White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein says President Biden will be disappointed if panic over issues like the media supply chain crisis is “made up,” if not “real,” according to a new book.
In Chris Whipple’s book “The Battle of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House,” Klein says that Biden sometimes feels like he’s caught worse than President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was president during the Great Depression.
“I think there were times when he felt God had dealt him a worse hand than FDR,” Klein told Whipple, who gave him access to Biden’s inner circle while writing the book.
While Biden’s approval rating peaked early in his presidency, according to Gallup, it plummeted by 6 points in the weeks following the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on August 30, 2021, critics say. it is often compared to the fall of Saigon. In July of this year, the president’s approval rating reached 38 percent, the lowest for a president in Gallup’s history amid record inflation.
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In an interview with Whipple on December 18, 2021, Klein reportedly said that Biden had “the most successful first year of any president” but that the media was “making up” a panic to undermine it.
“It makes him nervous that the media is going to be in a frenzy about whether or not he can buy a turkey for Thanksgiving and whether or not everyone’s Christmas presents are going to show up,” Klein was quoted as saying.
“Everyone got a turkey and all the Christmas presents arrived on time,” she said. “If there is no real panic, the panic seems to have been invented by the media.”
Biden received an advance copy of the book, which is scheduled to be released on January 17, 2023, nearly two years after taking office.
At the time of Klein’s comments, the consumer price index rose 6.8%, making Thanksgiving dinner more expensive for American consumers. average 14% more it 2020. This year, a Thanksgiving meal rose an extra 20% Since 2021.
A few weeks before Klein’s comments, Biden himself only warned that Santa Claus At Christmas, he could guarantee that the gifts would arrive on time.
“CEOs I met with this week reported that their inventory is depleted, shelves are well stocked, and they are ready to meet consumer demand for the holidays,” the president said on Dec. 1, 2021. “Now I can. “Don’t promise that everyone will get the gift they want in time. Only Santa Claus can fulfill that promise.”
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Earlier in Whipple’s book, Klein expressed anger that Americans are more concerned about high gas and food prices than free pre-K and building new infrastructure.
“The saddest part is that we’re in a quagmire on Capitol Hill, there’s no room for error, and it’s taking up a lot of our time, a lot of energy, and a lot of political drama,” Klein said on Oct. 30, 2021. According to the book, an interview with Whipple.
“And it’s a very important agenda,” he added. “This is an agenda that we have to fight for, an agenda that we believe in. And in the long run, it’s very important. But right now, people want us to focus more on gas prices and hamburger prices, whether we’re going to go or not. Bridges build or have free pre-K.”
A few weeks before the interview, Klein was ripped on Twitter for endorsing a tweet that claimed inflation and supply chain issues were “upper class problems” affecting the country.
“As Ron has made clear, fighting inflation is the president’s top economic priority,” a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
Fox News’ Thomas Catenacci and Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.