Biden's toughest week yet
Added 05-16-21 12:11:02am EST - “Politics is a form of storytelling, and a 63 percent approval rating suggests that President Biden's story is one most American people are willing to hear. The past week, however, has offered the kinds of plot twists that threaten…” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON — Politics is a form of storytelling, and the story President Biden has been telling about his administration is of challenges overcome and historic progress made. A 63 percent approval rating suggests that Biden’s story is one most American people are willing to hear.
The past week, however, has offered the kinds of plot twists that threaten to undo that narrative. The path to prosperity at home and respect abroad, it turns out, has more than a couple of potholes: threats of war in the Middle East; threats of inflation in the American economy; a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused gas shortages across the Southeast; diminishing prospects for a deal with Republicans on infrastructure; the expulsion by some of those same Republicans of Liz Cheney from House leadership, a sign that Biden will be dealing with the MAGA version of the GOP at least until the 2022 midterms, and probably beyond that.
It was Biden’s toughest week yet, one that suddenly made the comparisons to FDR and LBJ (full disclosure: including by this reporter) seem rather premature. Relishing the scene from Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump offered a historical comparison of his own. “I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter,” Trump wrote on his new blog. “It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter. Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis.”
It is not exactly true that “everybody” is making the Biden-Carter comparison, but the comparison can also be justified, however narrowly, because the very forces that undid Carter — the Middle East and stagflation — have come back to haunt Biden. The strange photo of last week’s meeting between the Bidens and the Carters probably doesn’t help matters.
Biden’s rough spell began last Friday, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics threw a bucket of ice water on the expectation that April would see 1 million Americans reenter the workforce. It would turn out that the economy added only 266,000 jobs, an alarming discrepancy that caused the unemployment rate to tick up to 6.1 percent.
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