Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took a few minutes away from doing absolutely nothing about the problem with the supply chain to offer a glowing review of Biden’s first year in office.
The man behind the camera of this interview was likely groaning to himself silently at Secretary Pete’s attempt at damage control, given the historically high number of people who judge Joe Biden’s performance with a 59.2 percent disapproval rating overall. Of that group, a stunning 49.9 percent strongly disapprove of his performance, according to the most recent Trafalgar poll. The President’s popularity is not just underwater. It is under the continental shelf, under the seafloor, under the water.
The Secretary’s dubious claims of gains on employment, bi-partisan support, and an economy on the mend fall short when faced with the genuine and specific policy failures experienced by the American people. No amount of message discipline by the administration can overcome the realities on the ground.
According to USA Today, Inflation is at its highest level in 30 years. The ever-rising prices of consumer goods are quickly overtaking any positive traction in the economy. It is hard to convince Americans that they are experiencing a robust economy when most of their resources are spent on food and energy.
Since Biden’s political weakness, foreign adversaries are challenging the United States hegemony on the international stage. Putin threatens to invade Ukraine while China gets ready to reclaim the province of Taiwan. It is not just foreign dictators who smell blood in the water. Biden’s traditional political allies also see his sinking presidency and begin to jump ship.
Democratic stalwart Van Jones from CNN compared Biden’s recent press conference performance to Reagan’s last years in office, calling Biden foggy and meandering. When you start to lose CNN, you are left with members of your cabinet closing interviews as Buttigieg did here saying:
“I don’t know exactly how. I don’t know what shape it will take. I don’t know what day it will happen, but more outstanding achievements are coming this year.”
It is a vague promise that the Secretary of Transportation unquestionably does not even believe in himself, and even if he did, no one else is buying it.