This week’s White House bulletin reveals President Joe Biden is stuck where he has been for months: underwater in the polls, his agenda stalled, the economy showing mixed signals and his staff ready. to correct inaccuracies.
Also, as he spends his 32nd weekend in Delaware, the president is wondering who to appoint as press secretary after Jen Psaki departs for MSNBC this spring.
Pollster John Zogby, calling the week a “C,” pointed to positives in his weekly review, but the bottom line remains that Biden’s approval rating is stuck at 40%.
Conservative analyst Jed Babbin rated an “F” for Biden’s wider opening of the US-Mexico border, inaccuracies on the war in Ukraine, rising inflationary pressure, focus on issues transgender and the threat of her son Hunter Biden scandal hitting the Oval Office.
Lots of numbers this week and a mass of confusion about how Joe Biden fared.
First, the good news for Biden. The unemployment rate is down to 3.6%, a 50-year low, while 428,000 new jobs have been created in several key sectors. Salaries increased by 5.6%, also a healthy figure. At the same time, there was good news on the pandemic front, with the number of hospitalizations dropping dramatically. The president announced this week that he would release 1 million barrels of oil a day from US reserves to provide limited relief to consumers in time for April and May.
At the same time, inflation remains at an annualized rate of 6.4%, offsetting any wage gains, and consumers tell us in the polls that they plan to spend less. Higher interest rates now and even higher around the corner have economists fearing a recession this year.
Good news in Ukraine as Russia retreated from its aggression in kyiv and in the west and center of the country. Ukraine also launched air attacks inside Russia, just as the president announced that the United States would supply Ukraine with Russian-made bombers.
Possible good news for Biden comes from some troubles in GOP country, where primaries are getting increasingly nasty in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri as candidates begin to channel their inner Will Smith. And then there’s the sad “orgy” saga of young Rep. Madison Cawthorn. And the president’s approval rating is stuck at around 40%.
We interrupt our report on Vice President Kamala Harris’ incomprehensible speeches to bring you a special report on Biden’s verbal incontinence (a term I borrow from the wall street journal columnist Gérard Baker).
In just days, the president sent a message so wildly (and dangerously) that the cleanup team of Secretary of State Tony Blinken and White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki couldn’t. to follow. Biden:
- called for regime change in Moscow saying Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot stay in power
- declared that any Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine would be met “in kind”, injecting the United States and NATO into an all-out war, and
- told American troops in Poland that they would see the bravery of the Ukrainians “when they get there”, indicating that he was sending them into the war.
The White House spent the week trying to convince everyone that Biden didn’t say what he clearly said or at least didn’t mean. Later, Biden’s staff made him refer to cue cards to answer questions in an effort to get him out of trouble.
International corruption involving Biden’s son, Hunter, is becoming clearer almost daily. It’s entirely possible that “The Big Guy” will also become the target of the FBI investigation.
Meanwhile, Biden is ordering the release of more than a million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to drive down gasoline prices. Why not save the SPR for the real emergencies and drill, baby, drill? He also announced more funding for NASA in an effort to put a woman or person of color on the moon.
And Biden is increasing the flow of illegal immigrants by removing the Border Patrol’s power to immediately deport people suspected of having COVID-19 infections. Meanwhile, US citizens traveling abroad must obtain a negative coronavirus test before being allowed to return to their own country. It may make sense on a planet, but not on this one.
Last but not least, the Biden regime allows people who get a US passport to register as neither male nor female, just an “X” under gender. This was perhaps Biden’s proudest moment during Thursday’s “Transgender Visibility Day.” Or maybe it was her administration’s announcement that they were approving gender reassignment surgery for teens. You can’t make this stuff up, people.
John Zogby is the founder of Zogby Survey and senior partner at John Zogby Strategies. Her weekly podcast with her son and partner Jeremy Zogby can be listened to here. Follow him on Twitter @ZogbyStrategies.
Jed Babbin is a Washington Examiner contributor and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the administration of former President George HW Bush. Follow him on Twitter @jedbabbin.