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Joe Biden ‘Turns Around Presidency,’ Boston Globe Claims

August 13, 2022

Joe Biden is doing so well as president lately that Democrats may keep both chambers of Congress after the November elections, The Boston Globe reported.

The news story is headlined:  “ ‘A bit of a superhero.’ Biden turns around presidency with recent successes that buoy Democrats ahead of midterms.”

The top of the story is built around a tweet posted by a White House deputy press secretary showing Biden “with robotic red eyes,” as the Globe story puts it, and a quote from the tweet stating:  “Dark Brandon is crushing it.”

The story was published Saturday, August 13, a day after Congress approved a climate change and health care bill that Biden supports. As positives for Biden, the story also mentions the forthcoming Inflation Reduction Bill, recent decreases in gas prices from their historic highs, jobs growth in July, his appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, and pro-abortion backlash against the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“The successes have fueled optimism among Democrats that the party might defy history and hold its slim congressional majorities in November as the president’s low approval rating has begun inching upward,” the Boston Globe story states.

The link in the previous sentence is to the web site FiveThirtyEight, which does indeed show a recent uptick in Biden’s approval rating – since its recent low on July 21 at 37.5 percent, it’s now 40.3 percent, an increase of 2.8 percentage points.

However, Biden’s approval rating is lower than Donald Trump’s was at Day 570 of his presidency, and his disapproval is rating is higher than Trump’s was, according to FiveThirtyEight.  Biden’s approval rating is 40.3 percent, as opposed to Trump’s 41.8 percent. Biden’s disapproval rating is 55.4 percent, as opposed to Trump’s 52.5 percent. (Day 570 of a four-year presidential term is August 12 of the second year.)

In 2018, which was Trump’s midterm election year, Republicans lost the U.S. House of Representatives and made modest gains in the U.S. Senate.

The Boston Globe story paraphrases a presidential historian as rating Biden’s presidency as “moderately successful so far.”

On the negative side, the story acknowledges, are inflation, the Afghanistan withdrawal, and Biden’s tendency to “seem[] … impotent.”

The story does not mention that during each of the first two quarters of 2022 the country’s Gross Domestic Product decreased, which as the web site Trading Economics notes, means “the American economy shrank … technically entering a recession.”

The story also does not mention Biden’s mental health, about which a recent poll published by Issues & Insights found that 59 percent of Americans are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned.” 

 

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