersey’s indoor mask mandate in schools.
President Biden drops his mask to smile at a student despite New Jersey’s indoor mask mandate in schools.
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President Joe Biden holds a student’s drawing at a pre-k classroom in East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
President Biden holds a student’s drawing in an East End elementary school classroom in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
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President Joe Biden gives a fist pump to a student in front of teachers at East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
President Biden gives a fist bump to a student in front of teachers at East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
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Biden told reporters en route to New Jersey that he hopes to reach a deal by Wednesday on his sprawling social spending bill. He leaves on Thursday for a trip to Europe. The plan was originally pitched at $3.5 trillion, but it’s likely to be much smaller because of reluctance from centrist Democrats, including on proposed tax hikes.

The proposal would federally finance preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Biden made the stop in New Jersey as polls find Murphy in a narrowing race against his Republican challenger.

President Joe Biden watches a student jump during his his visit to East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
President Biden watches a student jump during his visit to East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
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President Joe Biden talks to students during a visit to East End Elementary School to promote his "Build Back Better" agenda, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021,
President Biden reportedly watched a student’s tower of building blocks crumble.
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President Joe Biden holds a child during his visit to East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
President Biden holds a child during his visit to East End elementary school in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
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President Joe Biden arrives at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey on October 25, 2021.
President Biden arrives at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on October 25, 2021.
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“You see this man here?” Biden asked the children. “He’s the governor of the state. He runs the state. And this is his wife, who runs him and me and everybody else.”

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