White House Painting an “Overly Rosy” Picture of Biden in the Latest Progress Report

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The White House put out a post on Instagram boasting the “successes” that the Biden administration made. However, they omitted other key issues.

On Friday, the White House posted a report on Instagram listing the progress that the Biden administration had with regard to eliminating the number of COVID-19 cases and increasing the number of people getting vaccinated.

Although the report sounds promising, it omitted other issues, such as reopening schools, where the Biden administration has struggled. 

White House: the Biden administration “turned the tide”

In the Instagram post, the White House stated that they have “turned the tide” on a crisis. They also put the title on the post, labeling it as “Progress Under President Biden.”

The progress report emphasized the drop in coronavirus cases and death. They also showed the decreasing unemployment and lower hunger rate. The post then recognized the uptick in COVID-9 vaccinations and the increasing employment rate. Moreover, the post also mentioned that people are getting health care coverage. 

However, what’s noticeable is that the White House post made no mention of other metrics such as the re-opening of schools.

Although most red-state schools have already welcomed students back, many liberal areas are still closed for most of the year, particularly in areas where teachers’ unions have high control in power. 

“Joe Biden” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

In relation to this, Biden received a low bar of success on that matter. Critics also noted that Biden distanced himself from comments made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, saying that one of Biden administration’s goals for its first 100 days in office is to have over 50% of schools open at least one day a week. 

Critics stated that goal was unambitious; these numbers were already made before Biden took office, as some school districts had already opened partially. 

White House published an “overly rosy picture”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post labeled Biden’s progress rate on reopening of schools as “uneven.” These results happened even though a huge stimulus package was set for schools to reopen “safely.”

Research also cited a stark contrast between red states and blue states. In districts and counties where Trump won, over half of the schools were already fully open in April. On the other hand, in areas where Biden won, only 25% were fully reopened. 

There were also plenty of commentators who are not pleased with what the post published; critics began saying that it is an “overly rosy picture” of the current status of America under the Biden administration. 

They also noted that areas where Biden is failing (such as the border crisis, rising gas prices, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East) were not mentioned. 

One Instagram user raised the question, “what about all the negatives?”

Accordingly, the user stated that the White House failed to mention important areas where the Biden administration is apparently not doing well.