Joe Biden’s presidency is spiraling out of control. By any reasonable metric he has failed as a commander in chief. He has failed on immigration, he has failed on the economy, he has failed to create jobs, he has failed on foreign policy, he has failed on handling the pandemic, he has failed to unite the country, and he has failed as a leader. But that’s not what the mainstream media would have us believe.
On Thursday the Washington Post, the outlet that decided 100 days into Biden’s presidency that it would no longer fact-check him, published an article titled, “ ‘Better days are ahead’: Maskless Biden marks milestone in virus battle.” On Friday the New York Times ran an article titled, “Beneath Joe Biden’s Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details.” And on Saturday, USA Today published an article titled “Joe Biden has proven an elusive target for Republicans. With the Cheney fight over, their focus is back on the president.” All these articles find ways to excuse and deflect attention from the crises Biden has ignored, worsened, and even created in his first four months in office.
But all is not quiet on the Western front in the Biden White House, despite what the administration and the media tell you.
In April, 178,622 migrants entered our country illegally, marking a 3 percent increase over the 172,000 who broke the law in March, the highest number in 20 years. But don’t worry; Biden in his own words has “now gotten control” of the situation, and there’s still no reason for Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the border.
And although there are currently 8.1 million job openings in the U.S., we somehow only managed to add 266,000 jobs in April, or nearly three-quarters of a million less than the one million that Wall Street economists were projecting. This after the March job numbers were already revised down another 140,000. Might it have something to do with Biden’s insistence that Americans receive a $300 weekly bonus check to stay home? Even those making $32,000 a year would see a raise by going on unemployment.
To make matters worse, last Wednesday, it was revealed that the Consumer Price Index rose 4.2 percent from a year ago, the biggest yearly jump since late 2008. But don’t worry; inflation is not really a big deal for the middle class. Biden insists that “There’s more evidence that our economy is moving in the right direction.”
As if that was not bad enough, a Russian cyberattack on a U.S. pipeline that provides gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel to nearly half of the East Coast was recently forced to turn off its spigot, resulting in a gas shortage, long waits at the pump, and soaring fuel prices. Last Wednesday, 74 percent of North Carolina’s stations ran out of gas, and the price of gas spiked by 12 cents in Kentucky. Colonial Pipeline, the company that was targeted, then paid the hackers a $5 million ransom. But don’t worry; it was a “private sector decision,” as Biden’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber & Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger said last week.
And all of this is just on the home front. Last week, after four years of relative peace in the Middle East under former President Trump, the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas fired more than 3,100 rockets targeting Israeli urban civilian centers, schools, and Ben Gurion Airport. But Biden, who has restored Palestinian funding that is used to pay for Hamas’s terrorist operations, still wants to cut a deal with the leading state sponsors of terrorism in Iran. After Israel was attacked, Biden mostly stayed silent while delivering a hollow and ineffective call for peace. He refused to overtly condemn the actions by the Palestinian terrorists or strongly side with Israel, before eventually saying that “Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.” You don’t say.
Last week’s news cycle was so bad for the Biden administration that the public health bureaucracy even sided against it. Based on no new scientific information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided on Thursday that those who are fully vaccinated can now safely walk around outside and inside (in many cases) without a mask. This comes after the fully vaccinated Biden has been parading around the White House and on Zoom calls with a mask on for weeks, telling everyone that even after they have been fully vaccinated, they must continue to do so.
Perhaps Biden’s indecision on mask-wearing was due to what the Times described as his sagacity and meticulousness: “Before making up his mind, the president demands hours of detail-laden debate from scores of policy experts, taking everyone around him on what some in the West Wing refer to as his Socratic ‘journey’ before arriving at a conclusion.”
But here’s a “Socratic” question: why does virtually every statement that comes out of the Biden administration bear zero resemblance to reality? Perhaps it doesn’t need to when the media goes into full spin mode to cover for Biden’s failures.
David Keltz was a speechwriter for the Administrator at the U.S. General Services Administration from 2020–21 and is the author of the new book The Campaign of His Life and Media Bias in the Trump Presidency and the Extinction of the Conservative Millennial. He previously served as a White House Intern for Vice President Mike Pence. You can follow him on Twitter @david_keltz or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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