CNN White House correspondent admits Biden looked ‘weak’, ‘badly handled’ WH, but argues things have changed


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CNN published an analytical piece by its White House correspondent John Harwood who claimed President Biden had bounced back despite appearing “weak” in office.

“Joe Biden is no more or less a competent president than he was two months ago. His staff is no more or less competent,” Harwood began.

“But suddenly, images of Biden as a weak septuagenarian atop a mismanaged White House gave way to those of a seasoned leader, smiling behind aviator sunglasses, whose time-tested team combat addressed a series of national priorities. A winning streak does that for you,” he continued.

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Joe Biden’s approval rating is still underwater, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

While Real Clear Politics’ polling average shows an increase of nearly four points from Biden’s all-time high of 36.8%, his approval is still well below the water. According to the RCP average, 55.8% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s job performance.

Harwood attributed what he described as Biden’s comeback to “a combination of luck, skill, and perseverance from a president and a Democratic party determined to act unilaterally where Republicans would not and to find compromises where Republicans would.”

Harwood wrote that gasoline prices were down from their record high in June (largely due to lower demand), but admitted that inflation remained the “most important policy issue from Biden.

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US President Joe Biden announces the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a coordinated effort with other major economies to help mitigate rising gas prices as he pronounces remarks on the economy and "lower prices," during a speech in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, United States, November 23, 2021.

US President Joe Biden announces the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a coordinated effort with other major economies to help mitigate rising gas prices as as he delivers remarks on the economy and ‘falling prices’, during a speech in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, USA, on November 23, 2021.
(REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

Harwood argued that the CIA drone attack that killed al-Qaeda terrorist Ayman al-Zawahri “confirmed Biden’s claims that the United States could fight terrorism in Afghanistan even without troops on the ground.” field”.

He also pointed to the passage of the Cut Inflation Act, a climate change bill that says Penn Wharton’s model budget plans will not reduce inflation, as a legislative victory for the president. .

The CNN headquarters is pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

The CNN headquarters is pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

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“Politicians and pundits describing a failed legislative agenda had written their critiques before the play ended,” Harwood wrote.


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