President Joe Biden has faced challenges on multiple fronts this week, from gas shortages and reports of rising inflation at home to an outbreak of violence in Israel.
According to the New York Post, Biden has also been the recipient of some unflattering comparisons to former President Jimmy Carter as he pursues an agenda many critics believe is doomed to fail.
“Very unfair to Jimmy Carter”
Former President Donald Trump jumped at the opportunity to weigh in, stating: “I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter.”
After taking office with a pledge to “build back better” amid the recovery from a public health crisis, events seem to prove that the president’s ambitions have not aligned with the circumstances for most Americans.
What really seemed to serve as the driving force behind the comparisons to Carter, however, was the brief but substantial fuel supply interruption caused by a ransomware cyberattack on a critical U.S. pipeline.
The Colonial Pipeline subsequently paid a $5 million ransom and, although the underlying issue had been resolved, the gas crisis continued in many areas of the nation as of Friday.
“Mishandled crisis after crisis”
In his scathing statement, Trump noted an important distinction between the two Democratic presidents had apparently been overlooked by those making the comparison.
“Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis,” the former commander in chief wrote, specifically citing crises impacting the border, U.S. economy, Israel, and gasoline.
The conflict between Palestine and Israel continued to deepen as the week dragged on, culminating in reports of a possible ground invasion by Israeli troops just days after Biden predicted that the fighting would soon come to an end.
For its part, the New York Post editorial board described the Biden administration’s rhetoric, including a description of the fuel shortage as a mere “supply crunch,” as evidence of a willingness among the president’s allies to redefine reality.
Among many Americans who remember the economic decline of the late 1970s, Biden’s behavior evokes some startling memories. Despite the political headwinds he faces, however, Biden is not backing down from his plans to push for a multitrillion-dollar agenda through Congress in a quixotic bid to earn his place in history alongside another Democratic predecessor: Franklin D. Roosevelt.