A year after he declared COVID-19 on the run during a July Fourth speech, President Joe Biden is scrambling to reset bleak political prospects and win back an unhappy nation.
Like George W. Bush’s notorious “mission accomplished” moment in 2003, Biden’s COVID victory speech turned out to be fatally premature. Looking back, it might have been the high point of his presidency.
It’s safe to say that Biden’s outlandish campaign pledge to rein in COVID with “science” was, like his commitment to “unite” the country, nothing but hot air.
400,000 Americans have perished from the disease since last Fourth of July, when he declared the nation “closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus,” the New York Post’s James Bovard noted.
Biden’s bold claims of victory were scrambled by the Delta variant wave. He responded by frantically scapegoating millions of Americans who rejected the COVID vaccine.
In a notoriously vicious and deeply un-American speech, Biden blamed these Americans, and said patience with them was “wearing thin.”
It proved to be the start of a pattern. As his political fortunes darkened, Biden began to thrash about for others to blame — Russia, greedy oil companies, “ultra-MAGA” Republicans, even gas station owners.
Biden on the ropes
Today, COVID barely rates as an issue for most Americans, but Biden isn’t getting much credit for bringing back “normalcy” as a spiraling economy keeps the middle class on edge.
The cost of an Independence Day barbecue is up $10 compared to last year, when Biden touted a meager sixteen cents in savings. That boast looks comical today, as Americans shell out $5 on average for a gallon of gas.
Things really started to fall apart for Biden last August, with the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. The nation’s mood soured further as inflation that Biden dismissed as “transitory” proved a persistent burden on the middle class.
Whatever goodwill Biden had in the early months of his term has evaporated, and he has been abandoned by former media cheerleaders that have started broaching the topic of Biden’s fitness.
Addressing a skeptical nation on July Fourth, Biden claimed Monday that America’s “best days” are still ahead.