– In a year full of ‘challenges’, Biden talks about his ‘progress’
The U.S. president took his first year at the White House at a news conference Wednesday.
The United States has a year of “challenges” but “progress”: Joe Biden on Wednesday sought to ease the crisis facing his presidency, blaming Americans’ frustration on the epidemic.
“I know there is a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country,” the president admitted during a rare and highly anticipated press conference from the White House’s prestigious “East Room” the previous day. Office. While rejecting the change in political course, the US president promised to “go out often” to meet with Americans, warning that the fight against rising prices would require “long-term” effort.
Go out often
“This is a year of challenges, but also a year of tremendous progress,” he said. Biden said, particularly citing the massive vaccination campaign against Govt-19. He pointed out that 75% of American adults are now fully immunized, up from 1% when his administration took over. The leader boasted of “record job creation”, “record growth” as the unemployment rate is now 3.9%, up from 6.4% a year ago.
But, on several occasions, he regretted not having much contact with the black voters and Americans who voted overwhelmingly for him in the 2020 presidential election. “I’ll be on the field a lot,” he promised. . The 79-year-old Democrat needs to find new momentum. In the space of two months, he had to bury two iconic promises, such as the renewal of the welfare state and the protection of the minority vote by a major law.
Joe Biden blamed those defeats on Republicans, who admitted he did not “expect” so much opposition from conservatives to his plans. On several occasions, he has challenged what the intentions of the Republicans are. Above all, the president on Wednesday pledged to implement “large parts” of his broader social reform by dividing the $ 1,750 billion project into several investment projects, particularly the environment and education.
If economic statistics are interesting, inflation is also fantastic; That is what worries Americans today. He acknowledged that there was a need for “long-term effort” to combat inflation to a level not seen in 40 years. “Until then it will be painful for many,” he said. Joe Biden, shocked by a historic anti-racism movement that has ravaged a country plagued by the Govt-19 epidemic, felt that the country was still “far from being united as it should be.”
“The best days in this country are still ahead of us, not behind us,” he said. But he remains politically correct: a new Gallup poll shows his popularity rating at just 40%, up from 57% when he came to power. Joe Biden has one more month to repair his image as a frustrated president.
Then, according to political critics, it was too late to influence the midterm assembly elections, which were scheduled for fall, which seemed bad for the Democrats. His team begs him to be patient, saying they are optimistic about the final results.
The president also nominated himself in the 2024 election, indicating that he will once again elect his current vice president, Kamala Harris, as his deputy. Internationally Mr. Biden feared that if Russia invaded Ukraine, the situation would “get out of control” and warned of “catastrophic” and “severe” human casualties for Moscow in such a hypothesis. He said the summit with President Vladimir Putin was a “possibility”.