Biden is branded ‘arrogant’ for saying he won’t change ‘anything’ after midterms
Joe Biden has been accused of arrogance after he insisted that he would not change course, despite coming perilously close to losing control of the House and Senate.
With both races too tight to call, the president insisted on Wednesday that he won’t change anything – even though a majority of voters said the country was on the wrong track.
The president was in a jovial mood after his party kept a red wave from crashing over the country in House, Senate and gubernatorial races.
Yet many felt the tone was inappropriate.
‘Joe Biden delivering an arrogant and delusional press conference from the White House,’ said Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy analyst.
‘No humility from a president whose party is on course to lose control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate too. This man is completely tone deaf.’
Andy Biggs, a Republican congressman representing Arizona, tweeted: ‘Totally disconnected. Arrogance at its finest.’
Author and attorney David Limbaugh said that Biden’s ‘arrogance’ and unwarranted victory lap could help the Republican cause.
‘Further rationalizing, the Dems’ relatively good, not strong, showing might lead Biden to be even more arrogant and defiant, and maybe that causes him to be even more unpopular,’ Limbaugh said.
President Joe Biden held the traditional post-midterm press conference Wednesday in the State Dining Room after Democrats did better-than-expected in the races
Biden on Wednesday afternoon mocked the media for its predictions going into election night – which had him and his Democrats doing badly – and made jokes when asked about Republicans intentions to investigate his family and about his potential 2024 competition.
‘It’ll be fun watching them take on each other,’ he said of a possible battle between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump for the GOP nomination.
He also confirmed he intends to run for a second term.
But Biden mainly used the occassion to double down on his presidency, even as, in exit poll, 73% of voters said they were dissatisfied or angry about the way things are going in the country today
He said he would change ‘nothing’ about his time in office.
Biden expressed confidence he would win over those voters who are angry about inflation, which has caused the cost of living to soar.
‘They’re just finding out what we’re doing,’ he said. ‘The more they know about what we’re doing, the more support there is.’
Biden pointed to policies like cutting prescription drug prices, and the roads and bridges being improved through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and future high speed Amtrak lines, explaining, ‘there’s a lot of things that are just starting to kick in.’
‘I’m not going to change,’ he said.
Social media users were harshly critical.
‘What amazing arrogance from this man!’ said one.
‘Biden wishes Republicans ‘lots of luck’ in plans to investigate son Hunter if they take the House.’
Another added: ‘Biden’s arrogance is stunning; 75% of people in recent poll say the nation is on the wrong course,and he says we are changing “nothing”. He is a sad case.’
Another said: ‘Biden thinks he is the Xi Jinping of America. His arrogance in the speech this afternoon shows he has no intention of working with anyone to adjust his policies, and will continue to fight anyone who tries to stand up to him. His “tough guy” image is so sad.’
President Biden joked about Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump jockeying for GOP nomination; ‘It’ll be fun watching them take on each other,’ he said
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won re-election by a huge margin, prompting talk he will make a bid for president in 2024
Ane he joked with reporters about election predictions.
‘Look, the predictions were and again, I’m not being critical of anybody that played the predictions. This is supposed to be a red wave. You talked about us losing 30 to 50 seats. It’s not going to happen,’ he noted.
Biden was quick with the quip when asked about Republican plans for the next two years of his presidency.
He confirmed he was considering running for re-election in 2024 and, when asked about the possibiilty of a Republican battle between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, he quipped: ‘It’ll be fun watching them take on each other.’
DeSantis’ landslide win lead to talk he’ll be eying the White House next. And Trump has said he’ll make a ‘major’ announcement next week at Mar-a-Lago, sparking speculation he’ll announce another run for president.
As for his own presidential plans, Biden pointed to his wife Jill, sitting in the front row. ‘All kidding aside, our intention is to run again.’
Biden, who turns 80 this month, said he expects to make a final decision next year.
‘This is ultimately a family decision. We’ll have discussions about it. I don’t feel any hurry in one way or another to make that judgment,’ he said. ‘My guess is it’s next year we make that judgment.’
And when asked about an exit poll result that showed two-thirds of voters don’t want him to run for a second term, Biden said: ‘Watch me.’
Biden also brushed off questions about intentions by Republicans to investigate his family, including his son Hunter, should they win control of the House. Races remain too close to call but the GOP is favored to take the majority.
‘Lots of luck in your seniors year my coach used to say,’ he said about the matter. ‘The American public wants us to move on and get things done for them.’
‘I think the American people will look at that for what it is: almost comedy. But you know, I can’t control what they’re going to do. All I can do is continue to try to make life better for the American people,’ he added.
His Wednesday press conference served as a victory lap.
‘While the press and the pundits are predicting a giant red wave. It didn’t happen,’ Biden said. ‘And I know you were somewhat miffed by my incessant optimism, I felt good during the whole process, I thought we were going to do fine.’
But he called the 2022 contest ‘a good day for democracy and I think a good day for America.’
He noted that while every loss is ‘painful’ and some Democrats got booted froom their seats, he cited the statistic that his party lost fewer seats in the House than any Democrat did in the last 40 years.
And he said the midterm was the best for Democrats being elected to governors’ mansions since 1986.
First lady Jill Biden walks into President Biden’s press conference and takes her seat in the front row
President Joe Biden addresses reporters Wednesday afternoon from the White House’s State Dining Room
The Democrats had a better-than-expected night, holding off a red wave or a ‘shellacking’ as former President Barack Obama called his first experience losing midterm races.
The House still hasn’t been called for Republicans – with 206 House races so far going their way, while Democrats retained 177, with a number of competitive races still to be called.
To win the House majority, a party needs 218 seats.
The Senate remained winnable for the Democrats, with outstanding calls to be made in Nevada and Arizona.
Arizona looked likely to stay in the party’s hands with Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly leading his GOP challenger Blake Masters by around 5 points with about two-thirds of the vote reporting.
In Nevada, Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto was trailing her Republican opponent, Adam Laxalt.
Even if Republicans pick up Nevada’s Senate seat, the Democrats can keep a majority if they hold onto Georgia.
The Associated Press confirmed Georgia’s Senate candidates, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker would indeed be headed to an early December run-off.
Republicans are still expected to win control of the House when all the votes are counted but there was no massive GOP victory, which is what Democrats feared.
Prior to the press conference the White House released a video montage of the president on the phone with various candidates.
Biden was visibly gleeful, offering his congratulations, telling them he’ll sleep better knowing they won, and saying to them: ‘God love ya.’ There was even a cameo by Commander Biden, the president’s dog.
After calling Democrats last night, the president made another round of congratulatory calls on Wednesday morning, including to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, and a Republican: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
He also spoke with Rep. Matt Cartwright, Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, and Rep.-elect Robert Garcia.
And he spoke with Kelly and Warnock, whose races have yet to be called.
Finally he talked to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Representative Val Demings – both of whom lost their contests.
‘I hope Jill and I get a little time to sneak away for a week around, between Christmas and Thanksgiving’: Biden hints he is looking for a break after midterms and Asia trip and will talk to his family about a 2024 race
President Joe Biden suggested at his Wednesday press conference that he and First Lady Jill Biden would take a vacation around the holidays – and discuss his plans for a 2024 presidential run.
‘My guess is – I hope Jill and I get a little time to sneak away for a week around, between Christmas and Thanksgiving,’ Biden said.
He was being asked if he had a ‘timeline’ to announce a reelection bid.
‘My guess is it would be early next year to make that – but I plan to do it now,’ he added, after earlier telling reporters ‘my intention is I will run again.’
He said that it was ‘ultimately a family decision’ and that he was a ‘great respecter in fate.’
‘I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it,’ Biden said, referring to his family members.
Dr. Biden was sitting front row at the press conference, which went on for nearly an hour – and served as a victory lap after Democrats stemmed the tide of a so-called ‘red wave.’
First Lady Jill Biden (center) was seated in the front row at President Joe Biden’s press conference Wednesday
The Democrats potentially preserved their Senate minority, and while the House looks likely to flip into Republican hands, the party didn’t lose as many seats as modern history predicted.
‘Our intention is to run again, that’s been our intention, regardless of what the outcome of this election was,’ Biden noted. ‘The fact that we won – we, I didn’t run, the fact that the Democratic Party outperformed anything anyone expected and did better than any off-year presidency since John Kennedy, is one that gives everybody, like whoo, a sigh of relief that the mega Republicans are not taking over the government again, etc.’
He suggested Democrats’ performance would lead to fewer questions about whether he was up to the task to serve a second term.
When asked by NBC’s Kristen Welker about polling that indicated two-thirds of the American public wanted a different presidential choice and how it factored into his decison, Biden blew it off.
‘It doesn’t,’ he said. ‘Watch me!’
After getting through Tuesday’s midterms, Biden then leaves for a two-country, multi-day trek through Asia, which includes the high-stakes annual G20 meeting.
Upon his return, his granddaughter Naomi will be married at the White House and then he’ll mark his 80th birthday, leading into Thanksgiving week.
Last year the Bidens spent the Thanksgiving holiday on the tony island of Nantucket.
They also traveled to Kiawah Island, South Carolina for vacation this year, or have utilized their Rehoboth Beach, Delaware vacation home.