ICYMI: Praise for Biden-Harris Accomplishments Two Years In
It’s been two years since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office, and columnists from Franklin Foer to David Brooks are taking note of their administration’s historic achievements.
Here’s a look at what they’re saying…
MSNBC: Joe Scarborough: “This is just reality, what I am about to tell you are the facts. This guy, constantly underestimated by his political friends and enemies alike, has been the most successful president in pushing through legislation that any president — since I guess — Ronald Reagan? Maybe you have to go back to LBJ. And don’t take my word for it. After the 2022 elections, remember the ‘red wave’ elections where Joe Biden was supposed to get wiped out again? His party was going to get destroyed and he was going to get pushed to the side? After the 2022 elections, Newt Gingrich said to Republicans: We have to stop making the same mistake that we keep making about Joe Biden. We see him having a problem at a press conference and we cut out that clip and we run it over and over again and we convince ourselves he’s not up to the task of being president of the United States. While we’re laughing at him, he beats us. When we’re mocking him, he routes us. When we’re saying he’s not up to being president of the United States he proves that we’re not up to running against him.”
Joe Biden’s first two years: He could be a president on par with FDR and LBJ
By Robert S. McElvaine
Scientific polling did not yet exist in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first two years as president, but it is beyond question that his approval was enormous. During Lyndon Baines Johnson’s first year-plus in office, his approval rating averaged an astonishing 74.2 percent. At the end of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.’s second year in office, his approval ratings hover in the mid-40s. It would seem laughable, then, to categorize him as being on their level. FDR is almost always counted among the greatest American presidents. LBJ is not, but likely would be had he not sunk the nation into a pointless, no-win war in Southeast Asia.
Yet a strong case can be made that JRB has, to this point, proven to be a great president, worthy of mention alongside those two.
How Joe Biden Wins Again
By Franklin Foer
Now that he’s president, Biden is his own self-anointed Sheriff. In its first two years, his administration passed ambitious, expensive legislation. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act spends $1 trillion. The CHIPS and Science Act devotes more than $250 billion to jump-starting the American semiconductor industry and investing in technological research. The Inflation Reduction Act contains, at least, a $370 billion investment in clean energy. Biden could break his hand signing all the checks that his administration is about to write.