It is a national disappointment.
President Biden said Thursday that Americans were “really, really depressed” after facing a continuing series of crises under his leadership.
The country is grappling with runaway inflation, record gasoline prices at the pump, runaway inflation and supply shortages like infant formula – but the president has blamed America’s gloomy mood on the coronavirus pandemic.
“They’re really down,” Biden told The Associated Press in an Oval Office interview, his first one-on-one with a reporter in months and his first since becoming president with a reporter from the written press.
“The need for mental health in America, it’s skyrocketed, because people have seen everything turned upside down. Everything they counted on turned upside down. But most of it is the consequence of what happened, what happened as a result of the COVID crisis.
The federal government passed a massive COVID-19 relief bill that some Republican lawmakers have blamed for stoking inflation, which is now at heights not seen in four decades. But Biden told the AP it was a “weird” take and he said the country could still avoid falling into a full recession.
“First of all, it’s not inevitable,” Biden said. “Second, we are in a stronger position than any nation in the world to overcome this inflation.”
“Be confident, because I am convinced that we are better placed than any country in the world to own the second quarter of the 21st century,” he said. “That’s not hyperbole, that’s fact.”
The president cited a 3.6% unemployment rate and what the AP called relative strength around the world as reasons things could get better before they get worse.
After emerging from the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has faced several crises starting with confusion over changing and sometimes conflicting mask mandates – to a growing shortage of mask supplies. infant formula that the administration would have been in the dark.
The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and resulting sanctions have contributed to global unrest and soaring crude oil prices. Nationally, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has reached record highs and is now over $5.