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Several major mainstream news outlets have claimed that President Joe Biden’s recent legislative successes represent a “hot streak” that could tip his presidency into one perceived as successful rather than “difficult”.
Over the past two weeks, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and Politico have all run stories claiming Biden’s recent successes show he’s on the right track and contradict claims he’s been a bad president.
This new media trend seemed to kick off in late July with a Politico report insisting that “Joe Biden is back in the game.” The article provided a glowing response to progress made on Biden’s economic and environmental agenda thanks to a deal reached between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va. , on the Inflation Reduction Act.
At the time, Politico wrote: “After enduring a brutal year dominated by economic angst, legislative setbacks and declining approval ratings, the President is suddenly on the verge of a turnaround that the House says Blanche, could save his summer – and alter the trajectory of his presidency.”
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In a Politico Magazine opinion column published the same week, the paper’s founding editor John Harris claimed that Manchin’s newfound support for Biden’s economic agenda indicated that “suddenly the mood is improves” and that the president’s leadership needs a “reassessment”.
Harris provided his own reassessment that Biden could be a “better president than people thought.” Contrary to polls indicating that even most Democrats don’t want Biden any longer than necessary, Harris insisted that Biden deserved a “solid B” grade for his presidency so far.
Despite the president’s low approval rating, runaway inflation and the fact that the US economy has reached the threshold of what was traditionally considered a recession, the idea that Biden is succeeding has continued.
Last Sunday, Politico’s “Playbook” hailed Biden as one of “the most legislatively successful presidents of the modern era” due to the recent passage of the Cut Inflation Act. Calling Biden’s success on his economic agenda “pretty impressive”, authors Ryan Lizza and Eugene Daniels added that there is “not much debate anymore” whether Biden is a consecutive president or not.
The Washington Post praised Biden’s recent “hot streak” in a report on Monday, saying the passage of the Cut Inflation Act “capped a remarkable three weeks for Biden, much of which was coincided with its covid isolation, including the passage of large bills to help sick veterans and boost computer chip makers; historic job growth numbers; steadily falling gas prices; an expansion unique feature of NATO; and the long-sought murder of the leader of al-Qaeda.”
The report added, “His challenge now, supporters say, is to turn this hot streak into a pivotal point that reorients his presidency and energizes Democrats.”
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A CNN Politics report on Wednesday claimed that although Biden’s “political standing among the public has diminished,” his recent success could give him and the Democratic Party the turnaround they need.
The article stated: “Upcoming bill signings – along with other related achievements such as the recent targeted assassination of Osama bin Laden’s successor and the continued decline in gasoline prices – represent the possibility that Biden get the midterm boost Democrats were hoping for.”
And a Tuesday New York Times article by the outlet’s chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker, claimed Biden’s recent success shows he’s “on a roll.” “Suddenly the administration that couldn’t do anything right, that couldn’t take a break, was on a roll any president would appreciate,” he wrote.
Baker even went so far as to claim that Biden’s successes – which he listed as “major legislation being passed, at least some economic indicators moving in the right direction, and the world’s most wanted terrorist killed after a two-decade manhunt” — put the president among the ranks of “even maybe FDR and LBJ” in terms of every former president’s “two-year legislative record.”
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