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President Biden says he ‘didn’t over-promise,’ but probably ‘outperformed’

President Biden began his first press conference in 78 days on Wednesday by stating that he has “outperformed” expectations while criticizing Republicans for working against him.

He added the claim that some GOP lawmakers have told him in confidence that they are on his side but are too concerned about a primary to support him publicly. 

“It’s been a year of challenges but also been a year of enormous progress,” the president said in only his second solo press conference held in the White House. The address, during which he spoke for nearly two hours and took questions from 24 reporters present, came the day before the anniversary of his first year in office.

While he did not make an verbal gaffes he has made at previous press events, like saying Kamala Harris the president, he did grow impatient at one point. His frustration followed a question in which he was asked about a voting rights speech where he compared Republicans to prominent white supremacists.

“I’m still standing,” he noted as he approached the two hour mark. Biden repeatedly checked his watch to note how long he was taking questions from reporters.

Other than listing all the things he did right, Biden did admit that he should have had more COVID tests ready to go for Americans, and he attributed the record-high inflation to the ongoing pandemic and the actions of the Federal Reserve.

Still, he argued that he did not make too many promises to the American people when he came into the White House last year. “Look I didn’t over promise. But I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen,” he said.

Biden continued, saying, that no other incoming president has faced the number of issues he did when taking office in January of last year. “Do you think any president has done as much in one year? Name one,” he commented.

“I don’t’ think there has been much on any incoming president’s plate that has been a bigger menu than the plate I have. I’m not complaining. I knew that. And the fact of the matter is, we got an awful lot done. An awful lot done.” 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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