Despite President Joe Biden announcing he will be running for reelection, his approval ratings are unsatisfactory. His supporters are starting to turn their backs on him because of various issues that have arisen in the less than one year since he took office, such as economic issues and the inadequate response to COVID-19.
‘He’s Not What He Once Was’
There is much concern about Biden’s health, especially his mental health. Biden’s appearances on TV these days seem to lack energy and there is an especially big difference compared to his heyday, when he dominated U.S. politics. In every speech, he has shown slips in memory loss and made frequent mistakes in speech. One political analyst put it this way: “He’s missing a beat. He’s not what he once was.”* “Miss a beat” refers to hesitation when you need to push ahead.
‘If You Aren’t Going To Help, at Least Get Out of the Way’
The Biden administration’s policy concerning mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations has faced opposition. Recently, Republican politicians collectively sued, raising their banners in revolt. Biden responded to those Republican politicians by saying, “If you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way.” He was criticized for having an overly emotional response. Like the legend of the American automobile industry, Lee Iacocca, frequently said, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
‘No Serious Economist Is Suggesting Price Increases Could Spiral Out of Control’
The most serious concern is that prices are soaring. At his recent speech at the Port of Baltimore, Biden revealed that the administration is “prioritizing getting prices down.” However, just a couple of months ago there was a time when he underestimated it: “No serious economist is suggesting price increases could spiral out of control.” In addition to the inflation issue, the Biden administration has also been criticized for its lack of ability to analyze situations in foreign affairs, such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan. There is a verb, “spiral,” in front of “out of control.” The word “spiral” has a large visual effect.
*Editor’s Note: This quotation, accurately translated, could not be verified.