Washington. President Joe Biden said yesterday, January 19, that his first year in office had “challenges” but also “enormous progress”, and assured that he did not foresee such a strong Republican obstruction against his government.
Thus, he recognized the false steps taken in the face of a pandemic that is still at its peak, but praised the progress in economic matters, taking stock of his first year in office at a press conference.
“It has been a year of challenges, but it has also been a year of enormous progress,” said Biden, who answered questions on a wide range of topics.
Regarding the management of the pandemic, he praised the advances in vaccination. “We went from two million people vaccinated at the time I was sworn in to 210 million Americans fully vaccinated today.”
He also celebrated that “we created 6 million new jobs, more jobs in one year than at any other time before.”
On the issue of fighting inflation, Biden warned that it will require a “long-term” effort, and attributed the dizzying price increase to problems in supply chains caused by the pandemic.
Bringing inflation to a reasonable level, currently at its highest level in almost 40 years, “will be difficult,” he insisted, predicting that “until then, it will be painful for many people.”
On the tension on the Ukrainian border, Biden also anticipated that Russia would pay a high price if it decided to invade Ukraine, including a high human cost and deep damage to its economy.
“It’s going to be a disaster for Russia,” Biden said, adding that the Russians might eventually prevail, but their losses “are going to be big.”
On the other hand, he announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will be his running mate again in 2024. In this way, he clears doubts about his intention to run again.
He also said he was confident Congress would pass “large portions” of his stalled social spending bill.
That project is stalled in the legislature, as it generates division within the ruling Democratic Party.
Likewise, he said he still hopes that the Senate will approve new laws on the right to vote, which a priori seem doomed to failure.
A new Gallup poll shows Biden with just 40% approval, down from 57% at the start of his term. Since World War II, only Trump’s first-year numbers have been lower, Gallup said.
Since he took office and until December 31, he only gave nine conferences, against 22 for Trump in his first year and 27 for Barack Obama, according to a study by the White House Transition Project. The scarcity of individual interviews is even more eloquent: 22 for Biden, 92 for Trump and 156 for Obama.