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Joe Biden Has Reason to Fear His First State of the Union Address

AMAC Exclusive – By Alan Jamison

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One of the first big political events of the new year is typically the president’s annual State of the Union Address, which is rightly considered the “Super Bowl” of presidential events. This most widely anticipated speech of the political year usually takes place in January, except for extraordinary circumstances like a government shutdown. In fact, no commander-in-chief of the modern era has ever given a State of the Union address later than February 12.  This year, however, Americans may have to wait weeks or even months longer than usual to hear President Biden deliver his first formal State of the Union. According to reports, the White House is considering March 1 as a potential date for the speech, leading many political observers to ask an obvious question – why the delay?

While the White House hasn’t offered any explanation, one seemingly clear answer is that by any reasonable measure, the state of the union under Joe Biden is very bad.  And when it comes specifically to his performance on COVID-19, Biden’s record is awful. Biden promised throughout his 2020 campaign to get the pandemic under control by using the authority of the federal government. But the country is now seeing more than 1 million cases per day, five times more than ever before. More Americans died of COVID-19 in 2021 than all of 2020, restaurants and businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, and schools are shutting back down in a similar fashion as to when the pandemic first hit the United States. Americans are even struggling to find over-the-counter COVID-19 tests weeks after Biden promised to make 500 million tests available for free.

To make matters worse, just days ago Biden appeared to throw up his hands in defeat, claiming that there was “no federal solution” to the pandemic. This also comes after Biden declared victory over the virus in a speech last summer, and before that was handed three vaccines and the most robust testing operation in the world by the Trump administration.

Given this objective reality, it makes perfect sense to postpone the State of the Union speech for as long as possible, hoping that political circumstances change before March 1.  It will be hard to either ignore or explain away his failures on COVID-19 in such a high-profile speech if there’s no good news to report. So it’s a good bet for Mr. Biden to delay –  as his pandemic performance can’t get much worse, while the natural course of the virus is likely to result in dramatically declining cases and deaths before March 1. 

As Politico reported earlier this week, Biden administration officials “are hoping this surge drops dramatically in the next few weeks.” If that is the case, a decline in case numbers could provide Mr. Biden with a slight reprieve if he chooses to delay his State of the Union address until March. After all, at the current rate of infection, most Americans may have already had COVID-19 by March 1.

However, even if the pandemic does abate somewhat in the coming weeks, that likely won’t distract much from the litany of other crises facing the nation. The annual inflation rate in the United States recently reached the highest level in nearly four decades, as prices reportedly increased by 5.7% through November of last year. Supply chain issues have also ravaged the nation over the past few months, leaving store shelves empty as families prepared for the holidays. Add to that a border crisis, crime wave, and numerous foreign policy fiascos, and the American people are unlikely to buy any positive spin Biden’s speechwriters attempt to put on what was a disastrous first year in office. 

The White House may also now find themselves grasping for what to say in the speech to rally Congressional Democrats given that they have already failed to pass his main agenda items despite having control of both chambers of Congress. Throughout his 2020 campaign, Mr. Biden promised to enact a sweeping far-left agenda to appease progressives, but Joe Manchin just delivered what could be a knockout blow to the White House’ signature spending plan that included many of those left-wing priorities like Green New Deal-type climate policies and massively expanded government welfare. Accordingly, Mr. Biden’s advisors may be trying to buy themselves time, hoping that Congress will pass something that they can tout as an accomplishment so that they do not have to send Joe Biden to Capitol Hill to pitch an agenda that appears to already be dead in the water.

There’s also the fact that Mr. Biden has struggled through a number of far lower-profile speeches throughout his first year in office, often appearing confused or misspeaking at the podium. Aides seem to be acutely aware of his shortcomings as a public speaker, and have made numerous attempts to shield him from the spotlight and prevent him from taking questions from reporters. Perhaps with more time to prepare, Biden’s handlers are hopeful that the President can deliver a passable performance.

Such motivations may have been at play last year as well, when Biden waited a shockingly long time to deliver his first Address to a Joint Session of Congress, the special name given to the State-of-the-Union-like speech a president gives shortly after taking office. Biden pushed it all the way back to April 28. When Biden finally did give the speech, it was to lackluster response, with even liberal commentators on television conceding it was an uninspiring “laundry list.” Biden also waited more than 100 days to give his first solo press conference, when all of his 15 most recent predecessors had given one within 33 days of taking office.

Even if Congress does manage to pass a bill, or virus case numbers do come down, Mr. Biden will still have a herculean task ahead of him when he finally decides to deliver his State of the Union Address this year. As Americans face one crisis after another and Democrats have been frustrated by divisions within their own party, it seems that few people on either side of the political aisle are satisfied with Mr. Biden’s leadership. For the White House, this creates the unenviable situation of trying to craft a speech that no one will be satisfied with, looking for answers that may, quite simply, not exist.

And if the State of the Union is anything like one of the major sporting events of the year, there’s also the question of whether this year’s speech will elicit echoes of the same cheer that has made its way to stadiums and race tracks across the country: “Let’s Go Brandon!”

Americans will probably have to wait another month or two to see.

Alan Jamison is the pen name of a political writer with extensive experience writing for several notable politicians and news outlets.


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Don Baker
7 days ago

I am 79 years old and I have never seen a president as clueless and incompetent as Biden. He did accomplish one thing that I thought was an impossibility, and was to make Carter look competent. In his entire political career this buffoon has never made a correct decision on any issue. He is a liar, a crook and totally corrupt. He displays an intense hatred for our bill of rights ad represents a clear and present danger to the United States.

Rich C
8 days ago

If, as Biden says, there is no federal solution, why do we even need a state of the union speech? OK, there really IS a “federal” solution. It’s called the socialist agenda. If anything doesn’t meet the “agenda”, there is no solution. Otherwise you better believe there’s a solution for their agenda. It’s called Reshaping America for the masses that will be required to submit to whatever the “government” decides the people must do. The less the people think, the better the control. We are right on track for what these communists want. Wake up people! 2022 may be our last chance to start turning this sinking ship around, to save this nation.

JayBeeEs
8 days ago

Biden is a senile political hack.

michael right
8 days ago

i personally cannot wait for the speech. I already have pools going for how long into the speech before:
he coughs
he says “folks”
he says “pandemic of the unvaccinated”
he says “get vaccinated”
he says” the situation we inherited”
he says “America is back”
he says “my build back better plan”
he says “let me repeat that”
he say “president harris”
tells a story about his dad

this will be fun! join the fun, America!

Rich C
8 days ago
Reply to  michael right

You forgot: Come on man!

Jaybee
6 days ago
Reply to  michael right

Turn it into GOTUS bingo. (Geezer of the United States). That would be a fun way to watch the speech.

Jeanette
8 days ago

Biden has been “often appearing confused or misspeaking” even since his “speeches” when running for President. It is obvious he is suffering from confusion/dementia and someone else is pulling the puppet strings and telling him what to do. So sad and scary a situation. I miss Trump. Decisive and effective.

LW
8 days ago

I’d feel sorry for Biden if his inadequacies weren’t dismantling and destroying so many American lives. It’s so frustrating to see the Democrats hide their heads in the sand and not stand up for life, freedom, and pursuit of happiness. It saddens me that the corruptions in the Democratic Party are not prosecuted and are ignored. Americans can’t win but we need to stand together against his policies. Do it right. Do it legally.

Rich C
7 days ago
Reply to  LW

Totally agree. Part of the reason nothing is done to the Dem’s is because so many people live off the lies told by the media. If you start believing all the lies, they can’t possibly doing anything wrong.

Karen E Joslin
8 days ago

I wish there was someone standing behind Sleepy Joe that could tear up his speech when he is finished. Maybe next year if he lasts that long. I only gave him til March of 2021 and Kameltoe would take over, but I guess they kept him awake for a whole year.

Jeanette
8 days ago
Reply to  Karen E Joslin

or are simply pulling the puppet strings!

Rich C
7 days ago
Reply to  Jeanette

Some drugs can do amazing things.

Craig Anderson
8 days ago

Not sure why he would shy away from his “record”

Record Trans Deaths

Record Police Deaths

Record COVID deaths

Record Drug Overdose Deaths

Record Border Apprehensions

Record Illegal Border Crossings

Record Murders in 16 Democratic Run Large Cities

Near Record Violent Crime and Murders

Near Record Inflation

More Military Deaths in Afghanistan in 2021 than ALL of 2020

Burning more Coal in 2021 than 2020 one factor in the 17% increase in emissions vs 2020

Lesley
3 days ago
Reply to  Craig Anderson

You forgot record teen and young adult suicides….product of “ protecting” us with quarantines.

HocasPocas
8 days ago

There’s nothing to spin. The American Citizens are onto bumbling biden, kackling jakas, jen sucki, check schlimer, fancy piglosi and the rest of the cartel.

Anne L Skeens
9 days ago

I don’t know if it benefits anyone to hear all of these insulting and rude comments. Does Amac review comments before they are posted? What happened to a standard of decent communication among mature adults? I know many are displeased with how things are going in this presidency; as well as myself. I just don’t feel that rude and humiliating comments do any of us any good. Let’s raise the standard of communication to a level of maturity that seems to have been lost along with common sense.

Joanne 4 justice.
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne L Skeens

What standard? The majority of the media are complicit ! And unscrupulous !

Anne Skeens
8 days ago

It doesn’t mean we have to be unscrupulous…

plaasjaapie
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne Skeens

unscrupulous” equates to “honest”

Anne Skeens
8 days ago

I guess the standard for me is the Word of God.

plaasjaapie
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne Skeens

So, the “Word of God” is whatever Biden and Psaki says it is, then? :-/

HocasPocas
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne L Skeens

You didn’t like the mean tweets? Truth hurts sometimes

EAA
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne L Skeens

If you want censorship, try American Association of Reprogrammed People, Falsebook, or Twitbook.
You are entitled to your “feelings” and he is entitled to his opinion also.

plaasjaapie
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne L Skeens

Does Amac review comments before they are posted?”

“review” in your terms is a synonym for “censor”

Just because you take offense at a comment doesn’t affect the right of the commenter from making it.

In short, pound sand, Karen!

Chris
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne L Skeens

Hi Anne,
Keep up the good fight. Not sure why people assume you are a Dem or trying to censor. I see nothing wrong about raising the standard. I think it is an admirable goal. You certainly won’t change anyone’s idea by insulting them. There are sights for that.

michael right
8 days ago
Reply to  Anne L Skeens

grow up. your guy…and his whole administration…deserves every insult hurled their way.

Don Baker
7 days ago
Reply to  Anne L Skeens

I don’t know if it benefits anyone to hear you kissing Biden’s Marxist butt. The standard of communication you see here is entirely appropriate for the anti American clueless buffoon in the white house.

George Craig
9 days ago

Did Let’s Go Brandon tell the truth in a senior moment when he said there is no federal solution to the pandemic? If so, wouldn’t that mean the federal government should do nothing about the pandemic? PROBLEM SOLVED!

Cindy
9 days ago

Biden claiming there is “no federal solution”, (under the current administration) is probably one of the only true and factual statements he’s made so far.

Amanda
9 days ago

Hey creepy Joe , don’t put yourself out since you haven’t so far.So what’s the point ? I don’t know why anyone would want to watch it. All you do is whisper or yell at the American people. Face it, your a failure at everything you touch, or who ever is pulling your puppet strings. How can you do this much damage in one year ? SMH

BalzarFreezenov
9 days ago

Multiple draft deferment bottom of his class pants shytter Joe wont be able to put a coherrent sentence together, so its all moot.

Jo B
9 days ago

It would be great if Congress threw tomatoes at this guy during the speech

LONDEN
9 days ago

The Biden report card for 2020: Inflation/Economy – F….Foreign Policy – F….Border Security – F….Military – F….Education – F….COVID pandemic – D minus. If I’d have brought home a report card like that, my Dad would have whupped me good…

Becky
9 days ago

Biden (or barack, really) has caused massive ill health in our beloved country. It has been deliberately caused by these Communists now fighting over the coffee grounds they’ve left behind.
There is nothing the demented old fool can say that will fix (or alter their reality) their mess.

Skeptic
9 days ago

His keepers don’t know what to do. They do know that there is no chance that he can get through a State of the Union address without getting lost and babbling incoherently several times. There only hope is to get the idiots who still support him to not watch. The rest of us already know he is a demented old barm pot so no further harm can be done if we watch.

HocasPocas
8 days ago
Reply to  Skeptic

Msm will spin it to make it look like a rose petal of a speech. They are probably trying to figure out how to make the imposter speak without showing up

Rich C
7 days ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

If he’s smart he will throw in some positive encouraging thoughts like: we could be the very first nation to colonize Mars and we could send the entire “squad” from the house to establish the first colony. And the second flight from Washington…………..

BidensTeleprompter
9 days ago

2019: “I will stop covid!!! — 2020: “Covid is over, mission accomplished!!” 2021: “Fixing covid is a state solution. You cant expect the federal government to fix it! Come on, man! The thing!!”

Joanne 4 justice.
9 days ago

Why would Biden even have a state address? Nothing good to report and the same old lying -, cheating and strategy is getting very very sick and passe!!!!!!

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