President Joe Biden’s dismal poll numbers show no sign of turning around, with a Civiqs survey published this past weekend putting his approval rating at just 32%.
However, the Washington Examiner has reported that some administration allies hope that his latest staff member will act as a secret weapon when it comes to boosting support.
Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is being brought in to replace Cedric Richmond as director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.
“Mayor Bottoms understands that democracy is about making government work for working families, for the people who are the backbone of this country,” the Examiner quoted Biden as saying of Bottom’s appointment.
“She led the city of Atlanta with strength through the pandemic, through a summer of protests and pain, and through the mass shooting that left Atlanta’s Asian American community in fear,” he continued.
“Keisha is bright, honorable, tough and has the integrity required to represent our Administration to the American public,” the president stressed, adding, “Jill and I have known Keisha for a long time and look forward to working with her more closely.”
For her part, Bottom is reported to have put out a statement of her own in which she touted the need for “diversity of thought and experiences within the White House.”
“I am looking forward to helping continue the impactful work that is being done on behalf of the American people,” the former mayor continued.
Some have argued that Biden’s decision to hire Bottoms is an effort to shore up lagging support from African American voters, a group widely seen as being key to Democratic success.
One of them is Georgia Democratic strategist Fred Hicks, who told the Examiner, “Black voters and Black women are the most loyal voting block of the Democratic Party.”
“Putting someone who has a very high and very positive national profile in this kind of a position is very, very important,” he added.
According to the Civiqs poll, support for Biden has fallen sharply among African Americans, dropping from 85% in January of 2021 to just 58% today.