President Joe Biden faced the press Wednesday, Nov. 9, to take credit for Democrat wins and point to his own record as the foundation on which a midterm “red wave” was held back. He reflected that the results signified “a good day for democracy. A good day for Americans.” Much of the session was devoted to recounting his various perceived successes in office, but he also dropped heavy hints about his political future and a potential investigation into a prominent social media boss.
Biden Boasts of Economic Accomplishments
Various polls, if they can be trusted, showed prior to Election Day that the number one concerns for most Americans were the economy and inflation. According to the president, his team has been hard at work rebuilding an economy left in a shambles by COVID-19; he promised these efforts will start to show results in the first three months of 2023. Companies are investing “literally hundreds of billions of dollars combined to build semi-conductor factories and other advanced manufacturing here in America,” he said, adding that it will create “tens of thousands of good paying jobs.” And guess what, folks? Many positions will pay $126,000 “and you don’t need a college degree to get those jobs.”
Once again, he blamed global economic woes on the pandemic and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, but boasted “We’re also handling it better than most advanced nations in the world.” This provided the perfect segue to spread the misconstrued concept that the Biden administration has created millions of jobs. He stated:
“Our economic policies have a record ten million new jobs since I came into office. Unemployment rate is down from 6.4 when I was sworn in to 3.7%, near a 50 year low. And we’ve done all this while lowering the federal deficit in the two years by $1.7 trillion. No administration has ever cut the deficit that much.”
However, Liberty Nation Economics Correspondent Andrew Moran reveals there is more to the numbers than the president suggests:
“Not even the mainstream press is buying that he ‘created a record ten million new jobs.’ The ten million jobs he is referring to are jobs that were lost during the coronavirus pandemic. These have been returned. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data, all of the pandemic-era positions that were lost were fully returned in August. So, based on these calculations, he has only overseen about 500,000 new jobs. Now, when it comes to the federal deficit, it is misleading because nearly all of the decline in the federal deficit has been the result of COVID stimulus and relief programs expiring. He did not become a fiscal conservative. Washington still spent more than $6 trillion and ran a deficit north of $1 trillion. So, as one White House reporter said, it’s all smoke and mirrors.”
There were just a few more points Biden wanted to make before responding to questions. He promised again that people earning less than $400K per year will not see their federal taxes go up, and that, when it comes to working with the GOP, there are some things he simply will not compromise on: climate control and prescription drug costs.
The President Responds to His List of Ten
“I have been given a list of ten names,” Biden said, indicating which lucky reporters would be able to ask him a question. One queried what his message would be to Republicans who want to investigate his actions, such as those surrounding illegal immigration, and his family, particularly Hunter Biden’s business dealings. “Lots of luck in your senior year as my coach used to say,” the president quipped. “Look, I think the American public wants us to move on and get things done for them.” But wait, shouldn’t that apply to the multiple attempts to go after former President Donald Trump, including the drawn-out Jan. 6 hearings?
CNN wanted to know how the president can assure foreign leaders that Trump and his agenda will not take control again. “We just have to demonstrate that he will not take power,” Biden responded. “If he does run, making sure he, under legitimate efforts of our Constitution, does not become the next president again.”
When asked about the possibility of running for re-election and whether the midterm outcome has influenced his decision, Mr. Biden said it was always his intention to attempt a second term. The fact that the Democratic Party exceeded expectations during the midterms has reassured him that “MAGA Republicans are not taking over the government again,” he said. The president then added that, despite his plan to put his name forward for the Oval Office once more, it will be a family decision, “and we’re going to have a discussion about it.”
To wrap up the evening’s session, the discussion turned to Affirmative Action. Biden said he doesn’t believe the Supreme Court will overrule the policy but that he and his administration will do whatever they can to keep it in place. There are other things that can be done to help the black and brown community, the president suggested, such as starting formal schooling at the age of three to give children the best chance at a good education.
The night wouldn’t be complete without bringing up Elon Musk and his takeover of Twitter, which has progressives practically foaming at the mouth in fury and fear of losing control over what they consider misinformation. A Bloomberg reporter asked the president if Musk is a threat to national security. Biden didn’t answer right away. After a pause to gather his thoughts, the president said, “It’s worth being looked at. That’s all I’ll say.”
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