Biden closed by again talking about “the truth” as he prepares to hit the road to sell a piece of legislation that has already passed and been signed into law. We’ve been inundated with polling that claims the American Rescue Plan is overwhelmingly popular, so why go to such lengths to sell it now?
Because the word is out — the bill has little to do with Covid relief. A $1,400 check is not going to lift anyone out of poverty, despite slobbering to the contrary. The cold political truth is that the economy is already improving without the bill, but Biden wants to connect that improvement with legislation that will have little to do with our recovery.
Biden and his political team do this all the time — making promises that are, if you scratch the surface, ridiculously easy to fulfill. In his speech Thursday, Biden said he would order all states and territories to open up vaccines to all American adults by May 1. Does anyone really think we won’t be there long before that anyway?
Biden might as well be in the White House backyard dunking on a 7-foot goal.
The parts of the speech where Biden excelled were in his empathetic statements about the suffering of the American people during the pandemic. His campaign was heavy on empathy, and he’s following through on it. By fulfilling a president’s role as Healer-in-Chief, Biden doesn’t have to mention his predecessor to continue to remind Americans why they turned Trump out last November.