Presidents run into complications when they appear to be controlled by events rather than the other way around. This is the situation Joe Biden is now at the forefront of.
The President is currently facing a series of unmanageable domestic and global crises he has no power to rectify instantly. These are a bunch of political crunches caused and aggravated by his own decisions and a deepening belief of a White House under siege.
A challenging political environment has emerged for Biden with the following factors in play: rising gasoline prices and inflation, a global supply chain backup that could leave Santa’s sled empty, and a pandemic that won’t go away despite Biden being elected to fix it.
The economy appears to have forgotten how to get people working again. That’s primarily due to a summer surge in coronavirus cases, fuelled mostly by conservatives who avoid vaccination. They also see mandates and masking as a form of government oppression.
Biden has been in Washington for almost five decades. Hence, he may be more optimistic than most about the boom and bust cycle of presidencies. This cycle, however, has become more robust by social media and harmful national polarization. With his approval ratings sliding down quickly, the President confronts a political imperative to enforce his authority amid a persistent national sense that there’s a lot that is going wrong.
Democrats are already worried that the midterm elections next year will go the Republican route. And ex-President Donald Trump is snooping on the sidelines, gleefully taking digs at Biden’s struggles. Trump has been fuelling a sense of chaos, which has caused his popularity to rise.
Even the White House asserts things aren’t going as planned. “This is a really tough time in our country. We’re still battling Covid, and a lot of people thought we’d be through it, including us,” press secretary Jen Psaki stated recently.