This week’s White House bulletin finds President Joe Biden with a well-deserved victory under his belt, new Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman on the court.
When few thought his nomination would fall through, it gave Biden something to applaud, especially during a week when former President Barack Obama returned to the White House to relive his Obamacare victory in a remarkable celebration. for how Biden was sometimes ignored by his guests.
Pollster John Zogby noted how the president’s polls rose slightly, to an average of 43% approval, but that’s nowhere near a comfort level for the White House or the Democrats.
Conservative analyst Jed Babbin has shone the spotlight on the illegal immigration crisis at the border that risks influencing the midterm legislative elections and rattling Democrats.
Biden scored a big victory this week with the Senate’s confirmation of Jackson as the new liberal Supreme Court justice, replacing Stephen Breyer. The rest of the week was a predictable disaster, starting with Obama’s visit.
Obama came for a celebration of the anniversary of the enactment of Obamacare, which, remember, then-Vice President Biden said was a “big deal.” After the event, Biden was left wandering aimlessly through the crowd of fans who flocked around Obama with no one to talk to.
Biden’s removal of the Title 42 health mandate, which allows certain illegal immigrants infected with COVID to be immediately deported from the United States, is expected to increase the flow of illegal immigrants to about 18,000 per week. At this rate, some estimates indicate that the population of illegal immigrants in the United States could double under Biden.
Border Patrol is now issuing smartphones to migrants under the theory that the phones will not be thrown away and can be used to track illegal immigrants and remind them of court dates. What could go wrong? Our tax money at work.
Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he is about to start busing illegal immigrants out of Texas to drop them off at the Capitol. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to send illegal immigrants to Delaware. Publicity stunts? Sure. Justified? Abso-bloody-lute.
And it’s news to no one, but Biden’s massive economic sanctions against Russia aren’t working. The rouble, which took a hit after the invasion of Ukraine in February, has now recovered. Germany continues to buy Russian gas through unauthorized banks, and Biden is blocking Ukraine from getting the fighter jets it needs.
High inflation has not changed this week. More and more economists are worried about an economic slowdown in the fight against inflation. A horrible massacre by the Russians happened in a train station as we learned of the massacres during the first invasion of Ukraine.
But Biden made history this week by securing the nomination of the first black woman to the Supreme Court, and the textbooks will give her a high mark for the week.
Last week, I reported that his average approval rating was around 40%. If we look at the last four polls conducted entirely in April, his average is 43%. It’s nothing to brag about – but it’s clearly in place. We’ll see if that’s a trend, but that’s for next week. This week was all about better grades and history.
Jed Babbin is a Washington Examiner contributor and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the administration of former President George HW Bush. Follow him on Twitter @jedbabbin
John Zogby is the founder of Zogby Survey and senior partner at John Zogby Strategies. Her weekly podcast with her son and partner Jeremy Zogby can be listened to here. Follow him on Twitter @ZogbyStrategies