In a recent exchange with reporters, President Joe Biden expressed frustration over the media’s coverage of the economy, as he continues to grapple with lackluster approval ratings on the issue. The president’s remarks came on Saturday, December 24, 2023, as he departed the White House for Camp David.
When asked about his outlook on the economy for the following year, the 81-year-old president responded with a succinct “All good,” before adding, “Take a look. Start reporting it the right way.”
WATCH: Biden rips media for economy coverage: "Start reporting it the right way!" pic.twitter.com/VQT1lulRwS— TV News Now (@TVNewsNow) December 26, 2023
Since assuming office, President Biden has faced challenges related to the economy, including high inflation, supply chain issues, and other economic concerns. As a result, his approval rating on the issue currently stands at 37.2%, while 59.7% of Americans disapprove of his economic stewardship, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average.
Inflation has shown signs of cooling, with the November 2023 rate at 3.1% for the previous 12 months. However, wages and incomes have yet to catch up with price increases, leaving the president struggling to gain ground with the electorate.
President Biden and his allies have attempted to transform the political liability into an asset by promoting so-called “Bidenomics” on the campaign trail, with mixed results. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump has generally scored higher ratings with the public on the economy, as the two may potentially face off in the upcoming 2024 election.
Biden scolds media for negative coverage of economy: 'Start reporting it the right way'. He means start lying more! 😎— Brian Taber (@socalcg69) December 25, 2023
In the same conversation with reporters, President Biden also commented on the recent legal challenges faced by Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election result. When asked if “any president is absolutely immune from criminal prosecution,” Biden replied, “I can’t think of one.”
On Friday, December 23, 2023, the Supreme Court rejected special counsel Jack Smith’s request for a quick ruling in the case. Trump’s attorneys have since filed their initial brief on the matter to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
As the political landscape continues to evolve, President Biden’s administration will need to address the public’s concerns about the economy in order to boost his approval ratings and secure a strong position in the 2024 election.
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