Biden's infrastructure win overshadowed by new virus surge
When the Senate voted this week, with bipartisan support, to begin work on an infrastructure bill that Biden supported, he seemed to have proof of the concept. I know it’s exhausting to think we’re still in this fight,” Biden said to reporters at the White House on Thursday. In front of 1,000 mask-free people at the White House, Biden had decreed July 4th to be the day that America declared its “independence” from the virus. But just weeks later, staffers and journalists working at the White House were required to don face coverings again, regardless of their vaccination status. It marked a significant win for the White House, even as numerous twists and turns surely lie ahead, including keeping all the Democrats in line for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan.wftv.com
Biden lands win, but virus surge threatens to derail agenda
I know it’s exhausting to think we’re still in this fight,” Biden said to reporters at the White House on Thursday. Biden himself had decreed July 4th to be the day that American declared its “independence” from the virus in front of 1,000 mask-free people at the White House. But just weeks later, staffers and journalists working at the White House were required to don face coverings again, regardless of their vaccination status. And the rollback calls into question whether the Biden administration had been too quick to relax guidelines and now risked losing some of the public’s confidence. It marked a significant win for the White House, even as numerous twists and turns surely lie ahead, including keeping all the Democrats in line for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan.wftv.com
Biden's 1st month was about erasing the mark of 'former guy'
Four years ago, pens were just one more little drama in Donald Trump's White House. That the new guy can erase the legacy of the “former guy,” as Biden has called Trump. AdOne month into Trump's presidency, he had already lost his national security adviser and his choice for labor secretary to scandal. Pets roam the White House lawn again. Fires crackle in the White House fireplace.
In first days, Biden flashes action as deep problems loom
Biden is looking to jump-start his first 100 days in office with action and symbolism to reassure a divided and weary public that help is in the offing. The scale of the problems is immense and the question for us is do we respond at scale.”The changes within the White House have been swift. “One thing you learn on January 20th is that you suddenly own all of it.”Just two Cabinet nominees were confirmed by week's end, to the frustration of the White House. But while Trump will shadow the White House, Biden aides have noted that the former president commands far less attention now that his Twitter account is gone. “There is an old saying: ‘Make the main thing the main thing.’ And the Biden White House knows that’s the main thing,” Madden said.
Psaki, next White House press secretary, a veteran messenger
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2011, file photo Jen Psaki is seen in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Much of that work will fall to Jen Psaki, Biden's pick for White House press secretary. “This job becomes one of the most recognizable people representing both the administration and the government writ large,” said Robert Gibbs, a former Obama press secretary. Both the president and his media team were frequently at odds with White House reporters while routinely spreading falsehoods. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, and a graduate of William & Mary, Psaki is part of an all-female senior communications team for the Biden White House.
After tense night, election mystery remains for media
A man stops to watch election returns on electronic billboards in Times Square, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in New York. Cable and broadcast news divisions followed the story closely, even as they learned that election night coverage was a relative dud with viewers. An estimated 56.9 million people watched coverage over 21 networks during primetime hours Tuesday, down sharply from the 71.4 million viewers on election night 2016, the Nielsen company said. For weeks, media outlets had warned that Americans would need patience on election night and beyond, and that turned out to be their most accurate prediction. Even if Biden won the presidency, Democrats were sure to face questions about why the race was so close and why predicted gains in Congress didn't materialize.