White House reportedly panicked over apt comparisons of Biden and Carter presidencies

For several decades now, former President Jimmy Carter has been the metric by which the relative success or failure of all modern presidents is measured, and President Joe Biden is currently coming up short in that regard.

Recent reports indicate that the White House is in a panic over the growing parallels between Biden’s struggling presidency and Carter’s failed tenure in office, Fox News reported.

Biden’s team is now reportedly scrambling to figure out how to avoid the grim comparisons with Carter, but those efforts are complicated greatly by the skyrocketing gas prices and inflation that are seriously harming the economic well-being of millions of American families.

As bad or worse than Carter

The report referenced by Fox News came last week from Politico about how “Biden and his aides have grown increasingly frustrated by their inability to turn the tide against a cascade of challenges threatening to overwhelm the administration.”

“In crisis after crisis, the White House has found itself either limited or helpless in its efforts to combat the forces pummeling them,” the report stated. “Morale inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is plummeting amid growing fears that the parallels to Jimmy Carter, another first-term Democrat plagued by soaring prices and a foreign policy morass, will stick.”

The White House is supposedly planning to send Biden out in public more often to tout his accomplishments and will “sharpen its attacks” against Republicans on issues like abortion and gun control and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021, among other things — though Biden’s team will first need to address its own in-fighting and “finger-pointing” that has reportedly roiled the administration.

Meanwhile, “The president has expressed exasperation that his poll numbers have sunk below those of Donald Trump, whom Biden routinely refers to in private as ‘the worst president’ in history,” and Biden and others are said to be quite angry at his being kept out of the loop on certain issues, such as the baby formula shortage crisis.

The article noted, “Biden’s inner circle is well aware of recent presidential precedent. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both overcame a rough first midterms only to benefit from economic turnarounds and cruise to reelection. But George H.W. Bush and, especially, Carter were felled by shaky economies and rising inflation.”

In that regard, Rice University presidential historian Douglas Brinkley told Politico, “[Carter] lost because of inflation and bad feelings about the economy and a sense that America was flailing and Biden is finding now that it’s hard to be a leader when other things are unraveling.”

Biden’s approval is lower than all predecessors except Ford

The fear over comparisons of Biden and Carter’s presidencies is legitimate, as evidenced by the data compiled by the statisticians at FiveThirtyEight with regard to Biden’s job approval ratings.

Currently, an average of all of the major polls shows that Biden’s approval stands at 40.2 percent while his disapproval is at 53.6 percent.

In comparison to past presidents going all the way back to Harry Truman, as of Day 507 of each respective administration, Biden’s 40.2 percent beats only Gerald Ford’s 39.3 percent and is, in fact, lower than Trump’s 41.5 percent or Carter’s 44 percent — and that doesn’t bode well for the incumbent first-term president in terms of chances for victory for his Democratic Party or himself in the upcoming midterm and presidential election cycles.

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