Pendhamma Sindhusen is an independent political columnist and analyst.
As an immortal modus operandi for any American president, the first 100 days of their administration are of an extraordinary optical stature both in their own eyes and in the perspective of the general public. The tradition of media outlets and political pundits scampering to evaluate and broadcast feedbacks of the administration’s performance in its nascent days when its mandate to govern is likely as high as it gets has probably been ingrained into the conscience of any observer of the country’s politics. For the incumbent Biden-Harris administration, such a tradition was only solidified. However, it was also distorted into something that would have been completely unconscionable in the preceding era.
There is no hyperbole in stating it is common knowledge that the media have been growing progressively partisan and polarizing as the 2 sides of the spectrum continually drift further apart. For better or worse, the direction the vast majority of mainstream outlets are trending towards is leftward.
Ever since his time as a presidential candidate against his abhorred-by-the-media predecessor, Joe Biden has relished in buoyant coverage by the same media that cared to report about his favorite ice cream flavor and his canine companions in contrast to the consistently critical coverage of Donald Trump and consciously neglected the legitimate narrative about Hunter Biden’s delinquent activities after assiduously propagating stories about Trump’s legal controversies, even at their flimsy, incipient stages. Now that he is the occupant of the Oval Office for the next 4 years, the ballyhooing has only intensified.
As the first 100 days of his presidency conclude today, multitudinous stories from multifarious outlets sharing the same alignment have broken to sugarcoat the period as superlative and him as an effective leader. Whatever he has managed to accomplish thus far is gloriously highlighted, whereas the many that he has botched are glaringly omitted.
Any newsreader could easily espy today headlines and captions about 1.4 million jobs having been created, Congress having passed a colossal $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, and the country having attained the ambitious COVID-19 vaccination milestone of 200 million shots since the day of Biden’s inauguration. At the same time, very sparsely —if any at all —would they ever come across anything indicative of the crisis at the southern border that polls have revealed the public’s great disapproval on and that has escalated to a historic degree that dwarfed the Trump-era situation over which both the media and the Democrats feigned exceeding outrage. Of great dearth would also be mentions of China’s egregious aggression Taiwan and the Uyghurs and the communist regime’s emboldened expansion of its sphere of influence that paralleled that by Putin’s Russia.
Whereas left-slanted mainstream outlets were instantaneously set ablaze by the light purportedly cast on the devious actions of such Trump administration officials as Scott Pruitt and Michael Flynn and those associated with the Trump campaign like Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, they have yet to commensurately cover the potential act of treason by former state secretary John Kerry, who incidentally is now Biden’s climate envoy, in disclosing confidential matters to the Iranians regarding the then-impending Israeli attacks. This is, of course, not to mention the humdrum approval ratings of the incumbent president that, while comparatively better than Trump’s during the same span of his presidency, has been exaggerated, the many disconcerting gaffes, and his administration’s non-transparencies to the public epitomized by the disallowance of media access to migrant detention facilities amidst the crisis.
Moreover, the aforementioned jobs and vaccination numbers that appear independently attractive are indeed misleading as to Biden’s capability as commander in chief. To elaborate, while it is true that the 46th president’s first 100 days featured an increase in jobs amounting to a prodigious 1.4 million, which clearly eclipsed its Trumpian counterpart of some 500,000, one must also realize that the economy is in a recuperative phase, and it is conventional for the economy to gain jobs more conveniently in such condition than otherwise. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trump had already overseen the creation of over 700,000 jobs in his last 100 days as president.
It is also true that the current administration has made expeditious progress in administering COVID-19 vaccines to the American people, but an indisputable fact is that the assay to develop and manufacture these vaccines, embodied by Operation Warp Speed, was initiated by the Trump administration and succeeded in record time, which the same media lionizing Biden for the progress did not even anticipate. There was also another item initiated by the Trump administration: economic stimulus.
The idea of doling out to Americans relief checks was already instituted and championed by President Trump, who ended up delivering the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriation Act for the American people. These acts laid the groundwork for another one of their likes, which finally came in the form of Biden-signed American Rescue Plan Act, and Trump himself also did demand a third stimulus bill from Congress while in office.
Neither the notions surrounding the entirety of this nor anything with any shred of resemblance has been and likely will ever be employed by the mainstream media that have inexorably endeavored to protect Biden. Yet, it is of critical importance for any American, who will have to confront a binary choice between maintaining and revamping the status quo as it is—that is the incumbent Democratic White House and the Democrat-controlled Congress, which will soon face re-elections.
The first 100 days of a presidency offer a first glimpse at how the presidency will likely unfold in the following 44 months, and it is all-important for the public to gain a comprehensive insight into them, which the media orthodoxically provide. Now that a summarized, candidly deglamorized version of it is here, let us allow the nature of politics and public opinion to take their own courses and observe what they will give in 2022 and 2024.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 Pendhamma Sindhusen
Sharlee on April 30, 2021:
I enjoyed your article, it very much puts the facts upfront, and really makes one stop and think --- this guy has really done nothing... I mean what did we expect, he did nothing in his long history in Washington but blend in, and try not to get noticed. And he did a fine job at blending in keeping his seat in the Senate without doing zip. He really did not campaign, just stayed out of sight. Funny how his lifelong talent of being there but not getting noticed worked out, he now sits in the White House, and pretty much is following what he has done throughout his life --- laying low. Comical if one really thinks about it.