Editor’s Letter

Biden has avoided controversy so far — but his days of doing so are numbered

The 46th president is currently achieving a balancing act between pleasing moderate Republican voters and progressives in his own party. But after the recent tactics of Fox News pundits, it’s clear he’ll soon have to change tack

Thursday 29 April 2021 00:08

he US quietly reached a notable milestone on Thursday: 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency. The 46th president is now properly at home in the White House, having made his first speech to Congress, held his first press conference, and attended his first international summits. 

He’s even undergone his first (laughably minor) scandal: the issue of his two rescue dogs, Major and Champ, and Major’s unfortunate tendency to snap at staff at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

On the surface, there are a lot of victories for Biden to boast about: surpassing his goal of delivering 200,000 vaccinations to Americans in his first 100 days; getting through a wide-ranging Covid relief bill with bipartisan support (even if it meant abandoning changes to the minimum wage); earning the respect of Black Lives Matter campaigners for staying in touch with George Floyd’s family during the trial of his now convicted murderer, Derek Chauvin. But bubbling below the surface are possible issues.

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