During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday, President Joe Biden defended his administration's economic record, saying he doesn’t think there's a recession coming, but if there is, it would be "very slight," before moving on to boast about all his "legislative victories," such as the memorable "American Rescue Plan," the "Inflation Act" (we assume Biden meant the Inflation Reduction Act, but "Inflation Act" is probably more accurate), and the most recent $368 billion in additional spending to "deal with the energy problem and the whole notion of global warming."
Asked if the American people should prepare for a recession, Biden answered, "No, look, they've been saying this now, how, every six months they say this. Every six months, they look down at the next six months and say what's gonna happen. It hadn't happened yet.
"It hadn't — but — there — that had — there is no, there's no guarantee that there's gonna be — I don't think there will be a recession. If it is, it will be a slight recession. That is, we'll move down slightly," he added.
Biden then pivoted to his administration's wonderful accomplishments. "Think about what's happened. We've done more, we're in a better position than any other major country in the world, economically and politically. We still have real problems, but look, look, look, look, look what we got done," he said before mentioning the "American Rescue Plan," his first stimulus package, and "the legislation to deal with infla — the Inflation Act."
Next, Biden launched into a rambling narrative about the economic "impact on families" who are "concerned about energy prices" and how his dad used to say middle-class families should have "breathing room" after all the bills are paid because they are "in fact, struggling" and so, of course, he threw another $368 billion at "the whole notion of global warming" to deal with the energy problem.
In case that didn't quite make sense, Biden clarified by adding, "It's gonna bring a billion, a trillion, 750 million dollars, billion dollars off the sidelines in investment. Look what's happened. Look at the investment going on in America right now."
At that, Tapper somehow managed to keep a straight face and simply answered, "Yeah. So you think Democrats have something to run on."
"Oh, I think we do, I know we do," Biden responded.
Unfortunately for Biden and Tapper, a few folks on Twitter still had questions:
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