When the 79-year-old tested positive for the coronavirus last week, it looked like nature had decided to pile on his already difficult list of man-made crises: the highest inflation in four decades, during his presidency. Fewer elections, and a smaller Democratic congressional majority apparently unable to do anything.
Fast forward to Wednesday and Biden, declared Covid free by his doctor, emerged from white House Residence for employees cheering in the Rose Garden.
The sun was shining – literally and politically.
“Now I have to go back Oval Office,” he said with applause, looking like he was opening a birthday present.
due to spring BidenA step beyond the beneficial effects of a five-day course of therapeutic Paxlovid, which helped him through Covid.
The Senate, where Democrats and Republicans are split 50-50 and almost never cooperate, on Wednesday elected to pass a $52 billion bill to fund domestic manufacturing of semiconductors — the high-tech ones at the heart of nearly every piece of modern equipment. Widget. Republicans were on board.
If approved by the House, the decision to throw the federal burden behind private domestic production would create thousands of high-skilled jobs and, crucially, begin to address the dangerous US redundancies on foreign companies.
The bill fits neatly into one of his main priorities for Biden, restoring the kind of government-backed research and development he says will decide whether the United States can keep up with China. No.
Then a few hours later, with Biden in the Oval Office, came the shocking news of another potential Senate victory.
This time it wasn’t fighting the Republicans who were brought around, but the always-unpredictable Senator Joe Manchin—a conservative Democrat from tiny West Virginia whose 50-50 Senate vote would have given him veto power over everything. Is.
For 18 months, Munchkin has played with Biden’s nerves, haggling over everything. When it came to the president’s signature Build Back Better bill, a slew of social and climate-related expenses, the West Virginian negotiated forever before eventually refusing to go along and defeating Biden.
So it was a surprise Wednesday when Manchin announced he would support a small, yet impressive bill to allocate $369 billion to clean energy and climate initiatives and $64 billion to state-funded healthcare. does.
Biden thanked Munchkin for his “extraordinary effort.”
Not only did Munchkin come well in the end, but he announced his move only after Republicans were tempted to vote for the semiconductors bill—some of them say they never would have done it if they had known that Democrats The second was about the spring, the big spending package.
Democrats are suddenly on a roll and Biden, even with the approval rating stuck below 40 percent, thinks his continued optimism will hold true.
As data emerged that the US economy was shrinking for the second quarter in a row, its employees worked overtime to remove the ‘R’ word from conversations.
“The way we look is that we are not currently in a recession or pre-recession,” said press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Biden, of course, wasn’t apologizing: “We’re on the right track,” he said as the news broke.