Say what you will about Joe Biden, the man has optimism to spare.
What else could fuel the president’s plan to run for re-election in 2024?
According to The Hill, two sources informed the publication that Biden has told former President Obama he is planning to run again.
The admission to Obama is the latest indication that Biden is likely to run for a second term, something the president has spoken about publicly.
During a press conference in Brussels last month, he told reporters he’d be “very fortunate” to run against his rival in the 2020 election, former President Trump.
Sorry, Mr. President — the “very fortunate” part of that equation would be Trump, or whoever the Republicans put up to run against you.
How Biden can view his approval rating at 39% and think, yes, I’ll make a bid to renew my White House lease is baffling. “There’s Nowhere to Go But Up” makes for an accurate, but hardly appealing, campaign slogan.
The president, like most in the Democratic Party, has an aversion to reading the room.
Case in point: Biden’s plan to end Title 42 — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention policy allowing border officials to expel migrants without first hearing their asylum claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The restriction was put in place by Trump, and its expiration date is May 23.
Did Biden ask himself how the American people might feel about this? Gallup did, and its survey results fly in the face of the president’s decision.
A Gallup poll released Tuesday showed the public’s worry over illegal immigration is close to a two-decade high, The Hill reported.
In a poll conducted March 1-18, 41% said they worry a great deal about illegal immigration, the highest total since 2007.
Overall, around 60% of adults said they worry at least a fair amount about illegal immigration.
Republicans have called out Biden over his Title 42 decision, saying the upcoming halt in May will cause an influx of illegal immigration at the border. Some Democrats in Congress are joining them in asking for a reprieve on lifting Title 42 — fearing a surge of migrants at our southern border next month.
Democratic aides told The Hill that the administration should postpone the scheduled May 23 expiration date to allow themselves more time to come up with a plan to counter the expected migrant flood.
While Biden has successfully kicked the student loan payment can down the road, it’s unlikely he’ll take a hard line on immigration any time soon — if ever.
And the difference between Trump and Biden at the helm hasn’t gone unnoticed. As the New York Post reported, officials at the US-Mexico border reported 221,303 migrant encounters in March of this year — the most in any single month during the Biden administration — as well as the most apprehensions in exactly 22 years, according to statistics submitted to a Texas federal court earlier this month.
The Biden administration also reported that Border Patrol officials had apprehended 209,906 suspected illegal immigrants, the most since 220,063 apprehensions were reported in March of 2000.
Any notion that the Biden administration is focused on the public’s concerns, from immigration to inflation to gas prices, is just plain malarkey.