President Joe Biden complained late last week that it will be a “sad, sad two years” of Republicans manage to win back control of Congress during the November midterms.
Biden make his remarks Thursday evening when he spoke to Democratic National Committee members during their annual retreat, asking them to rally behind what he claimed is a “message that resonates” — “Build a better America.”
“If we don’t do that, don’t do that, it’s going to be a sad, sad two years. Think about Republicans if they controlled the Congress these last two years,” Biden said.
“I believe we have a record to be incredibly proud of … a message that resonates: Build a better America. Now we have to do the work. Now what we have to do is we have to sell it with confidence, clarity, conviction and repetition,” he claimed.
Biden has so far presided over historically high inflation, record oil and gas prices, a disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, a deepening migrant and drug-smuggling crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, a supply chain crisis, and now a new war on Europe’s doorstep — all in his first year in office, which has led to crashing approval ratings.
To that latter point, Biden also focused his remarks on Ukraine, touting his administration’s efforts to rally North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ongoing invasion.
As The Hill reported:
The president listed Ukraine as an issue for Democrats to run on, touting the unity of NATO and the U.S. against Russia’s ongoing invasion into its neighboring country and saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “failed to divide Democrats and Republicans.”
He also noted the record-high price of gas and called it “Putin’s price hike,” rhetoric that the White House has been using to discuss gas prices since Biden announced a ban on Russian energy imports earlier this week.
Biden also continued blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the current spike in oil prices, though they have been rising steadily since after he took office.