Give him a hand: Biden ditching lectern for handheld mics


              FILE - President Joe Biden looks at a cough drop as he speaks at an IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 2022. Whenever the president travels, a special bullet-resistant lectern called the “blue goose,” or its smaller cousin “the falcon,” is in tow. Lately,  Biden is rendering them all but obsolete as he increasingly reaches for a hand-held microphone instead.  Those who know him best say the mic swap makes Biden a much more natural speaker. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
            
              FILE - President Joe Biden speaks after touring an area impacted by Hurricane Ian on Oct. 5, 2022, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, second from right, and his wife Casey DeSantis listen. Whenever the president travels, a special bullet-resistant lectern called the “blue goose,” or its smaller cousin “the falcon,” is in tow. Lately,  Biden is rendering them all but obsolete as he increasingly reaches for a hand-held microphone instead.  Those who know him best say the mic swap makes Biden a much more natural speaker.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              FILE - President Joe Biden speaks about Hurricane Ian during a visit to FEMA headquarters, Sept. 29, 2022, in Washington. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, right, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas listen. Whenever the president travels, a special bullet-resistant lectern called the “blue goose,” or its smaller cousin “the falcon,” is in tow. Lately,  Biden is rendering them all but obsolete as he increasingly reaches for a hand-held microphone instead.  Those who know him best say the mic swap makes Biden a much more natural speaker.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Sept. 27, 2022, during an event on health care costs. Whenever the president travels, a special bullet-resistant lectern called the “blue goose,” or its smaller cousin “the falcon,” is in tow. Lately,  Biden is rendering them all but obsolete as he increasingly reaches for a hand-held microphone instead.  Those who know him best say the mic swap makes Biden a much more natural speaker. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
            
              FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, at the Ronald Reagan Building, Sept. 28, 2022, in Washington. Whenever the president travels, a special bullet-resistant lectern called the “blue goose,” or its smaller cousin “the falcon,” is in tow. Lately,  Biden is rendering them all but obsolete as he increasingly reaches for a hand-held microphone instead.  Those who know him best say the mic swap makes Biden a much more natural speaker. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              FILE - President Joe Biden speaks at the 45th Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala to kick-off the White House's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Walter Washington Convention Center, Sept. 15, 2022, in Washington. Whenever the president travels, a special bullet-resistant lectern called the “blue goose,” or its smaller cousin “the falcon,” is in tow. Lately,  Biden is rendering them all but obsolete as he increasingly reaches for a hand-held microphone instead.  Those who know him best say the mic swap makes Biden a much more natural speaker.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
            
              FILE - President Joe Biden speaks on the cancer moonshot initiative at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Sept. 12, 2022, in Boston. Whenever the president travels, a special bullet-resistant lectern called the “blue goose,” or its smaller cousin “the falcon,” is in tow. Lately,  Biden is rendering them all but obsolete as he increasingly reaches for a hand-held microphone instead.  Those who know him best say the mic swap makes Biden a much more natural speaker. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Give him a hand: Biden ditching lectern for handheld mics