Biden’s “State of the Union” Ignored Failures
As war rages in Ukraine and inflation continues to spin out of control here at home, President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address.
Even before Biden delivered his speech, the GOP was already in opposition to it, with prominent Republicans like Florida Senator Marco Rubio refusing to attend over mandated COVID procedures. But as the speech opened, the assembled members of both parties showed an uncharacteristic unity in a resounding show of support for Biden’s commitment to Ukraine and condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his unprovoked attack of his sovereign neighbor.
Still, Biden said little about any change in policy that could be of aid to Ukraine and her people. He once again reiterated that there would be absolutely no US boots on the ground or in the air. He did not go as far as to mention more serious sanctions against Russia, such as a ban on all energy imports; however, he did get tough with a ban of all Russian air traffic into the US.
Once the speech moved away from the situation in Ukraine, the typical cracks in unity began to show, however. Biden was noticeably booed by the Right when he mentioned Trump’s tax cuts, and as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union, she said, “it feels like President Biden and his party have sent us back in time—to the late 70s and early 80s — when runaway inflation was hammering families, a violent crime wave was crashing on our cities, and the Soviet army was trying to redraw the world map.”
She then went on to say that Americans “are tired of a political class trying to remake this country into a place where an elite few tell everyone else what they can and cannot say. What they can and cannot believe.”
She said Americans are tired of the “theater” surrounding COVID mandates, specifically on masks.
Despite his admonishments of Putin during his speech, Reynolds said that Biden appeared weak and has always been weak on foreign policy.
“Even before taking the oath of office, the President told us that he wanted to ‘make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home,'” she says.
“He’s failed on both fronts.”
Reynolds said that Biden has not projected strength abroad but adds, “we cannot project strength abroad if we’re weak at home.”
Reynolds said that the Biden administration had spent the last year making issues facing Americans worse. Zeroing in on inflation, she says that it is not a “high-class problem” but an “everybody problem.”
Biden’s speech was also full of his usual stammers where it seemed he was trying to find his words and at least one noticeable gaffe when he referred to “Ukrainians” as “Iranians.”