During remarks at the White House Monday, the President urged Americans to commit to “principled patriotism” in the face of economic setbacks and national divisions, according to reporting by Reuters. Biden stated, “Our economy is growing, but not without pain. Liberty is under … assault, both here and abroad.” He referred to “unity and unity of purpose” as a choice we make.
The “growing” economy the president referred to experienced instead a contraction, with fears of a recession looming, as reported by Alicia Wallace of CNN Business. Data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis late last month showed real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2022, in stark contrast to the 6.9% increase in GDP of the previous quarter.
To the President’s call for “unity,” a new AP poll showed “bipartisan dissatisfaction” in response to the direction of the country and the economy. The poll found that 85% of Americans “say the country is headed in the wrong direction,” with 9 out of 10 Republicans expressing disapproval along with three in 10 Democrats. An increasing number (67%) of Democrats described the economy as “poor,” up from around 39% this time last year. Only 39% of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, approve of Biden’s overall job performance.
While the President remarked, “we’ve always risen to our higher heights” from “the deepest depths of our worst crises,” conservative actor Jon Voight took to Twitter the week before to call for the president’s impeachment. In a video posted to his account, the actor and father of Angelina Jolie said, “We’re all feeling very unsafe. We’re all angry.” Voight asked whether or not this “darkness” can be lifted and if we can all “see eye to eye,” laying the blame for the current state of affairs squarely on the president, who has “wronged this nation’s glory.”