Of course it wasn’t. But if Donald Trump’s reich wing propaganda media and disinformation ministry bubble and echo chamber is going to continue to coerce its audience to once again vote for the most dishonest, incompetent, narcissistic and failed president and human being of all time, what else are they going to tell you?
First observation: It was long, which will definitely mandate we turn this piece into at least a 2-parter.
Second, President Biden uttered something we never heard pass Trump’s lips, which signified one thing – leadership. Biden took responsibility for not enough tests when he said, “Should we have done more testing earlier? Yes.” That’s leadership. That’s accountability. That’s accepting responsibility. You know, as opposed to Trump’s now infamous line, “No, I don’t take any responsibility at all.” The first line came from a president. The second one came from a failed impostor who always has to blame someone else for his own failures, and tear others down to lift himself up. That is the polar opposite of leadership.
Biden began by listing his accomplishments, and not once did he overstate them by adding dishonest, Trumpian superlatives like “No one’s ever seen anything like it”, the verbiage of a life long con man and grifter who grossly oversells everything. These are some of the achievements Biden noted:
His $1.9 trillion package that included stimulus checks, monthly payments for parents, and funded schools.
His $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
Went from 2 million people being vaccinated when he was inaugurated to 210 million being fully vaccinated today.
Created 6 million new jobs — more jobs in one year than at any time before.
Unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent.
Child poverty dropped by nearly 40 percent — the biggest drop ever in American history.
New business applications grew by 30 percent — the biggest increase ever.
For the first time in quite some time, this country’s working people – the bottom 40%, actually got a raise and saw their income increase.
Health insurance premiums were cut for millions of American families.
Biden correctly and honestly noted that the supply chain challenges are a global problem and not just germane to America (Trump’s dishonest media’s dishonest assertions to the contrary.) He also noted that the Christmas holiday crisis that same media warned about never came to pass, and that by and large, packages were delivered on time and store shelves were not bare.
Biden then went on to tout the benefits of his “Build Back Better” plan:
Cuts childcare costs in half, which would greatly help women who have left the work force for that reason.
Cuts the price of prescription drugs. Insulin, for example, which today costs some people as much as $1,000 a month will cost no more than $35 a month.
Cuts the cost of eldercare.
Lowers energy costs.
Biden then reiterated that his BBB plane will not raise taxes on those making under $400,000 a year, nor will it not only not raise the deficit, but cut it and boost the economy by getting more people into the workforce. Biden then cited the 17 Nobel prize winners for economics who have said BBB will ease long-term inflationary pressure. Biden said “Bottom line: If price increases are what you’re worried about, the best answer is my Build Back Better plan.” Which explains why republicans are against it. Not because they’re afraid it won’t work, but rather, because they know it will.
Biden was, at times, unapologetic, and even defiant. At other times, he was resolute and introspective. I was pleased to hear a dearth of his usual “bipartisan” rhetoric, which has been an ancient pipe dream since he began campaigning on it. Instead, he called republicans out for the obstructionists they are, saying “I did not anticipate that there’d be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn’t get anything done. Think about this: What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for?”
Really Joe? You were surprised when republicans acted like republicans? Where were you during the Obama presidency? I distinctly recall you having a rather prominent position then, yes? But at least Biden seems to be resolving himself to the fact his hope for bipartisan cooperation was and is just wishful, pie in the sky thinking.
Biden argued – and I would say effectively – that the contemptuous depiction of his administration thus far by the aforementioned RW media is a lie. I also believe he demonstrated himself to not be the brain-addled senior his foes on the right have tried to portray him as being.
But for me, it all comes down to these simple facts. No matter your opinion of Joseph R. Biden, he respects our institutions and our constitution and went into public service for the right reasons. And most importantly, he is not an authoritarian, dictator wannabe who’s desperate to remain out of jail, and thus, has never been – nor will he ever be – a threat to our democratic republic and our electoral process. Conversely, the orange verruga is and continues to be, by spewing his Big “Stolen Election” Lies.
I’m out of commission for the next 3 days, but upon my return, we’ll compose Part 2, and address the questions Biden took from the press.