White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said that the White House had been focusing on economic messaging for the entire year before the midterm elections. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain also said that the media is trying to create panic about the “supply chain crisis” when there isn’t actually any reason for panic.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said President Biden gets frustrated when the media “invents” panic on issues like the supply chain crisis when there isn’t a “real panic” to report, according to a new book.
In Chris Whipple’s forthcoming book, “The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House,” Klain is quoted to have said that Biden often feels like he was dealt a hand worse than the one dealt to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt had been the president during the Great Depression.
Whipple has said that he was given access to members of Biden’s inner circle while he was working on the book. While during the start of his presidency Biden had incredibly high approval rates, following the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan his approval ratings plummeted. Many critics have compared the withdrawal to the fall of Saigon. The President’s approval rate this year was around 38 percent which according to Gallup is the lowest achieved by any President in history.
During his interview with Whipple, Klain said that Biden had “the most successful first year of any president ever” but the media chose to instead create panic instead of focusing on the successes. He added that the President feels frustrated at the media for “going into a frenzy about whether or not anyone will be able to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving and whether everyone’s Christmas presents will show up.” Klain continued to say that turkeys were bought and Christmas presents arrived, despite the panic created by the media.