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One year into his presidency, Biden hits a wall. Can he recover?

Nancy Cook and Josh Wingrove
Nancy Cook and Josh Wingrove1/27/2022 05:13 PM GMT+08  • 15 min read
One year into his presidency, Biden hits a wall. Can he recover?
For Joe Biden, this was not how 2022 was supposed to start.
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For Joe Biden, this was not how 2022 was supposed to start.

On the timeline imagined by the White House when he took office a year ago, widely available vaccines would have effectively ended the Covid-19 pandemic in the US by now. The economy would be growing strongly, and a narrowly divided Congress would have already passed the bulk of Biden’s agenda. With those mega-missions accomplished, the president could have spent 2022 focusing on voting rights, cutting ribbons on infrastructure projects, and telling Americans what he had done to make their lives better — with vaccines, stimulus checks, and Great Society-scale investments in child care, education, and the fight against climate change.

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