‘Things have gotten so much better for them,’ Biden claims, yet COVID-19 keeps Americans from seeing that.
President Biden claimed that Americans are finding it difficult to be happy because of the COVID-19 pandemic even though economic circumstances are improving.
Brian Tyler Cohen asked Joe Biden to discuss the frustrations he faced during his interview on Saturday, specifically the claim that some Democrats might feel that the party’s agenda is not moving forward quickly enough despite the fact that they are controlling both Congress and the White House.
“I think the biggest impact of the psychology of the country has been COVID,” said Biden, noting that this virus has claimed the lives of over 1 million Americans.
“And so, I think it’s hard for people to get their arms around the fact that we have the fastest growing economy in 40 years. Wages are actually up, not down. Unemployment’s the lowest it’s been under, you know, it’s just incredibly low, and it’s around in the three-point range.“
In addition, Biden said that some Americans are unable to see the progress made under his administration because of the psychological toll of COVID-19.
According to Biden, it is difficult for Americans to comprehend such things when they “wake up in the morning and wonder whether or not” their loved one might die from COVID-19.
“There’s a phenomenal negative psychological impact that COVID has had on the public psyche. And so you have an awful lot of people who are, notwithstanding the fact that things have gotten so much better for them economically, that they are thinking, but, how do you get up in the morning feeling happy? Happy that everything’s alright.“
In the interview, Biden said he hopes to be remembered as someone who brought back “some decency and honor to the office” of the presidency, as well as someone who helped the American middle class and repaired international alliances.
“I hope my legacy is that I was able to restore some decency and honor to the office; I was able to bring the middle class back to a place where they had real opportunity, given an even chance to succeed; and I was able to reconstruct our alliances, which had been frayed so badly, internationally, and that I was able to bring people together, bring the politics of America together,” said Biden.
Monday, President Biden was on a call with governors about combating the COVID-19 pandemic. “Look, there is no federal solution. This gets solved on the state level,”
Bring us together indeed.