(DCWatchdog.com) – The overall political standing of President Joe Biden is tremendously weaker today than it was a year ago, on July 4, 2021, according to a report from the Associated Press, which finds that he has been unable to cope with numerous expected and unexpected problems.
The report dwells on Biden’s July 4th speech last year when he promised that the United States was “closer than ever” to “independence” from the coronavirus.
Subsequently, the COVID-19 pandemic worsened once again, while several other crises – from the economy to foreign policy – have grown.
Thus, on his second July 4th as President, AP reports that Biden has found himself in a far different and weaker standing.
“A series of miscalculations and unforeseen challenges have Biden struggling for footing as he faces a potentially damaging verdict from voters in the upcoming midterm elections. Even problems that weren’t Biden’s fault have been fuel for Republican efforts to retake control of Congress,” the report says.
The report notes that apart from the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic weeks after the Democrat President’s July 4th, 2021 speech, last summer and fall saw the fallout from Biden’s abandonment of the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan.
The foreign and security policy problems have been followed by Vladimir Putin and Russia’s previously unimaginable invasion of Ukraine, which has become the most significant war in Europe and one of the biggest in the world since the Second World War.
According to AP, Joe Biden has become “suddenly a reactive president” as he “has been left trying to reclaim the initiative at every step.”
The report emphasized that his approval rating presently stands at 39%, 20 points down from 59% back in July 2021. It notes that as Biden is failing to address the spiking gas prices and overall inflation, he has been blaming those on international factors supposedly beyond his control, such as the coronavirus pandemic and Putin’s war against Ukraine.
At the same time, however, the AP report ends on a somewhat optimistic note about the remainder of the term of the Biden administration by comparing it to the situation of Bill Clinton back in the 1990s.
“President Bill Clinton stumbled through his first two years in office and faced a wave of Republican victories in his first midterm elections. But he later became the first Democratic president to be re-elected since Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” the report concludes.