President Biden continues to get good marks for his handling of the most pressing issue of the day — the coronavirus pandemic. He also remains on average above 50% for his handling of the economy, which is closely tied to COVID-19.
But as things start to open up more and get back to normal — with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people leading the way — there are crises or potential crises looming on the horizon.
For a couple of months, it’s been clear that Americans have less confidence in the president’s handling of immigration, for example. There has been a surge of migrants, including unaccompanied minors, at the southern U.S. border, and the Biden administration has struggled to respond.
This week, some new things got added to Biden’s plate, including inflation, a run on gas and renewed fighting in the Middle East between Israel and Palestinians. They threaten to derail an agenda that has so far, for the most part, stayed on the tracks.
Asked about it Friday at the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki said, “This is exactly what he was elected to do, is to lead the country during a time of multiple crises” and that he put together a team “to be prepared in these moments.”
A full plate, but empty pump
Inflation was the economic word of the week. Consumer prices went higher than expected, which sent some jitters through Wall Street.
Gas prices are up, and renewed travel this summer looks likely to keep them relatively high. Long gas lines across the East Coast, due to a ransomware attack on a major U.S. pipeline, caused a degree of panic at the pump this week.
Colonial Pipeline has brought its entire system back online, and Biden said he expects to see improvement this weekend “and into early next week.”
“Don’t panic, No. 1,” he urged Thursday. “I know seeing lines at the pumps or gas stations with no gas can be extremely stressful, but this is a temporary situation.”
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