It’s difficult to find a more inspiring, intelligent, empathetic and calm political figure than Barack Obama. A political figure that we only see once in a generation, and then again.
When he was elected in 2020, it was said that Joe Biden would suffer from comparisons with his Democratic predecessor. After all, as I wrote in August 2020, even Barack Obama’s entourage despised him.
Biden, however, has nothing to be ashamed of his performance
Experience and pragmatism
I was hoping Joe Biden would be a transitional president. The latter being the only truly unifying candidate in the 2020 Democratic primaries, I told myself that we would get behind him to remove Donald Trump from the presidency.
The veteran American politician did better than I expected, surpassing Obama in some respects, both in domestic politics and on the international scene.
If inflation still causes him serious headaches, his management of the economy should normally give him a head start for the 2024 election.
In January 2021, the unemployment rate was 6.3%. It is now only 3.8% (the lowest in half a century) and the United States is more than 32 months into job growth. Salaries? Also on the rise.
On the international stage, Biden walked his talk. Despite a chaotic exit from Afghanistan, I find it difficult to see who could have managed the other files with more tact and determination.
Even when faced with the Pandora’s box of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he has so far been able to avoid the main pitfalls. For the moment, he is only accused of empathy that varies depending on whether you are an Israeli or Palestinian victim.
If Biden often presents better results than Obama, he owes it to his experience and his pragmatism. Where sometimes Obama preached or taught, Biden jumped into the fray.
Despite what I write above, I am forced to reiterate my wish that Biden step down. Not only is his support weak, but he could drag his party with him.
He no longer convinces and his team seems to be running out of ideas to sell its balance sheet. Despite facts that prove the opposite, a recent poll indicated that 58% consider that the economic situation is worse under Biden!
In addition to the poor polls, the outgoing president must now face a Democratic opponent for the primaries. Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips announced his candidacy by hitting Biden where it hurts: the age of a president he associates with another era.
If you add to Phillips’ candidacy the independent candidacy of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the presence of the No Labels party to steal votes from independents and undecideds, the Democrats need a leader who inspires. and motivates the voter to go to the polling stations.