(LibertySociety.com) – The realistic expectation of any President of the United States as they enter office is that they will have some victories and some failures throughout their term. That’s because the president doesn’t sit at the helm of the United States alone. To do the job properly, they need to juggle many issues at once, elicit bipartisan cooperation, while doing what is in the best interest of the citizens they serve.
But when a sitting president misses the mark consecutively in the eyes of the majority of the American people, it could be cause for concern.
On Foreign Soil
At the end of August, the withdrawal from Afghanistan that ended a 20-year conflict resulted in 13 dead U.S. military service-members and hundreds of Afghan citizens. In addition, the retaliatory drone strike aimed at ISIS-K extremists missed completely, killing 10 innocent civilians instead of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul.
If that wasn’t bad enough, President Joe Biden put the United States’ oldest allied diplomatic relationship with France to the test in September when he announced a security partnership with the U.K. and Australia without speaking to French President Emmanuel Macron first. France indicated the slight, which cost the European country a previous deal with Australia, will not be easy to mend.
Here at Home
The ongoing list of missteps are not only happening overseas.
On Sept. 17, the FDA halted the president’s plan to offer booster shots across the board by rejecting the suggestion in a 16-2 vote, replacing it with a neutered recommendation aimed at only seniors and high-risk citizens.
Turning toward the Texas border in Del Rio in September, over 15,000 Haitian migrants were camping under a bridge at one point, as some are repatriated back to Haiti or other countries, as well as taken to other processing facilities within the U.S. Although a lower number than the originally reported, several thousand still remain under the bridge thus far, suffering in the southern heat of summer, and short on survival supplies.
The crisis is straining Border Patrol agents and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as officials also need to help resettle over 60,000 Afghan evacuees.
The landmark bipartisan $1.2-trillion infrastructure bill that could have been associated as a “win” for progressive Democrats might die before it even approaches the president’s desk.
What Americans Are Saying
The polls show U.S. citizens are unhappy with how the president is shaping up. An ABC survey shows a startling 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s withdrawal performance from Afghanistan. Regarding immigration, RealClearPolitics revealed only 36.3 percent of citizens approved of his handling at the border at the beginning of September.
As for the president’s overall job approval rating near the end of September, it dipped to a near all-time low of 45.7 percent.
Only time will tell if Biden can improve those numbers and please the American people, but if his start is any indication of the remaining term, the country is in for a bumpy ride.
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