Biden's First Year Criticized Across the Spectrum

Headline Roundup January 19th, 2022

One year into President Joe Biden's White House stint, news media across the spectrum are highlighting his successes, failures and the road ahead.

Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021 and quickly signed a series of executive orders. Since then, many of his administration's major initiatives have stalled due in part to dissent from moderate Democrats and a failure to win over Republicans. Biden's signature Build Back Better economic plan is held up in Congress, and his push for voting reform is hung up on the Senate's hesitance to get rid of the filibuster and opposition from key moderates. Meanwhile, new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. remain high despite Biden's focus on encouraging vaccinations and public safety. Several major polls reported this week that Biden's approval rating is at its lowest point of his presidency.

Left-rated and right-rated voices both addressed Biden's failure to advance major agenda items such as Build Back Better and new voting legislation. Right-rated voices often highlighted the violent Afghanistan withdrawal and chaotic fallout, the southern border crisis, high inflation and falling approval ratings as marks against Biden. Tucker Carlson (Right bias) argued that the mainstream media is starting to turn on Biden over his policy shortcomings. Charles Lane (Center) said one of the year's biggest takeaways was the Republican party's growing strength. Leana Wen (Lean Left) called on Biden to articulate a better COVID-19 strategy in his second year. An analysis from Politico (Lean Left) highlighted how voters graded Biden's first year poorly.

From the Right

Imagine President Joe Biden opening up the doors on his advent calendar on these final days before Christmas.

On the 21st, the doors reveal: a graph depicting the decline in Biden’s approval ratings from 55 percent in January to 44 percent today,

On the 22nd: a photograph of a helicopter hovering over the US embassy in Kabul as Afghanistan falls to the Taliban in August.

On the 23rd: another graph, this time of the inflation rate, rising from 1.4 percent on Election Day to 6.8 percent in November.

And finally, on December 24th: Sen. Joe Manchin, the man who finally performed a...

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From the Left

Joe Biden’s long arc in public life has always had one final ambition: to sit behind the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office.

He achieved it — albeit, at 78, as the oldest person to assume the presidency. After the turbulence and chaos of his predecessor, Donald Trump, Biden was seen by voters as one who could restore a sense of normalcy and a reassuring tone to the White House.

But Biden also found out, as all his predecessors have, that events beyond his control would shape his time in office...

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From the Center

In the two months since signing the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law, President Biden has by almost every measure bombed big time on the things that matter most.

The big picture: Biden, who marks one year in office next Thursday, has never been less popular nationally, after personally lobbying his party and the public on Build Back Better and voting rights — and failing.

Baffling COVID messaging caused former Biden advisers to stage a media intervention, going public with a call for a less reactive strategy.

Why it matters: Biden is on the verge of losing two big fights of his choosing...

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