Former President Bill Clinton has praised his fellow Democrat, President Joe Biden, saying Biden has placed greater importance on helping the American people than worrying about his popularity in polls, in a write-up Clinton submitted for Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2022.
"In his first 16 months in office, Joe Biden has done exactly what he said he would do if elected — help America overcome an unprecedented pandemic, rebuild a battered economy from the bottom up and middle out so that it works for all of us, and restore our standing in the world," Clinton said in the write-up.
"We still face stern tasks, including taming inflation without causing a recession, and combating violent crime. The usual sound bites and answers that dominate the news won't help. But a get-the-job-done leader who cares more about the people than the polls, more about winning the future than rewriting history, will.
"That's who Joe Biden is. And why I'm glad he's on the job."
Clinton also listed what he considered to be Biden's accomplishments, including an economy that "has created 8.3 million jobs — a record at this point in any presidency — and unemployment has been nearly cut in half. Five million more people have gained health insurance."
The former president also praised Biden for his foreign policy, saying he "has unified our democratic allies across Europe and around the world to isolate Russia and provide military and humanitarian assistance to the brave people of Ukraine, while restoring U.S. leadership on key issues — including climate change, democracy, and human rights."
Clinton's lauding of Biden came as a poll released on Monday by NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ revealed that the president's approval rating has dropped to a new low, with 40% saying they "strongly disapprove" and 17% stating that they "somewhat disapprove" of his job in office.
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