Biden in 500 Days – The American Conservative
With around 500 days in office, Joe Biden is testing the limits of those who claimed 501 days ago that “anyone” is better than Donald Trump. With the threat of nuclear war now alive, Biden rules the highest gas prices, worst inflation and saddest stock market in generations. It’s not tomorrow in America anymore. It’s late Sunday afternoon and it’s raining.
Start with his record-breaking vacation time. Criticizing him for weekends in Mar-a-Lago and pointing out how much the Secret Service paid him for their housing became a meme during the Trump years. But as he marks Day 500, Biden braces for another weekend scram and is on track to take more vacation time than any of his predecessors. Since taking office, Biden has spent 191 days away from the White House on vacation at one of his two properties in Delaware, Camp David and Nantucket. Trump spent 381 days outside the White House in four years.
And as for Secret Service room bills, the service pays them for every president. Members of the service are prohibited from accepting “gifts,” even the free accommodations necessary to protect the President. At Biden’s home in Delaware, he hired the Secret Service $2,200 a month’s rent for a cottage on his property when he was vice president. He earned a total of $66,000 from the service in 2013, and while no contemporary numbers are available, they’re certainly as high as they were under Trump and the others. Hillary shopped second Secret Service-only home in upstate New York, in anticipation of their 2016 victory.
But what about the time Joe Biden actually spent in the White House? How have the 500 days gone so far? Above all, Biden succeeded in constructing a new form of war in Ukraine – not entirely cold and not entirely hot. American Special Forces could soon be in Kyiv and American ships on the ground Black Sea. Ukrainians have boasted about how American intelligence and targeting information was used to kill Russian ships, tanks and generals.Regardless of what an intrusion into the global black arms market might mean, Biden is sending billions of top-tier weapons into the nation with the stated goal of bleeding Russia dry. When something like this was attempted in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the US had the usual courtesy to do it through the CIA and keep at least some of it secret. No longer.
In turn, Vladimir Putin has repeatedly reminded the world that he has nuclear weapons, which he is not too averse to using. Joe Biden has succeeded where presidents have failed since 1989: He sends Americans to bed at night for fear of a nuclear holocaust. That’s his greatest foreign policy achievement, barring the disastrous evacuation from Afghanistan and a real-soon-to-be trip to forgive the Saudis their sins and become the first president since the 1970s to openly beg for more oil.
For the record, Trump was the only president in about 20 years not to start a new war during his tenure, and the only one to seek peace with North Korea during the same period, a country that Joe Biden continues to ignore official policy . When asked in Seoul if he had one message for Kim Jong Un, Biden said: “Hello. Period.”
In other achievements of the leader of the free world was Biden snubbed of Mexico refusing to attend the Americas Summit because Biden wouldn’t also invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all the bouts of Cold War that keeps Joe alive for a new millennium. “There can be no summit unless all countries are invited,” Mexico’s president said at a press conference. “Or there may be one, but they should continue with all the politics of interventionism.” It really is 1980 again.
Additional leadership has been shown in Europe, where Germany and France have agreed to US demands to stop buying Russian energy – but just not for a few more months, okay? They have stopped buying ship-delivered energy as a face-saving gesture while continuing to lap up the massive pipelined materials. But Biden went to Europe twice and declared “America is back,” so that’s it.
As for domestic achievements, everyone in America knows about Joe’s flatulence. Biden appears to see no connection between his domestic production restrictions and sanctions on Russian energy, cuts in supply as demand rises, and inflationary prices. The good news is that we have imposed sanctions on Russia – well, no, that’s not good news; Russia is still fighting in Ukraine, which means sanctions have failed in their primary function. Biden will appear to give them more time as the US does not seek negotiations to otherwise limit or end the fight.
Of course, Joe eventually passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending bill that could in no way have contributed to inflation by pumping money into an economy still chasing scarce commodities from supply chain problems. He also signed the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief Act into law which also could not have contributed to inflation by putting money into an economy still chasing scarce goods from supply chain problems. At least wages are going up, which injects more money into an already inflationary economy.
The media actually listed Joe’s Biggest Achievements for us, if it was hard to choose, including appointing a boatload of judges, 80 percent women and 53 percent black (“Judges that reflect our nation”).
Biden has also strategically secured America by lifting the Trump ban on transgender people serving in the military.
Actually the White House boasts It has the first non-white majority cabinet in history, with the most women of any cabinet, including the first female Treasury Secretary, the first LGBTQ and Native American cabinet officials, and the first female director of National Intelligence.
But it’s always best to go to the source, and the White House has maintained its own list of “record firsts” in Joe’s presidency. You can read them yourself, but you’ll run into the same problem as everyone else: It’s all boasting with no links, sources, or details attached. For example, we hear that Joe was “the most economically important of all first-year presidents,” but no more. AhOK.
Much of the rest – unemployment and child poverty, for example – actually got better in numbers, but there’s no word on how anything Joe did caused to improve these things. It’s like attributing yourself to a comet that passed under your watch, especially considering how much “not our fault” junk this administration throws around when someone raises an issue like inflation.
On issues important to Democrats like gun control, abortion and climate change, Biden rates a zero. The EPA continues recommend Flint, Michigan residents use filters in their homes to remove lead from public water. Joe has taken home the idea that unless a president has a supermajority in both the House and the Supreme Court, it’s best not to expect much of him. In fact, Biden can’t even argue with his own party, with two key Democratic senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, obstructing much of his legislative agenda.
Across the aisle, Biden predicted that Republicans would have a “epiphany‘ after Trump left office, but that hasn’t happened yet. The mid-term defeat of the Democrats planned for November 2022 will not help. And we haven’t even talked about Biden’s dead man lifestyle and walk-it-back gaffes.
so that it Has only 500 days ago. There is still a lot of time.
Peter Van Buren is the author of We Mean Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Hooper’s War: A Novel of World War II Japan, and Ghosts by Tom Joad: A History of the 99 Percent.