President Joe Biden, during a news conference at the White House on Wednesday, said that he he has ‘probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen’. His comments come as he completes one year in office.
When asked about the challenges the White House faced during his first year, President Biden said he didn’t overpromise. He addressed issues including a historic rise in inflation, a stalled domestic agenda and a rise in COVID-19 cases during the conference.
“I didn’t overpromise. What I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen. The fact of the matter is that we’re in a situation where we have made enormous progress. You mentioned the number of deaths from COVID. Well, it was three times that not long ago. It’s coming down. Everything is changing. It’s getting better,” Biden said.
The 46th President of the United States further added that one needs to acknowledge that his administration made enormous progress.
“I think if you take a look at what we’ve been able to do, you’d have to acknowledge we made enormous progress. But one of the things that I think is something that, one thing I haven’t been able to do so far, is get my Republican friends to get in the game at making things better in this country,” he added.
Biden acknowledged that the country is struggling with the high cost of living.
“We need to get inflation under control,” Biden said during his opening remarks.
Inflation at nearly a 40-year high has dogged the Biden administration, causing his public support to tumble even as economic growth and hiring has surged.
“Given the strength of our economy, and the pace of recent price increases, it’s important to recalibrate the support that is now necessary,” the president said in his opening remarks.