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President Joe Biden’s handlers got him into some more trouble on social media over a sign they posted above a door leading into the Oval Office over the weekend, a photo of which was shared by his Twitter account.
On Sunday, the president’s account posted a photo of a sign saying “Believe,” with the tweet simply saying “Tomorrow.”
The intent, apparently, was to announce that, the following day, the president and first lady would be hosting the cast of the popular TV show “Ted Lasso” at the White House for a conversation on the significance of mental health.
The pop-culture website The Mary Sue reported that the “Believe” sign is a nod to the TV show, that Coach Lasso uses inspires his fictional soccer team, AFC Richmond, where the sign sits above his office in the locker room.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 19, 2023
The president’s handlers apparently saw this as an opportunity to raise awareness not only for the upcoming event but also for the administration’s initiatives. However, those plans were thwarted by Twitter users who had different ideas, with several posting parodies of the photo.
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In January, Biden celebrated on Friday the two-year anniversary of his inauguration, taking to Twitter to write: “Today marks two years since @KamalaHarris and I were sworn into office. These are the two strongest years for job growth on record, and unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. While there’s more work to do, we’ve made real progress for the American people.”
In his tweet, the president also shared a photograph of his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021, where he was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts alongside his wife, First Lady Jill Biden.
Today marks two years since @KamalaHarris and I were sworn into office. These are the two strongest years for job growth on record, and unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 50 years.
While there’s more work to do, we’ve made real progress for the American people. pic.twitter.com/iqXiG37bac
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 20, 2023
That tweet, too, was mocked mercilessly online, with some calling his presidency “elder abuse.”
“When Biden took office, inflation was at 1.4%, gas prices were at $2.39/gal, and real wages were positive. 2 years later, inflation has been at or above 5% for 20 months, gas prices have been over $3/gal for almost 20 months, & real wages have been negative yr/yr for 21 months,” one user noted.
“[In] two years you created the worst economy in 41 years,” another wrote.
“How much louder can we say it before your incompetent administration gets it – job reclamation from the pandemic is not growth!” said another.
“And Florida didn’t count because it’s a red state? You’re the worst And whoever installed you as president this is elder abuse,” yet another said.
Afterward, in interviewsd with Fox News, several Republicans tore into Biden and rated his presidency an “F.”
Wyoming GOP Sen. John Barrasso said: “Halfway through President Biden’s term in office, he deserves an ‘F’ for failing the American people. Wyoming families can’t afford another two years of Joe Biden’s failures. For two years Joe Biden has waged a war on Wyoming and American energy. He’s driven inflation to a 40-year high and borrowed trillions of dollars to pay off his liberal base. President Biden caused the worst border crisis in history. As commander-in-chief, he embarrassed the nation with his deadly surrender to terrorists in Afghanistan. The American people want more American energy, lower inflation, a strong military, a secure border, and safe communities. Senate Republicans will continue to fight for the American people’s priorities every day. We will hold Joe Biden accountable for his failures. We will work to undo the historic damage Democrats have done in such a short time.”
Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds said: “My evaluation of their performance is the same as last year, with a capital F. F for failure, flagrant, feeble, fruitless, and futile. Under this administration, America is more divided, in debt, and in danger due to its reckless handling of the border, out-of-control spending, the dismantling of America’s energy infrastructure, weaponization of our federal government, and constant division based on race and cultural movements. Their ‘success’ is America’s failure, and House Republicans will now hold them accountable in the 118th Congress.”
New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik shared a similar statement: “Joe Biden has earned an F for his failed leadership. Due to two years of his failed policies, every American is paying more for almost everything, and his failure to enforce the law at our southern border is making this humanitarian and fentanyl crisis worse. This is Biden’s state of crisis, but House Republicans in the new majority are committed to providing a critical check on this administration.”