Will Biden go down in the history books as a great leader?
President Joe Biden’s first year in office has been fraught with obstacles and setbacks, many of which were avoidable. The first bungle took place when Biden botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Then came inflation 一 first determined to be transitory, now ingrained 一 and along the way plenty of unpopular decisions.
Despite this, the President relayed in an interview on Saturday that he hoped he “restored the soul of this country.”
In the wide-ranging interview with progressive political host Brian Tyler Cohen, Biden revealed he wanted to be remembered for being the catalyst to “some decency and honor to the office.”
He continued his remarks stating that he wanted to be remembered for restoring “the middle class back to a place where they had real opportunity.” He made these comments before stating that he hoped to be remembered for being able to “reconstruct our alliances, which had been frayed so badly, internationally, and that I was able to bring people together.
Yet Biden expressed his beliefs that the country and his administration were “making slow progress.”
But even as the President shares his hopes and dreams about his legacy, a far more startling image emerges about his current reputation among the American people.
A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, that was released on Friday (February 25), showed only one-third of participants had a favorable opinion about the President’s handling of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, this compared to 47% who didn’t approve and 20% who had no opinion.
It’s also unlikely that the disapproval and mounting criticism will abate as the Democrats head into the 2022 Primaries poised to lose both the House and the Senate.