On September 1st, President Joe Biden gave a speech about the latest jobs report in which he tried patting himself on the back and instead got bombarded by the media with embarrassing questions about Hunter, the failure of Bidenomics, and his personal finances. Predictably, they were questions from which he ran away instead of trying to answer.
Beginning the speech, Biden had tried congratulating himself and his administration on the state of employment in America, saying that right now is one of “the strongest job-creating periods in our history.” Suggested there is that his presidency was, though much of the “job creation” for which he gloats was the result of loosening terrible Covid policies, not any decisive intervention in the economy on his part.
Continuing with that deceptively phrased claim about employment, Biden said, “And it wasn’t that long ago that America was losing jobs. In fact, my predecessor was the — one of only two presidents in history who entered his presidency and left with fewer jobs than when he entered.” Again, ignored there is that the “job losses” were the result of Covid lockdowns in blue states, not any disastrous meddling in the economy by Trump.
In any case, Biden was far from done. He then went on to pat himself on the back for how wonderful things supposedly are, saying, “Look — look at where we are now. Just this morning, we learned that the economy created 190,000 jobs last month. All told, we’ve added 13.5 million jobs since I took office — around 800,000 of them manufacturing jobs. We created more jobs in two years than any president ever created in a four-year — single four-year term. We did it in two years. What’s more, when I took office, the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted that it would not get below 4 percent until the end of 2025.
He also managed to sneak in a gaffe, proudly saying that he has kept the unemployment rate under “14 percent,” by which he likely meant 4 percent. He said, “Now, unemployment — the unemployment rate has been below 14 percent for the last 19 months, the longest stretch in over 50 years.”
The speech then continued on with much the same collection of boring and inane remarks, with Biden ending it by saying, “Every day across this country, ordinary people get up and do extraordinary things. And thanks to them, we’re going to continue to grow our economy from the middle out and the bottom up with good-paying jobs, more breathing room for families, and American workers building the industries of the future. They remind us of who we are. I’m going to keep saying this: We’re the United States of America. There is simply nothing beyond our capacity when we set our mind to it and do it together.”
That’s when things got interesting. Instead of cheering for Biden and covering for him, a volley of questions about embarrassing topics for the president was launched his way. Yelling out their questions, the reporters asked things like “Why are so many Americans living paycheck to paycheck?” and “Why did you interact with so many of your son’s foreign business partners?” Another asked, “Will you give your bank records to Congress?”