How the Biden Administration Lost Its Way

TIME's new cover: Year one

1/20/2022 3:02:00 PM

TIME's new cover: Year one

One year in, U.S. President Joe Biden faces a long list of troubles and growing doubts that he’s fit for the job

Progressive Democrats who voted for infrastructure with the assurance that social spending would follow feel equally burned. Infighting has spilled into public view. “Our progress has ground to a halt because of the sabotaging of our agenda by Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema,” Senator Bernie Sanders tells TIME. The components of Build Back Better are consistently popular, but Republicans have paid no price for opposing it because the Democratic holdouts stand in the way, Sanders says.

Representative Pramila Jayapalfilibuster thresholdRead More:But Democrats fear that a harsh political backlash looms. The President’s approval rating, historically an indicator of how his party will perform in November, is the worst at this stage of any modern presidency besides Trump’s. Only a quarter of Americans in the recent CBS poll thought things were going well, and majorities said Democrats were not focused enough on the economy and inflation. Republicans hold a slight lead in the generic congressional ballot for the first time in years;

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Because they cheated! He is not lost its way,he just do not know how to do it TimeMagIsLost Possible invasion of Ukraine, possible imbedded inflation worldwide, Covid mutating, worldwide vaccine hesitancy, split Congress, climate problems, many states think more guns answer to crime ... My guess is that Biden hasn’t had time to get lost.

America is in danger It was so easy a year ago, wasn’t it? More than Lost!! Nah. It’s on track. It’s just that people thought it would be going in a different direction despite the signs saying otherwise. DiamondHeadSDG No doubt about it. But in addition, I see that the BlueMaga crowd is out in full fury. I wonder how being delusional is working out for them?

Lost its way? When did it ever have a clear direction? He never meant to do anything he promised. That's why the Democratic party nominated him. He's doing EXACTLY what they want. No change a thing Biden is old. It is natural to work in slow mood to understand issues due to old age. US always acted fast in any issues. The Medical administration is failed totally in US. May be due to Political inefficiency? Trump acted faster whether right or wrong. Let US citizens unite now

Joe Biden one year on: Has the United States become ungovernable?A president who promised to unite the country is unable to bring his own party together. China and Russia fed the beast and watched them self implode - without firing a single bullet They got totally played and are now in a divisive mess Just what they wanted When the U.S falls apart, I have laid pre claim to Nevada; I wanna see some fucking aliens.

is Time still a thing? I’m glad Time posted this. No president is above criticism, this is America, not Iran. What facts say that? Not what I've been perceiving I remember when TIME was a relevant periodical. Seems they have lost their way and forged a new path to the far right. Perspective: He is probably one of the most sincere president in history...

They lost the remote controller! Now it's within the creator 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Let me tell you a real story... Time Magazine it's full of it 💩💩💩💩 BS . Well, No. It's more that the Republicans are fascist and the country has been irreversibly divided since the Trump presidency. The Reds have stolen his Presidency. As they tried to do with Obama

Biden to Give Away Free N95 Masks at Pharmacies and Health CentersThe Biden Administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free starting next week Maybe if we stop breathing we can stop the spread Tax payers are being robbed... England is showing why. What are they going to do with the 370 million leftover masks?

There’s a growing sense that your BS take is not helping. Its a failure. Sorry. good time to start a war with somebody.... send troops to Ukraine and show some metal....... cause here at home nothing is working... he has been betrayed by his goodwill, pacience and utter lack of common sense towards republicans who are willing to do anything to take him down

Not by me. STOP. THIS. BULLSHYTE. But of course you will make up for that by presenting fake news in his favor, denying that there was anything wrong with the fraudulent 2020 election, and trumpeting anti-Trump propaganda. That was so obvious, including for a complete foreigner.... This is why TIME is no longer a player in the written media.

more a man of truth is wise and like money u want more and more something so good that you can't see light if could greed will get u everything and pills and unhappiness You suck. That’s the Tweet.

Ukraine tension: Biden says he thinks Putin will 'move in'The US president says he thinks Russia's leader will 'move in' but does not want a 'full-blown war'. This is how ww2 started. Welcome to the start of ww3.. clearly no lessons from the millions upon millions dead hasn't been learnt. China will be next, followed by Iran, the taliban, seria and NK. China should 'move in' to taiwan at same time, who will america fight then lmao POTUS says a lot of ridiculous things.

No, I’m not sensing that at all, but no doubt you have your reasons for publishing such undermining tripe. You’ve got to be kidding!!! What a bunch of HORSESHIT this is! Please stop shitty journalism. 😂😂🤣🤣 The American media oligarchs are pressing the Biden Presidency hard , trying to manufacture consensus and spread confusion.

It's not a sense it's reality. Old man, old ways, weren't enough to save our days. We'll see. We all keep counting Biden out and saying he has no chance...and yet the old man keeps finding a way. LOL...a growing sense.... Only half the government is working. Are you covering that? What, exactly, have the Republicans done besides obstruct? How can any government function if half of the Senators are functioning in bad faith?

Biden says Putin will pay ‘dear price’ if he invades UkrainePresident Joe Biden said he believes Vladimir Putin does not want full-blown war in Ukraine, and would pay a “dear price” if he moves forward with a military incursion.Mr Biden, speaking at a news conference to mark his one-year anniversary in office, also said he believes that Russia is preparing to take action on Ukraine, though he does not think Mr Putin has made a final decision.The White House later clarified that any Russian military action would be met with a “swift, severe” response.Sign up to our free newsletters by clicking here He didn't actually say that though did he? Gutter journalism at its worst from the MSM as per usual

With headlines like these, published constantly over the last year, is it any wonder? How about unemployment is at its lowest level? Over 200,000,000 vaccinated? 97% of schools open again? A once in a generation infrastructure plan passed? No? Doesn’t get you clicks? Thought so. F off! Bring the orange man back

READ HIS WORDS…OUTLOUD.😳 Has Time been watching Fox also? conservatives agree like this isn't still better than Trump that is such a low bar Biden's agenda did not 'lose its way'. Sinema and Manchin were paid to sabotage it. According to who? For fuck sake. Only in media Definitely

‘Flailing’ Biden has 'humiliated' America as president passes milestone year in officeJOE BIDEN has been accused of 'humiliating' America by ignoring the prolonged fall of the world's super power, a commentator has said in a devastating Op-Ed. He'll start a War with Russia China and North Korea .If he's not removed from office ASAP. And no America's Allies want any part of what this lunatic Democrat President does next .

No. You’ve lost yours :) Lol fuck the media in this country so hard. May his first also be the Democrat party’s last, and final. Looks like a YUGE STORM TO ME! 🤣😂😅 This cover is absolutely disgusting and disrespectful. Hope no one buys your magazine again. Beautiful ❤️ As Time assesses year one of the Biden Presidency, have you examined what Time’s role is in preserving our democracy?Are you consistently covering Republicans’ 41 year plan to suppress the vote, as articulated by Paul Weyrich, the Founder of Heritage, the entity bragging about 1/

Me llega 😂

Joe Biden to host first 2022 press conference TODAY despite mounting health concernsJOE BIDEN will host his first press conference in 77 days on Wednesday January 19, despite sparking health concerns last time the US President addressed the nation.

Maybe he should turn down the thermostat That’s how I view it. Declining Economic Influence. China. North Korea. Inflation. Build back better. East Europe Influence/Russia. WhetX. Possibly the greatest mistake America has ever made. Hi, I am a structural engineer from Iran who have many ideas. I have summarized some of my ideas on my twitter(I suggest look at the idea of generating electricity by gravity). I want to work with companies and investors. Do you want to cooperate?

VoteBlueIn2022 Monumental failure bringbackTrump Trump2024 And people wonder why credibility in the media has waned… Doing shit like this says more about the editors and their lack of character than it does anything else. Smh WaterUmbrella. Absolute 'Failure'.

You should explore the topic of this administration's push of eugenics of the vulnerable to Covid19. By Biden refusing basic measures on the mass scale the bodies are piling up as proof. Дождь это не ракеты можно потерпеть. I never thought of meeting a legit bitcoin trader after been scammed many times at my age but the heavens sent SamAndCoTradin guided me and help me make a living through bitcoin with my coinbase app, I recommend you to meet him now and also be a beneficiary of good work

It's more of a repent than a dissent worst president in history by a mile in my books. Awful first year in office. Lol

trillion-dollar infrastructure bill that got 19 Republican votes in the Senate, including that of GOP leader Mitch McConnell. That legislation was supposed to be one major component of Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda. The other cornerstone would be Build Back Better, a mammoth social-spending bill originally priced at $3.5 trillion, with provisions addressing climate change, expanding Medicaid, providing childcare support and raising taxes on the rich. But two moderate Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have stood in the way of the 50 Senate votes needed to pass it, and they have proved immune to Biden’s powers of persuasion. A source close to Manchin says the White House bungled the negotiations in December by failing to keep its commitments, leading him to announce his opposition. “They violated the deal he thought they had,” the source says. Progressive Democrats who voted for infrastructure with the assurance that social spending would follow feel equally burned. Infighting has spilled into public view. “Our progress has ground to a halt because of the sabotaging of our agenda by Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema,” Senator Bernie Sanders tells TIME. The components of Build Back Better are consistently popular, but Republicans have paid no price for opposing it because the Democratic holdouts stand in the way, Sanders says. [pullquote]“In my view, we need a major course correction right now.” —Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator[/pullquote] Only Biden can bring the factions together. “The President understands that he is the only one that’s going to make this happen,” Representative Pramila Jayapal , who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, tells TIME. “Because it was to him directly that Senator Manchin committed, and it was from him directly, to us and to the country, that he committed that he could get it done.” Under pressure from civil rights activists and amid concern about Republican efforts to subvert elections, Biden decided to go to the mat on voting rights. In a fiery speech in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he dropped his longtime resistance to altering the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold . But far from being pleased, leading Black organizations boycotted the speech. The Senate then planned a series of votes on the issue beginning Jan. 19, which were widely expected to fall short. The only result was likely to be a showcase of the President’s failure on an issue dear to his base. Liberals and Black voters are naturally demoralized, says Maurice Mitchell, national director of the progressive Working Families Party. Biden “came in with a lot of fanfare about being this creature of the Senate who could play a unique role in cutting deals,” he says. “There are really big pieces of the President’s agenda that are still not settled, and it is really incumbent on him to seal the deal.” Read More: Joe Biden Defended the Filibuster for Years. Now He Wants to End It for Voting Rights Defenders say it’s unrealistic to expect too much with razor-thin congressional majorities, and complain that Biden hasn’t gotten enough credit for the things he’s accomplished. It may be premature to declare defeat on Build Back Better. “I think the jury’s still out on whether that effort is going to be successful,” says Democratic Senator Mark Warner. But Democrats fear that a harsh political backlash looms. The President’s approval rating, historically an indicator of how his party will perform in November, is the worst at this stage of any modern presidency besides Trump’s. Only a quarter of Americans in the recent CBS poll thought things were going well, and majorities said Democrats were not focused enough on the economy and inflation. Republicans hold a slight lead in the generic congressional ballot for the first time in years; Gallup found a 14-point swing in party identification toward the GOP over the course of 2021. A raft of congressional Democrats have recently announced their retirements, fearful a wave is coming. “A lot of people have been very blunt with them about what a terrible job they’re doing,” a congressional Democrat says of the White House. “But they’re very sensitive.” White House insiders describe a tight inner circle of longtime advisers to whom the President is loyal to a fault. “These are basically people who have been going to summer camp together since they were 5,” says the head of a prominent liberal organization. “The upside is that there’s not the same internal knifing you got in prior administrations, but it also means lots of blind spots.” A source who has known Biden for decades says, “It’s a team of competent, long-term staffers, and they’re behaving like that. It’s not a team of rivals with contending opinions.” Voters hoped Biden would provide a sense of calm and steady leadership. But the reason he hasn’t been more visibly in charge is as much of an open secret as it is a taboo subject in Washington. The 79-year-old President has always been gaffe-prone, but in recent years his unsteadiness has become more pronounced. He tells stories that aren’t true, such as claiming to have been arrested in the civil rights movement, driven a tractor-trailer and intervened in Israel’s Six-Day War. In an August TV interview, he struggled to recall what branch of the military his late son Beau had served in and where he had been deployed. In a September meeting with Senators, he referred to himself as one of their colleagues before correcting himself: “Wait, wait, I’ve got this job now.” At the infrastructure signing ceremony, he bungled Sinema’s name. President Biden was caught flat-footed as two COVID-19 variants surged and prolonged the pandemic Mandel Ngan—AFP/Getty Images Allies react angrily to the suggestion that the man with his finger on the nuclear button has lost a step, calling it a right-wing smear. (One senior official described Biden as having command of policy details in meetings.) But the perception is pervasive. A Jan. 19 Politico poll found 49% of voters doubted Biden’s mental fitness. Large majorities did not consider him “energetic” or a “strong leader.” In an October Harvard-Harris poll, 58% said he was too old to be President. In one recent focus group of swing voters conducted by a liberal organization and observed by TIME, a Biden voter from Milwaukee said, “I question his competency because of his age. I don’t think he’s in a position to run this country.” In a separate session, a Biden voter from Kentucky said, “I had high hopes for him in the beginning, but he seems more and more not in control. You see him walk around, he kind of shuffles, like a great-grandparent. He just is not that sharp.” Many Democrats argue Biden’s low ratings stem from factors beyond his control. He inherited a mess, they note, and has gotten little help from a Republican Party dangerously fixated on conspiracy theories about vaccines and the 2020 election. “The pandemic has created a sense that things are not where people want them to be, and they’re sad about the continuing divisions and disruptions,” says Democratic pollster Margie Omero. “That continues because of the Republicans—it’s not something Biden can change.” Biden, too, doesn’t think the polling is a reflection of how he’s done his job. “I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen,” he said at the Jan. 19 press conference. Inside the White House, there’s a belief that the press is overly negative, though if anything Biden has benefited with voters and the media alike from the low bar set by Trump. (Given five days’ notice, the Administration declined to make a senior official available to speak on the record for this article, saying the long holiday weekend made scheduling difficult.) Allies who acknowledge change is needed advise the President to be more visible, project strength and pivot away from congressional chaos, deploying the Vice President and Cabinet to sell his policies. “He needs to make the case more forcefully and get more folks out there making the case,” says Rodell Mollineau, an adviser to Biden’s Unite the Country super PAC. “It’s now an election year, and you need to convince the American people that we have made some progress.” On Jan. 13, Biden returned to Capitol Hill, this time to make a show of strong-arming his party’s Senators to pass voting legislation. But the gambit broadcast weakness instead. Just before he arrived, Sinema blindsided him with a floor speech blasting the idea. In the meeting itself, Biden spent several minutes reminiscing about the days of Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond, Senators reported afterward. Sinema did not speak up in the meeting, and Biden did not call on her to explain herself. One Senator told TIME the President was “soft-spoken” and difficult to hear. Immediately afterward, Manchin reaffirmed his opposition as well. In the Capitol, reporters clustered around Biden, seeking his perspective on the way forward—a plan. He offered only a shrug. “I hope we can get this done,” the President said. “But I’m not sure.” —With reporting by Abigail Abrams, Leslie Dickstein, W.J. Hennigan, Nik Popli, Abby Vesoulis and Julia Zorthian More Must-Read Stories From TIME These