The Associated Press reported Sunday that President Biden’s speech on July 4, 2021, “marked a crossroads” for his presidency and described his current political standing as a “steep slide” from the previous year.
“As Biden approaches his second Fourth of July in the White House, his standing couldn’t be more different. A series of miscalculations and unforeseen challenges have Biden struggling for footing as he faces a potentially damaging verdict from voters in the upcoming midterm elections. Even problems that weren’t Biden’s fault have been fuel for Republican efforts to retake control of Congress,” The Associated Press report said.
The report described the president’s speech, during which he declared the U. S. to be “closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.”
However, weeks later, the delta variant caused mask mandates to be reinstated and prompted “polarizing vaccination mandates.”
“That sunny speech one year ago marked a crossroads for Biden’s presidency. The pandemic appeared to be waning, the economy was booming, inflation wasn’t rising as quickly as today and public approval of his job performance was solid,” authors Chris Megerian and Zeke Miller wrote.
The report also noted the “debacle” surrounding the president’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.
The report described Biden as “suddenly a reactive president,” who “has been left trying to reclaim the initiative at every step.”
The AP noted that their latest approval rating poll had Biden sitting at just 39%. In a July 2021 poll, the president’s … (Read more)