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Biden’s Economic Message Sandbagged By Poor Choice of Optics, Twitter Users Note

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President Joe Biden’s White House staff are taking heat over what critics are calling a poor choice of optics to accompany what was supposed to be a positive speech about the current state of the economy and American workers.

Biden traveled to Virginia on Thursday to speak about tumbling inflation and higher-than-expected growth in gross domestic product last month while also criticizing GOP plans to impose a simplified national sales tax to replace the current convoluted and complex progressive tax code. Biden appeared at a steamfitters union hall in Springfield in what was his first major economic speech of the year, CNBC reported.

“I’m not sure the news could have been any better – economic growth is up stronger than experts expected, 2.9 percent,” Biden said, in reference to a report released earlier in the day by the Commerce Department. “I don’t think it’s unfair to say that this is all evidence that [the] Biden economic plan is actually working.”

CNBC said the current unemployment rate — 3.5 percent — is “the lowest in 50 years,” but that’s false; the rate fell to 3.5 percent in January 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during then-President Donald Trump’s term, before months of pandemic-related shutdowns and business closures ravaged the country. That said, there are fewer unemployed people overall now than in January 2020, 5.7 million compared to 5.8 million.

What’s more, consumer prices are still much higher now than at the end of Trump’s term, even though they have fallen somewhat over the past few months. Interest rates are far higher now than when Trump left office as well.

But it was the imagery used during Biden’s speech — chosen by his administration — that caught the eye of social media users, per The Western Journal:

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As the president spoke Thursday at a steamfitters union hall in Springfield, Virginia, a sign behind the president’s podium read, “President Biden’s Blueprint For America.” Underneath that message, the sign read, “good jobs, lower costs, better pay.”

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