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We scored Biden's first 100 days

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Biden’s biographer, Evan Osnos, explains why the president is a weather vane for the Democratic Party.Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Biden’s biographer, Evan Osnos, explains why the president is a weather vane for the Democratic Party.Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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go and get the vaccination they're available eligible. Now, biden said that when he addressed a joint session of Congress last night, It took place at a key time in American politics when a new president hits their 100th day in office and the public evaluates his performance and biden seems to think he's doing pretty well. Now. After just 100 days I can report to the nation. America is on the move again. But we decided to make our own report card for joe and we're grading him on how well he kept the promises he made on his economic policy. Obviously coronavirus is a big one. Immigration, climate change and police reform and criminal justice issues. All of those are really difficult and it's also like worth noting that the 100 day mark is kind of an arbitrary mark and a lot of these things are going to take longer. Ellen nelson covers the White House for Vox. So for right now biden gets the score of about a be somewhere in the B range. Alright, let's go Through this report card, one x 1 jobs in Scranton. Please report to the science class for a covid response class. Immediately. Let's start with the coronavirus response. More than 50 of Americans have received a vaccine shot at this point. A lot of us know people anecdotally who are fully vaccinated, but we are not out of the woods entirely yet. So what does that mean for biden score? Yeah, I mean like anything with covid, right? I feel like it's tough to, to tell when biden took office. We were at one of the worst points during covid. I mean back in december in january, those really, really scary times. There were record numbers of cases in the US and since biden has has come in office, I think that there's been this real discipline that has been a departure from the trump administration certainly. And a really clear laying out of here is our goal on covid vaccinations. Here's how we're going to do it. Here's what you should expect. And initially they almost sort of set expectations lower or at least set them at a reasonable level and they've been able to exceed them. So now going into summer, you know, I feel like both the number of vaccinations that have happened, but also the economy from covid stimulus relief. Those are two really big things that I think can't be underestimated. Part of his coronavirus response was a $2 trillion dollar relief package. So has that given his grade a boost, the Covid relief package is really popular with americans. And it's not that difficult to understand why, you know, a lot of folks got to see a direct impact from that bill almost immediately in the form of stimulus checks hitting their bank account and other things like unemployment insurance aid to states and cities Back in 2008 when Obama took office, the economy was in a tailspin and that recovery was really slow and really painful. And I think that, you know, certainly it's been well reported that the Biden administration wants to do something different. They wanted to really go big on COVID stimulus so that the economy would rebound, um, in a huge way. And I think that there are certainly initial signs that the economy is getting ready to do that. All right. So what's the final score for joe on the pandemic? I think that biden gets probably if you want to be stingy and a minus. But I think that on covid and initially the economy, he gets a pretty high score in the a range
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