“The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command.”
Joe Biden is apparently confused by his disastrous poll numbers and annoyed that his staff constantly clarifies his remarks.
This paints a picture of an administration in complete disarray and panicking about cratering support from the public.
One of the most shocking things about this report is that it comes from NBC News:
Inside a Biden White House adrift
Faced with a worsening political predicament, President Joe Biden is pressing aides for a more compelling message and a sharper strategy while bristling at how they’ve tried to stifle the plain-speaking persona that has long been one of his most potent assets.
Biden is rattled by his sinking approval ratings and is looking to regain voters’ confidence that he can provide the sure-handed leadership he promised during the campaign, people close to the president say.
Crises have piled up in ways that have at times made the Biden White House look flat-footed: record inflation, high gas prices, a rise in Covid case numbers — and now a Texas school massacre that is one more horrific reminder that he has been unable to get Congress to pass legislation to curb gun violence. Democratic leaders are at a loss about how he can revive his prospects by November, when midterm elections may cost his party control of Congress.
It’s clear from the article that people expected Biden to be able to manage the presidency easily, given his years of experience in Washington, which is absurd given that he was a lawmaker, except for the eight years where he did next to nothing as Obama’s VP:
Amid a rolling series of calamities, Biden’s feeling lately is that he just can’t catch a break. “Biden is frustrated. If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” said a person close to the president.
An assumption baked into Biden’s candidacy was that he would preside over a smoothly running administration by dint of his decades of experience in public office. Yet there are signs of managerial breakdowns that have angered both him and his party.
It also addresses the fact that Biden repeatedly sticks his foot in his mouth. Staffers have to rush out to ‘clarify’ what he really meant:
Beyond policy, Biden is unhappy about a pattern that has developed inside the West Wing. He makes a clear and succinct statement — only to have aides rush to explain that he actually meant something else. The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command.
This part is almost unbelievable:
Biden has vented to aides about not getting credit from Americans or the news media for actions he believes have helped the country, particularly on the economy.
Biden doesn’t think he gets any credit from the media? Somewhere, Trump is laughing.
Ace of Spades puts it in perspective:
The magnitude of Joe Biden’s failures is now so large that even Joe Biden is beginning to grasp it. That’s how big a thing this is. Even f’n’ Joe Biden gets it now.
He now realizes that the midterms will be a historic repudiation, and that 2024 will probably be one as well.
And that he will go down as a worse President than Jimmy Carter.
If nothing else, this article is a loud and clear message to the Biden administration from the liberal media.
Get it together or we won’t be able to save you in 2024.
It’s also worth mentioning that on the same day this report dropped on NBC News, Politico reported that black staffers are fleeing the Biden White House:
Biden sees exodus of Black staffers and some frustration among those who remain
At least 21 Black staffers have left the White House since late last year or are planning to leave soon. Some of those who remain say it’s no wonder why: They describe a work environment with little support from their superiors and fewer chances for promotion.
The departures have been so pronounced that, according to one current and one former White House official, some Black aides have adopted a term for them: “Blaxit.”…
The exodus has raised concerns among outside observers who push for the diversification of government ranks.
“I have heard about an exodus of Black staffers from the White House — ‘Blaxit’ — and I am concerned,” said Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which tracks government staff diversity numbers. “Black voters accounted for 22 percent of President Biden’s voters in November 2020.
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