For some time now, President Joe Biden has consistently tried to downplay suggestions that America is headed in the wrong direction.
Yet as Breitbart noted, Biden recently admitted in a rare extended interview that things have not gone according to plan.
Biden blames negative feelings on mental health problems
According to the website, Biden participated in his first extended interview in over 100 days on Thursday when he spoke with reporters from the Associated Press for 30 minutes on Thursday.
“People are really, really down. They’re really down,” the president acknowledged, although he shifted blame away from his policies, insisting, “The need for mental health in America, it has skyrocketed, because people have seen everything upset.”
“Everything they’ve counted on upset. But most of its the consequence of what’s happened, what happened as a consequence of the COVID crisis,” he argued.
Biden also pushed back on predictions of a recession, saying, “First of all, it’s not inevitable. Secondly, we’re in a stronger position than any nation in the world to overcome this inflation.”
Rather, the president contended that Americans “shouldn’t believe a warning” and would be better served by saying, “‘Let’s see which way is correct.'”
What’s more, Biden also dismissed allegations by Republican critics that his high-dollar spending record has contributed to the inflation that consumers are grappling with as being “bizarre.”
“You could argue whether it had on the margin a minor impact on inflation,” he said. “I don’t think it did. And most economists do not. But the idea that it caused inflation is bizarre.”
A new poll finds that 60% disapprove of how Biden has handled the economy
“If it’s my fault, why is it the case in every other major industrial country in the world that inflation is higher?” Biden demanded. “You ask yourself that? I’m not being a wise guy.”
However, a recent Yahoo! News survey conducted by YouGov between June 10 and June 13 suggests that the president’s protestations may be falling on deaf ears.
The poll found that Biden’s overall disapproval rating stood at 57% percent, with 40% of respondents saying they “strongly disapprove” of how the president has performed at his job. That total grew to 60% when survey participants asked about how Biden has handled the economy.