White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed this week to answer for President Joe Biden’s absence from nationwide conference calls with America’s governors on COVID-19.
She was asked, “I’ve heard from a number of governors who are frustrated that they haven’t heard directly from President Biden on these weekly coordinating COVID calls. Why hasn’t he joined those weekly calls?”
“We’ve never conveyed it as a call that would be a part of his agenda, so I’m not sure there’s, like, a big controversy here,” Psaki answered.
But Psaki isn’t quite right in her response. Biden ran as the candidate who cared about the nation’s response to the pandemic. He especially positioned himself as the candidate who would be far more involved in the coronavirus crisis.
Instead, Hidin’ Biden has been silent with America’s governors.
“They didn’t even pick up the phone, and say, ‘Hey, by the way, you might see this in the news. We’ll explain it on the call,’” said New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R). “Nothing.”
“It’s been a real frustration, I think it’s safe to say, for all 50 governors,” Sununu added.
It adds frustration to other Americans as well. If Biden can’t show up to lead the nation’s governors on the most important issue facing our world, what will he show up for?
Biden’s absence on COVID adds to the growing list of issues the president has ignored during his first 100 days in office. Despite celebrating milestones like the number of vaccine shots distributed or rollbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, his list of problems has grown much larger.
Polls have begun to show immigration has now become a bigger problem for more Americans that the coronavirus. With 171,000 illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico line just in March, the nation faces a growing refugee crisis within its own borders.
Others have noted financial problems since Biden has taken office. Inflation and environmental policy changes are impacting gas prices at the pump, now at more than 20 percent higher than when Biden took office in January.
And have you tried to shop for housing lately? The Hill reported this week that “the median sale price of an existing home reached $329,100 in March 2021 (an increase of 17.2 percent year-over-year).
Unemployment also continues to dampen the economy’s comeback. A whopping 6.2 percent of Americans were unemployed at the end of March, 2.7 percent higher than one year ago.
Biden’s COVID-call absence stands out as concerning, but serves as part of a larger growing concern of his invisibility and avoidance of America’s challenges. He can assign all he wants to Vice President Kamala Harris, but he remains the one ultimately responsible for the nation’s direction.
Of course, if he can’t handle it, conservatives would be glad to help him out with new leadership in about three more years. Whether a Trump comeback or another Republican voice on the ticket, the time for new representative who puts America first can’t come soon enough.