Analysis: Joe Biden puts it all on the line in voting rights battle
It took a year for Joe Biden to make an irrevocable bet that puts the credibility of his presidency on the line. If his bid now to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation fails, he'll lose more than just the bills he sees as vital to saving democracy. His drained political capital could spell the end of the entire domestic, legislative phase of his administration. © Patrick Semansky/AP President Joe Biden speaks in support of changing the Senate filibuster rules that have stalled voting rights legislation, at Atlanta University Center Consortium, on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, Tuesday, Jan.
Joe Biden was supposed to be the man of the hour: a calming presence exuding decency, moderation and trust. As a candidate, he sold himself as a transitional president , a fatherly figure in the mold of George H.W. Bush who would restore dignity and prudence to the Oval Office after the mendacity and chaos that came
That’s the optimistic scenario. Alternatively, he could suffer a legislative calamity like Hillary Clinton’s health care reform in 1994, which would have ended Bill Clinton’s presidency save for his sharp swing to the center, including ending “welfare as we know it” two years later.
President Joe Biden began his press conference, his first in 78 days, with a strong defense of his first year in office .
If you were expecting President Joe Biden to announce a major relaunch of his presidency during the press conference Wednesday marking his first year in office, you heard something quite different. His approval ratings have fallen, but Biden is not acting like a president who thinks he got very much wrong. Instead, he acknowledged the country faces difficulties, but vigorously defended how he handled them. © MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images US President Joe Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on January 19, 2022, in Washington, DC.
"It's been a year of challenges," he declared at the outset, "but also been a year of enormous progress."
As voting rights push fizzles, Biden's failure to unite his own party looms again
Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, both Democrats, said Thursday they were against filibuster changes, spoiling Biden's efforts to pass voting rights.On Thursday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, dealt a potentially fatal blow to Biden’s renewed push for federal voting rights legislation. In a surprise speech on the Senate floor, she flatly rejected Biden’s plea – issued less than 48 hours earlier – to change the filibuster rules so Democrats could muscle through the voting rights bill without any Republican votes.
President Joe Biden held a rare White House press conference to mark his first year in office. Biden said he believes Putin will "move in" the troops he has amassed on the border of Ukraine. He has so far failed to enact much of his agenda, but denied "overpromising". Instead he argued he has "outperformed" expectations
Biden has again defended his administration's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, explaining "confusing" directives as a function of increased knowledge about the virus. He said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, is constantly "learning more".
President Biden makes his way to Marine One at the White House on Dec.
That Biden then invited both Sinema and Manchin — another holdout against suspending the filibuster — to meet with him at the White House that evening was seen as yet more evidence of the president ’s impotence. Whether all of this will ultimately be viewed as a hinge point of the Biden presidency , or just a pothole in the road, will depend at least in part on factors that are out of his control — among them, the performance of the economy and the course of a tenacious pandemic that has gripped the country for nearly two
Biden took questions for well over an hour in what was essentially two separate press conferences. The audience for the first was the American public. The second one was directed at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who undoubtedly paid close attention to everything America's commander-in-chief -- the unofficial head of NATO -- had to say about the growing tensions with the Kremlin over what Washington says is an impending Russian assault on its neighbor Ukraine. More on that in a moment. © Provided by CNN Frida Ghitis
On the domestic side, Biden acknowledged all is not well. "I know there's a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country. And we know why: Covid-19."
He also acknowledged the spiking inflation, the troubles with supply chains and the so-far failed efforts to convert some of his key legislative proposals into law.
A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low
As the year progressed, Biden’s failure to turn his words into action led to cracks in his coalition — which are now turning into gaping holes. Currently, the president's overall approval rating is at an all-time low overall (33 percent), and on key issues, including the economy (34 percent), foreign policy (35 percent), and the coronavirus pandemic (39 percent), according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.
President Biden delivers a speech on infrastructure on Jan.
The second week of August began as a time for vacation for President Biden and some of his team.
“That was the moment where Biden himself looked callous, uncaring, incompetent, and failed in a key moment of
“What people see in President Biden is somebody who thinks about what they’re worried about every single day when he
How did President Biden give his fire-breathing speech on voting rights in Georgia without first checking whether Kyrsten Sinema was going to cut him off at the knees? Why couldn’ t the administration work out a deal with Joe Manchin on Build Back Better — and where was the political wisdom
Biden ’s performance thus far is sometimes compared with Jimmy Carter’s. Maybe the better source of comparison is Bill Clinton, who ran as a centrist, tilted left in his first year, saw his signature legislation blow up in Congress, suffered military humiliation in Somalia — and then figured out how to
But rather than announce a change in strategy, a retooling of his administration's goals or personnel, he explained, "What I have to do is a change in tactics." Biden said he will spend more time on the road and even on social media, making sure the American people understand what he has accomplished and what he plans to do. He also promised to work hard to help elect Democrats in November, perhaps a response to some grumbling on that front.
Biden sounded at times like a man frustrated, feeling misunderstood. "Can you think of any president who's done more in one year?" he asked. He listed the trillions of dollars in massive infrastructure and Covid relief bills enacted earlier in the year. He noted that just two million people had been vaccinated when he took office, compared to more than 200 million today, and listed a litany of significant administration achievements.
He made no apology for his ambitious plans and vowed to keep pushing to get them enacted. His Build Back Better social safety net plan, he said for the first time, will have to be broken up into pieces and he expects "big chunks" to pass before the midterm elections in November. With Biden's approval sinking, Democrats are shuddering at the thought of being painfully punished by voters and losing their majorities in Congress.
Biden Gets an 'F'—37 Percent of Voters Say He's Failed After a Year in Office
Roughly half of voters also gave Biden a failing grade on foreign relations, COVID-19 and the economy. Biden scored one of his worst marks on the issue of national unity: 52 percent of respondents gave him a failing grade. That finding comes just after the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riot.Biden campaigned on uniting the nation and addressed the issue in his speech on January 6. "I believe the power of the presidency and the purpose is to unite this nation, not divide it; to lift us up, not tear us apart; to be about us—about us, not about 'me,'" he said.
President Joe Biden 's Wednesday afternoon "solo" press conference spent a lot of time on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. While he consistently echoed prior assessments given via White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (that an invasion could come "at any point"), the most interesting new statements from the president gave a bit more detail as to what he's willing to do or not willing to do regarding "consequences". The big question that remains is: given any "incursion" or "offensive" by Russia into Eastern Ukraine, will Biden order a military response in support of Kiev
He conceded that his hopes for bipartisanship have been frustrated by the GOP. Biden repeatedly asked of Republicans and of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, "What are they for?" -- suggesting they have nothing to offer beyond their efforts to block his agenda, as they cower in fear of upsetting the former president and facing a primary opponent.
Given the unprecedented challenges he has faced, Biden said McConnell's argument that the primaries will be a referendum on his presidency does not worry him. His first-year score card, he said, is "pretty good."
Biden's big bet is that supply chain troubles and the pandemic will ease before the midterms, lowering inflation and allaying discontent. That, he clearly expects, would lift his approval ratings and the prospects for Democrats.
On Russia, Biden issued some even-keeled but tough warnings to Putin. He said he doesn't think Putin has decided whether or not to invade Ukraine, but chillingly added, "My guess is he will move in."
After a mobilization of this magnitude, and after all the ultimatums the Kremlin has issued, it's not surprising that Biden thinks that Putin feels like "he has to do something." If so, Biden said, "I think he will regret having done it." Biden's references to a more limited response to a "minor incursion" were unclear. Whether that was by design is impossible to know.
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Joe Biden has become the president who's spent the most time on personal travel on their freshman year in office.As a result, a significant portion of President Biden's opening year in the Oval Office has been spent far from it.
The President warned that a "further invasion" (Russia has already invaded Ukraine and seized some of its territory) would bring repercussions like Putin has never seen. It would be "a disaster for Russia," vowing that the US and its allies and partners would inflict "significant harm." He noted the hundreds of millions of dollars in defensive military equipment and training the US and its allies have transferred to Ukraine, noting that Russia could ultimately defeat its neighbor, but the cost would be severe.
When a reporter suggested the US might accept Putin's demand that NATO remove its military forces from eastern Europe, Biden swiftly rejected the idea. "We're actually going to increase troop presence in Poland, Romania and the like," if Putin invades.
To anyone who has been watching the breathless analysis of the Biden presidency as a failing enterprise, it may have come as a surprise to see that Biden doesn't see it that way. If he did, he would be changing directions.
Instead, he seems to plan simply to shift gears, to rev up the messaging and get more input from people outside the administration. If he's right, if his slumping approval is primarily the result of temporary circumstances and inadequate communications and he can push his legislative plan of action in smaller, somewhat more modest portions, his stepped-up messaging effort might just convince voters to see his presidency through the same pleasantly tinted Ray Bans as Biden does.
Key Pa. Dems to miss Biden visit, cite scheduling conflicts .
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will appear in Pittsburgh on Friday as an opening step in a broader campaign to promote the White House's achievements in key states before the midterm elections. But two of the three leading Democrats on Pennsylvania's statewide ballot this spring who were invited to appear with Biden will not attend, their campaigns confirmed on the eve of the president's visit. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a leading Senate candidate, and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the likely Democratic nominee in the race for governor, will be absent because of scheduling conflicts, according to their spokespeople.