President Joe Biden didn’t have much going for him as a candidate except the perception that he could better handle COVID-19. Now that he’s in office, however, it looks as though he was the wrong man for the job.
According to Breitbart, Biden said he now expects pandemic restrictions to persist into next fall even after saying he’d “shut down the virus” as one of his main campaign promises. “I’m going to shut down the virus, but I never said I’d do it in two months,” Biden backpedaled in his answer to Fox News’ Peter Doocy Monday. “It’s going to take a heck of a lot of time.”
I’m not going to shut down the country.
I’m not going to shut down the economy.
I’m going to shut down the virus.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 30, 2020
Biden spoke to reporters after signing an executive order encouraging government purchases favoring American-made products. The president has signed a flurry of orders in his first week in office, many of which hurt American interests like killing the Keystone Pipeline XL project, rejoining the Paris Agreement, undoing border security, stripping protections for the unborn and many others.
Although he is swiftly advancing the radical left’s agenda through presidential fiat, it now appears he can’t make good on the one thing many moderates likely had hoped he would. “We’re still going to be dealing with this issue in the early fall,” he said of the government-imposed restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “We’re in this for a while.”
The president promised that herd immunity might be possible by summer after vaccinations would be complete by the spring. “I feel good about where we’re going, and I think we can get it done,” Biden told reporters.
Still, Biden blamed Americans and their “mass disregard” for mask mandates and social distancing rules for the necessity of ongoing restrictions. Previously, he also blamed President Donald Trump when he lied about the previous administration not having a plan for the mass-vaccination rollout. Meanwhile, he began making bold promises of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days based on what was already set in motion from his predecessor.
The president who was elected to stop the pandemic grimly predicted 660,000 COVID-19 deaths before the U.S. would be able to stem the tide. He foresaw the ongoing restrictions because of the lag between the two doses required for full vaccination. Left unsaid in his remarks was the fact that there isn’t much Biden will do — or even can do — differently than Trump was doing to stop the coronavirus.
The new president had sold himself as the savior of the world because of his seriousness about the pandemic. Unfortunately, many Americans were bamboozled by his promises, unaware that he was only saying the right words while Trump was actually taking the right actions — a distinction that left America stuck with the wrong man. Voters will soon figure out that everything Biden is able to do to “shut down” the pandemic is because of something his predecessor already set in motion.