CNN’s latest ‘analysis’ column contends that President Biden can’t do much about any of the numerous crises his administration is facing.
The column, authored by White House correspondent John Harwood, argues that the President’s hands are simply tied when it comes to record inflation numbers, a humanitarian crisis at the border, the pandemic, and rising crime across the nation.
It is a column worthy of the loftiest levels of ridicule. A column so biased in defense of Biden that one wonders if it was written by Biden himself.
“There’s just not much President Joe Biden can do about it,” Harwood writes.
“There’s not much he can do to curb inflation. There’s not much he can do to stop migrants from reaching America’s southern border,” he continues. “Or to reduce crime, or to make vaccine resisters get shots that would hasten the end of the coronavirus pandemic.”
That’s just what America is looking for right now as they fuel up their car paying exorbitant amounts for gas, just to drive to work where their real wages are much lower, then hit the grocery store on the way home to barely afford food for the family.
A leader who shrugs his shoulders at it all. And a media who helps run cover for him.
Harwood’s defense of Biden is so strong, that he does actually manage to cast some blame in the direction of another source – Republicans and a couple of Democrats who have dared defy the party line.
“There’s not much he can do to compel cooperation from defectors within his thin Democratic congressional majorities,” he claims. “There is nothing at all he can do to compel it from Republican adversaries who would rather aggravate than alleviate his burdens.”
On what planet does Harwood think it’s the GOP’s job to “alleviate (Biden’s) burdens”? Isn’t it the President’s job to alleviate America’s burdens.
Harwood goes on to explain that President Biden is “the victim of circumstances.”
He adds that “history shows presidents can rarely change the political weather in midterm elections.”
A little advice – Biden could start by not being catastrophically bad at his job. Across the board, in nearly every category, his job approval numbers have consistently been underwater.
On the topics Harwood mentions as being out of Biden’s control, he is categorically blamed by the American people for:
Biden’s approval rating, in general, sank to 38% according to last week’s CNBC’s All-America Survey.
But alas, he’s not to blame. Can’t do anything about it, folks.
This isn’t the first time a major media outlet has tried to protect their chosen President – and it certainly won’t be the last time.
But shrugging their shoulders while the American people suffer seems to cement their place as the enemy of the people.
Just last month, Bloomberg News published a column advising Americans on how to cope with soaring prices due to inflation which included such tactics as taking public transit instead of driving one’s own vehicle, switching diets from meat to vegetables, and even considering letting pets succumb to illnesses that require chemotherapy treatment.
After all, it’s not Biden’s fault that people need to choose between eating what they want and prepping themselves a nice bowl of “lentils and beans.”
Prior to that, the Washington Post was telling their readers that supply chain issues aren’t President Biden’s fault – it’s their pesky expectations that are the true source of misery and woe.
Even the President himself, who once promised the American people that if elected, would “take responsibility instead of blaming others,” has consistently blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for many of his failures and has even shrugged his own shoulders.
On gas prices last month he said: “It’s going to go up. Can’t do much right now. Russia is responsible.”
I mean, if that doesn’t instill confidence in a commander-in-chief, what will?
“Can’t do much” is a hell of a 2024 campaign theme.
Harwood, meanwhile, has a history of blaming former President Donald Trump for things.
The CNN reporter tried sharing a message from commanders that the withdrawal from Afghanistan that took place under Biden’s watch was actually Trump’s fault, and once specifically blamed him for an election loss calling him “a giant anvil on the backs of Republican candidates.”
When Democrats get absolutely shelled in the 2022 midterms, he’ll be the first little sycophant puppy to jump into Biden’s lap and defend him. You can take that to the bank.
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