Joe Biden has been president of the United States for nearly 100 days since taking office on January 20, 2021. Having been nicknamed “Sleepy Joe” by incumbent President Donald Trump during the campaign, Biden woke up from the difficulties of the presidency only in the eyes of half of Americans. Nevertheless, he is ahead of former Trump opponent, whose approval rating after 100 days in office was only 42 percent.
What has Biden accomplished since taking office three months ago? Regarding the coronavirus pandemic, Biden promised “that within 100 days we can change the course of the disease and make a difference in America.” Indeed, vaccination campaigns in few countries have been as successful as in the United States, although Biden may have taken a page from Trump’s America First book, largely encouraging American manufacturers to sell vaccine production domestically through the Defense Production Act.
In his first 100 days in office, Biden also joined the Paris Climate Accord and the WHO, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and border wall projects, backed away from Trump-era immigration restrictions, tightened environmental and anti-discrimination laws, and passed a $1.9 trillion aid package to fight coronavirus. He also proposed two other giant spending bills, a $2.3 trillion jobs and infrastructure package and a $1.9 trillion American Families plan that includes provisions for free community college and two years of free universal preschool. Nevertheless, his approval rating at this point remains quite low compared to previous presidents before Trump. At the 100-day mark, Barack Obama had an approval rating of 69 percent, and Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush even had approval ratings above 70 percent.
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