President Joe Biden is continuing to evidently prepare to potentially face Donald Trump in the 2024 general election in what would obviously be a uniquely pointed rematch following Biden and Trump facing each other in the last general election for president. Trump already — and predictably — confirmed his candidacy, although it’s not a sure thing he’ll get the GOP nomination.
This week, upon reaching the two-year mark of his tenure — something Trump, of course, furiously fought, even after he lost — Biden shared a video recap of some of the progress the United States has seen under his leadership in the last two years. The list of accomplishments highlighted in the one-minute clip includes the bill Biden signed to support the production of tech components known as semiconductor chips in the U.S. and the infrastructure spending deal passed on a bipartisan basis before now supporting jobs and improvements to local communities across the United States. The clip contrasts these developments with what the United States saw under Trump, which news coverage excerpted in the montage recaps as “crisis after crisis.”
As COVID-19 spread during the final portions of Trump’s term, he often seemed flatly more interested in railing against mail-in ballots than promoting proven health measures. Trump also spoke in directly dismissive terms about the impacts of the virus, including sickness and death, in so-called “blue” states, as though he didn’t even see himself as responsible for U.S. citizens and residents in locales where Democrats prevailed in elections. That all contrasts with Biden, who has consistently stuck to his ambition for a unified United States. “I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future than I am today,” a caption for the video, which went up on Biden’s personal Twitter account, said. Watch below:
I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future than I am today. pic.twitter.com/EJmvmpRr8q
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 20, 2023
The inflation that has rocked key portions of the U.S. economy has been a decidedly global issue, and on an annual basis, measurements for the overall rate of price increases seen in both November and December of last year show the United States actually beating the rate seen across economies in the G-20 group of nations, at least for November. The annual measurements reflect the rate of change from the same month the year prior. Energy costs, including those for gas, are a significant factor behind federal inflation measurements. For December, the U.S. actually recorded an overall 0.1 percent drop in prices compared to the prior month, per the Labor Department.