Politico gives Biden failing grade on last year's border and social media promises

By 
 March 8, 2024

President Joe Biden traveled to Capitol Hill on Thursday evening where he delivered his annual State of the Union address.

However, Politico's verdict on the promises made in Biden's last State of the Union speech suggests that even many within his own political family are losing patience. 

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The website assigned Biden a failing grade when it came to immigration and dealing with the ongoing crisis along America's southern border.

Biden boasted last February of having "a record number of personnel working to secure the border, arresting 8,000 human smugglers and seizing over 23,000 pounds of fentanyl in just the last several months."

However, CNN reported that 2023 proved to be an even deadlier year for fatal drug overdoses than the prior year had been.

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Dr. Nora Volkow serves as director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, and she said the figures came as a surprise.

"I was expecting that overdose deaths would go down after the big jump during the Covid pandemic, as we resume our everyday life. So to me, it is very concerning that these numbers remain so elevated," Volkow was quoted as telling CNN.

The president also bragged that "unlawful migration from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela has come down 97 percent."

Yet even Politico acknowledged that the southern border has since been "inundated" by illegal migrants, something which has forced Biden "to ramp up attacks on Republicans as the messaging battle heats up in 2024."

Meanwhile, a poll aggregate maintained by Real Clear Politics shows that 66% of Americans disapprove of how he has handled the issue.

Politico gives Biden failing grade on social media pledge

Politico also determined that the president failed to deliver on last year's call to "hold social media companies accountable for the experiment they are running on our children for profit."

The website noted that "Congress has made little progress on the issue" despite lawmakers introducing "a number of bills, including the Kids Online Safety Act earlier this year."

"That specific legislation has won support from a number of children’s groups and medical associations, but some civil rights groups have expressed opposition to the bill, warning that its vague language could threaten free speech," Politico explained.

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