President Joe Biden gave a rare press conference on Wednesday afternoon, seizing the opportunity to urge Americans to be patient in the fight against Covid-19 and to defend his record of achievement despite polling results that were mixed.
Biden spoke for 112 minutes, on and off. From what he stated, we selected the seven most crucial lines. They’re listed below.
“I didn’t make any promises that I couldn’t keep. I’m very sure I’ve excelled everyone’s expectations.”
Biden reacted angrily to the allegation that he had taken on more than he could handle in terms of legislation. He also borrowed a page from his predecessor’s playbook by boasting that he had outperformed everyone’s expectations. That is a dubious claim. He was successful in getting a Covid stimulus program as well as an infrastructure package passed by Congress and signed into law. However, his Build Back Better Act is stalled, and major voting rights legislation appears to be a long way off.
“We aren’t going back to closing schools. Schools should not be closed.”
Biden gave a speech for the first 15 minutes of the press conference, most of which focused on his administration’s reaction to the Covid epidemic. We are not going back to where we were when he took office, and we do not need to. His claim that schools must remain open was the most recent portion of that vow and one that should appeal to people of all political stripes.
“I am confident that we will be able to have significant portions of Build Back Better signed into law.”
There are two major things going on here: a) Biden recognizing that his BBB bill isn’t going to pass, and b) approving the bill’s slicing and dicing in order to get some of the more popular parts accepted. That’s a tactic that recognizes the political reality that Democrats need a legislative victory on his domestic program and that his long-held aspirations for BBB’s passage in its entirety have been crushed. Later, Biden stated of the bill, “It’s plain to me that we’re going to have to, probably, break it up.”
“I’m not convinced [Russian President Vladimir Putin] knows what he’ll do.”
My prediction is that he will relocate to Ukraine. He needs to take action.”For anyone with even a passing understanding of the current situation on the Ukraine border, this was a WOW moment. When pressed further about his earlier statement, Biden seemed to backtrack, stating that he didn’t know Putin’s plans for an invasion of eastern Ukraine (and that he believes Putin hasn’t made up his mind). Even so, the initial assertion will attract a lot of attention and investigation.
“One thing I haven’t been able to do so far is to persuade my Republican friends to join me in making our country a better place.
What are they for, exactly? Give an example of what they’re used for.”
In the next midterm elections, Biden’s argument will be that he has reached across the aisle to attempt to persuade Republicans to support certain measures, but that they have been unwilling to do so. That the Republican Party’s only policy is to impede his goals. They don’t have a proactive plan in place. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, is probably cool with it. “This midterm election will be a report card on the performance of this entire Democratic government, the President, the House, and the Senate,” Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday.
“I’m glad there’s a vote on how I managed the economy.”
Republicans have made it clear that they feel they can win House and Senate majorities by concentrating on inflation and supply chain issues that affect the country. Biden is quite likely to get his way. The declining unemployment rate will be cited by Biden (and other Democrats) as evidence that things are improving. Where does the general population stand on the issue? In a CNN poll conducted in December, only 44% of respondents approved of his management of the economy, while 55% disapproved. That is the “lowest net economic rating of any president at this point in their first term since at least Jimmy Carter in 1977,” according to CNN’s Harry Enten.
“It’s possible that it’s illegitimate. The likelihood of [the 2022 election] becoming unlawful rises in direct proportion to the failure to pass these measures.”
That was Biden’s response to a question about whether he was concerned about the next election’s results being less than transparent. The link between that likelihood and the approval of voting rights improvements, which look to be severely delayed at the moment, is evident. Is it true that if major voting rights legislation is not passed before the 2022 midterm elections, the results will be invalid, especially if Republicans win?