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President Joe Biden hoped Saturday his legacy would be seen as restoring “the soul of the country” even though his actions continue to garner disapproval from voters.
Biden sat down with Brian Tyler Cohen, host of the “No Lie” podcast, for his first interview since nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that Justice Stephen Breyer will be vacating later this year. Biden expanded on his reasoning behind his pick, reemphasizing that his first consideration was to nominate an African-American woman in an attempt to “bring the country together”
“Well, several reasons. Number one, I committed, two years ago, that if I got elected president, I would name, if I had an opportunity, I would name the first African-American woman to the Supreme Court because I think the court should look like the country. I think it should reflect the country,” he said. “And so and by the way, our administration is the most diverse administration in American history. We actually, it was pointed out to me, if you look around, you can see, but there’s more women in my administration than there are men.”
“The point is that I want to bring the country together,” the president added. “That’s number one, number two, she’s brilliant.”
However, Biden’s declared efforts to “bring the country together” are presenting as unity against his policies. A recent poll found that, while a majority of Americans, 63 percent, approve of a black woman being nominated to the court, a similar majority found that it was “inappropriate” to make that his primary qualifier.
In fact, one study found an even greater majority of 76 percent wanted the president to consider “all possible nominees,” not just black women.
The interview turned to Biden’s legacy and his hopes that of what he’d be remembered for, with the president saying he hopes it will be “that I restored the soul of this country.”
“I hope my legacy is that I was able to restore some decency and honor to the office,” Biden went on, “I was was able to bring the middle class back to a place where they had real opportunity, given an even chance to succeed; and I was able to reconstruct our alliances, which had been frayed so badly, internationally, and that I was able to bring people together.”
As far as bringing people together, Biden has united more people in the disapproval of his performance than anything else thus far in his term.
Biden’s approval rating keeps getting worse. https://t.co/q7E6cRHVk6
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) February 25, 2022
In addition to his overall approval rating steadily declining to a paltry 38 percent, the American people have continued to show they disapprove of the job he has doing on a number of key issues. Most recently a series of polls found that the majority of voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the situation in Ukraine and that it wouldn’t have happened were President Trump still in office.
Furthermore, they believed that the reason Vladimir Putin was motivated to invade Ukraine now is because the Russian president views Biden as weak. That is a far cry from “restoring the soul of America” as Biden stated he hoped his legacy would reflect.
In fact, some have even suggested that the president took this time to nominate Jackson to the Supreme Court as a distraction for his failing policies at home and abroad. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said, President Biden’s announcement just days after an unprovoked full scale invasion by Russia is extremely inappropriate.”
President Biden’s announcement just days after an unprovoked full scale invasion by Russia is extremely inappropriate. Once again, Biden is putting the demands of the radical progressive left ahead of what is best for our nation.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) February 25, 2022
“Once again,” Blackburn continued, “Biden is putting the demands of the radical progressive left ahead of what is best for our nation.” A far cry from “restoring the soul of America” indeed.
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