# Seven Achievements by Joe Biden in 2021 That No One Is Talking About

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## 1. Fighting Climate Change​

One of Biden's very first acts as president was to rejoin the Paris climate accord which former President Donald Trump had left.

## 2. Judicial Appointments​

While former President Trump's high-profile appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court are still making headlines, Biden has been quietly making a series of appointments to the federal courts.

The president has seen 40 federal judges confirmed so far—the most of any president in their first term since the late Ronald Reagan in 1981, and twice as many as Trump appointed during his first year.

## 3. The AUKUS Submarine Deal​

Though it caused significant anger in the French government, the AUKUS submarine deal between the U.S, U.K. and Australia can be viewed as a strategic success in efforts to confront China in the Pacific Ocean.

## 4. Pausing Federal Executions​

Former President Trump ended a 17-year pause on federal executions and 13 people were put to death between July, 2020 and January, 2021. Biden, an opponent of the federal death penalty, has reinstated the pause.

## 5. Transgender Service Members​

During his first week in office, Biden issued an executive order to end a ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military. That restriction had been put in place by Trump.

## 6. Reuniting Migrant Families​

One of former President Trump's most controversial policies involved a zero-tolerance approach to undocumented migrants crossing into the U.S. through the southern border; policy that has been linked to an estimated 5,500 children being separated from their families.

## 7. Jobs, Wages and GDP​

While many Americans remain pessimistic about the U.S. economy amid inflation that's hit a 40-year high, Biden's first year in office has seen considerable improvements in jobs and wage growth.

The unemployment rate fell to just 4.2 percent in November—a 21-month low and jobless claims fell to their lowest levels since 1969 in early December.

Initial jobless claims for the week ending December 18 stood at a seasonally adjusted 205,000, largely unchanged from the previous week. This is below pre-pandemic levels and appears to indicate a strong labor market.

Wages and salaries paid by private businesses also rose 2.4 percent after inflation from January to October, while disposable income grew 3 percent.

Americans are also expected to receive the largest pay increase in over a decade next year, while U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by a revised annual rate of 2.3 percent in the third quarter, beating the previously estimated 2.1 percent.

While it remains to be seen how the new Omicron variant will affect the economy, broad indicators are positive heading into 2022.

#### Elixir

Jobs & wages should be #1
It’s the the only item that is held dear by “swing” voters.

ETA: actually I just wanted to respond to this thread because this looked so pitiful with zero replies.:

#### Loren Pechtel

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Jobs & wages should be #1
It’s the the only item that is held dear by “swing” voters.

ETA: actually I just wanted to respond to this thread because this looked so pitiful with zero replies.:

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Your reply was only half an hour later and few on here will dispute the points anyway--the number of replies is far more about how controversial than how important.

#### thebeave

##### Veteran Member
What about the withdrawl from Afghanistan? Is the omission of that achievement from the list a tacit admission that it was a total FUBAR?

##### Loony Running The Asylum
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What about the withdrawl from Afghanistan? Is the omission of that achievement from the list a tacit admission that it was a total FUBAR?
No.

#### thebeave

##### Veteran Member
What about the withdrawl from Afghanistan? Is the omission of that achievement from the list a tacit admission that it was a total FUBAR?
No.
OK, thanks for clearing that up!

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
What about the withdrawl from Afghanistan? Is the omission of that achievement from the list a tacit admission that it was a total FUBAR?
Firstly, the vast majority of Americans wanted out of Afghanistan and didn't give a fuck about Afghanistan. Personally, I was of the Pottery Barn policy, but Biden has stopped taking my calls.

Secondly, what was a the FUBAR part? The one where the previous administration handed the nation to the Taliban? That the Afghan military collapsed instantly instead of over a period of months to year? That Biden did it immediately and got just about everyone we wanted and many of the Afghans that wanted out?
It was far from ideal, but it wasn't quite FUBAR as well. That would have included the Taliban holding US soldiers in front of cameras, asking for stuff... or just killing them. In a ridiculously perverse way, the Taliban assisted our retreat, least we have Trump to thank for that.

And come the 2024 election, almost no American is going to care about it. In fact, the only people that bring it up these days are the people that wanted us out anyway.

#### Jimmy Higgins

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I would say, Biden managed to get Congress to pass an infrastructure bill (something that usually hasn't required an act of god to happen in the past) as well as a stimulus bill. The GOP has been almost entirely non-committal to governing, so doing these things was much harder than usual.

Overall, Biden has had a pretty good first year. The pandemic isn't going as planned, but that isn't because of issues coming from the White House. It is inertial from the previous Administration that sowed dissent regarding Covid-19.

#### thebeave

##### Veteran Member
What about the withdrawl from Afghanistan? Is the omission of that achievement from the list a tacit admission that it was a total FUBAR?
Firstly, the vast majority of Americans wanted out of Afghanistan and didn't give a fuck about Afghanistan. Personally, I was of the Pottery Barn policy, but Biden has stopped taking my calls.

Secondly, what was a the FUBAR part? The one where the previous administration handed the nation to the Taliban? That the Afghan military collapsed instantly instead of over a period of months to year? That Biden did it immediately and got just about everyone we wanted and many of the Afghans that wanted out?
It was far from ideal, but it wasn't quite FUBAR as well. That would have included the Taliban holding US soldiers in front of cameras, asking for stuff... or just killing them. In a ridiculously perverse way, the Taliban assisted our retreat, least we have Trump to thank for that.

And come the 2024 election, almost no American is going to care about it. In fact, the only people that bring it up these days are the people that wanted us out anyway.
He was widely supported by nearly everyone (left and right), for finally pulling the trigger on getting the US out of Afghanistan, no doubt about that. But that's about it. He was widely panned for the logistics (or the lack of planning thereof) and speed of the withdrawl by nearly everyone (left and right). Even the mainstream lefty media finally stopped going soft on him at this point. Lots of military equipment and personnel left behind. The Taliban are parading around in US Army fatigues for Gawd's sake!

It would have been nice if he did the withdrawl in accordance with this guy's more sensible plan:

#### TSwizzle

Gas is $5.00 a gallon, inflation is 7% and rising but the important thing is that transgenders can serve in the military. Doing one helluva job. I can't think why people aren't talking about this amazing list more, it's fucking hilarious !! Did Corbett put this list together? Lets Go Brandon !!! #### Jimmy Higgins ##### Contributor What about the withdrawl from Afghanistan? Is the omission of that achievement from the list a tacit admission that it was a total FUBAR? Firstly, the vast majority of Americans wanted out of Afghanistan and didn't give a fuck about Afghanistan. Personally, I was of the Pottery Barn policy, but Biden has stopped taking my calls. Secondly, what was a the FUBAR part? The one where the previous administration handed the nation to the Taliban? That the Afghan military collapsed instantly instead of over a period of months to year? That Biden did it immediately and got just about everyone we wanted and many of the Afghans that wanted out? It was far from ideal, but it wasn't quite FUBAR as well. That would have included the Taliban holding US soldiers in front of cameras, asking for stuff... or just killing them. In a ridiculously perverse way, the Taliban assisted our retreat, least we have Trump to thank for that. And come the 2024 election, almost no American is going to care about it. In fact, the only people that bring it up these days are the people that wanted us out anyway. He was widely supported by nearly everyone (left and right), for finally pulling the trigger on getting the US out of Afghanistan, no doubt about that. But that's about it. He was widely panned for the logistics (or the lack of planning thereof) and speed of the withdrawl by nearly everyone (left and right). Even the mainstream lefty media finally stopped going soft on him at this point. Lots of military equipment and personnel left behind. Almost no personnel left behind. The equipment, the good stuff, rendered useless. The collapse of Afghanistan wasn't a surprise, but even the most pessimistic people thought it was going to be a matter of months, not minutes. The Taliban are parading around in US Army fatigues for Gawd's sake! You really upset about that verses them parading US Army soldiers in their fatigues and killing them? It would have been nice if he did the withdrawl in accordance with this guy's more sensible plan: The Afghan military collapsed sooner than anyone else thought. Biden moving forward with it, wasn't a surprise and Americans should have been getting out before hand. In the end, the evacuation was a mess much more for the Afghans than the Americans. And we still managed to get a bunch of Afghans out. As far as withdrawals from failed occupations go, it wasn't anywhere as bad as it could have been. #### Elixir ##### Made in America I think the Beave has a point. The withdrawal doesn’t crack the top 7 because it has been widely regarded as a debacle. Explaining why someone else is responsible for a debacle doesn’t often belong in a list of proud achievements. #### Trausti ##### LGBASDF3+/- Gas is$5.00 a gallon, inflation is 7% and rising but the important thing is that transgenders can serve in the military.

Doing one helluva job.

I can't think why people aren't talking about this amazing list more, it's fucking hilarious !! Did Corbett put this list together?

Lets Go Brandon !!!

I wonder if his poll numbers can drop to the 20s? This Weekend at Bernie’s re-boot is a hoot.

#### Trausti

##### LGBASDF3+/-
Yes. Lets Go Brandon.

First look: Biden inaugural to blanket airwaves today

The video is narrated by Tom Hanks,

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Gas is $5.00 a gallon, inflation is 7% and rising but the important thing is that transgenders can serve in the military. Doing one helluva job. I can't think why people aren't talking about this amazing list more, it's fucking hilarious !! Did Corbett put this list together? Lets Go Brandon !!! I wonder if his poll numbers can drop to the 20s? This Weekend at Bernie’s re-boot is a hoot. Biden's numbers are ten points higher than Trump's at this same time in his administration. #### Loren Pechtel ##### Super Moderator Staff member Gas is$5.00 a gallon, inflation is 7% and rising but the important thing is that transgenders can serve in the military.

Doing one helluva job.

I can't think why people aren't talking about this amazing list more, it's fucking hilarious !! Did Corbett put this list together?

Lets Go Brandon !!!

Gas? I'm paying about what I paid two years ago. Why should I have a problem with it?

I'm not a Republican that has no memory beyond Faux Noise.

#### Trausti

##### LGBASDF3+/-
Gas is \$5.00 a gallon, inflation is 7% and rising but the important thing is that transgenders can serve in the military.

Doing one helluva job.

I can't think why people aren't talking about this amazing list more, it's fucking hilarious !! Did Corbett put this list together?

Lets Go Brandon !!!

I wonder if his poll numbers can drop to the 20s? This Weekend at Bernie’s re-boot is a hoot.
Biden's numbers are ten points higher than Trump's at this same time in his administration.

Eh.

Quinnipiac poll shows Biden with 33 percent approval rating

##### Loony Running The Asylum
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HIGHLIGHTS
• President Biden's overall approval average at this point in his term is 49.2%, 8.7 percentage points higher than President Trump's average of 40.5% at this point in his term.
• Congress' overall approval average under President Biden is 23.2%, 6.9 percentage points higher than its average of 16.3% at this point in President Trump's term.
• Since President Biden took office, an average of 36% of Americans have felt the country is going in the right direction, 2 percentage points higher than the average of 34% who felt that way at this point in President Trump's term.

## Presidential job approval​

HIGHLIGHTS
• President Biden's approval rating for the 51st week of his term was 42.6%, down 0.4 percentage points from the week before. President Trump's approval rating at the same point in his term was 39.8%, about the same as the week before.
• President Biden's termwide approval rating average is 49.2%, with weekly averages ranging from 42% to 54.4%.
• At this point in President Trump's term, his termwide approval rating average was 40.5%, with weekly averages ranging from 37.3% to 45.9%

##### Loony Running The Asylum
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The U.S. economy just set the record for the most jobs created in one year, but you’d never know it from the continuing doomsday economic coverage under President Joe Biden.

The new jobs report, released Friday, offered the latest evidence of the purposeful disconnect the media maintain, and specifically how journalists rely on consistently unreliable “expectations” for job report numbers in order to portray the results as “disappointing,” and to paint a picture of a faltering U.S. economy even as it shatters growth records.

The U.S. economy just posted 199,000 new jobs in December, during a pandemic surge. That sounds like a good thing, right? Especially considering that in December 2020, under Trump and during another wintertime pandemic surge, the U.S. lost 140,000 jobs. Instead, the press was uniformly pessimistic about Friday’s news.

It was a “major disappointment,” CNN announced, despite the fact employee wages hit record heights and the unemployment rate tumbled to 3.9 percent. (Last winter, the CBO predicted it would take five years for the U.S. to reach an unemployment rate that low.) NPR stressed the US added “only” 199,000 jobs. Hiring had “faltered” the New York Times reported. All because the key number failed to meet estimates.
“During one of the most volatile periods in recent memory, private and public-sector economists have a less firm grasp of what the labor market is doing,” the Wall Street Journal recently conceded. During 2021, economists cumulatively missed the jobs mark by well over 1 million jobs. And that’s in a year when the U.S. created more than 6 million jobs, the most since records began in 1939.

The expectations model often produces dubious journalism. When last November’s job report was released, NPR quickly announced it was a “bust” because just 210,000 jobs had been created. But back in January of 2020, NPR cheered that the U.S. economy was “revved up” because 225,000 positions had been added.
Why the drastically different NPR spin for the Biden and Trump years? Expectations. Trump’s 225,000 job gains surpassed that month’s modest expectations, while Biden’s 210,000 fell short of estimates.

Another key hurdle is that the government has shown for the last year that it chronically undercounts, by large margins, the job gains data that are released to the public, and when it goes back and quietly post revisions they’re mostly ignored by the media.

August was a perfect example. That month’s initial jobs report claimed 235,000 jobs were added, which prompted lots of “disappointing” news coverage based on the established expectations. That total was soon revised all the way up to 483,000 new jobs, a development that received little press attention. Look at last September. The initial report announced 194,000 jobs. (“Lackluster,” announced NBC News.) After two revisions, the job total nearly doubled to 379,000.
There’s also the lingering suspicion that the press simply likes to tell bad economic news — and hide upbeat newsflashes — during the Biden years. Just look at this pretzel-logic headline from the Washington Post yesterday, “2021 Shattered Job Market Records, But It’s Not as Good as it Looks.”

When last summer’s blockbuster July jobs report showed a jaw-dropping gain of nearly one million jobs, “NBC Nightly News” completely ignored the development. NBC did the same thing for the October survey, which announced a robust 531,000 jobs. It certainly feels like there’s a preferred media narrative in play.

The current approach for how the press handles monthly jobs reports isn’t functioning as it should. So why do journalists stick to the broken model?
Economy soars while press plays jobs “expectations” game

#### Gospel

##### Warning Level 9999
Biden also broke the record of slips while boarding Air Force One.

#### Harry Bosch

##### Contributor
I think the Beave has a point.
The withdrawal doesn’t crack the top 7 because it has been widely regarded as a debacle. Explaining why someone else is responsible for a debacle doesn’t often belong in a list of proud achievements.
But this is why we shouldn't be the world's policeman. We're not good at it. We tried in Afghanistan for 20 years. Poured trillions into their country (much of it wasted). It's a no-win situation. We should only send in the troops if we have no other choice. And we shouldn't attempt to occupy and rebuild unless we have committed allies in the region who represent the majority, share some of our values hopefully, and are willing to fight for their freedom. Otherwise, we should pull out rapidly.

#### Elixir

I think the Beave has a point.
The withdrawal doesn’t crack the top 7 because it has been widely regarded as a debacle. Explaining why someone else is responsible for a debacle doesn’t often belong in a list of proud achievements.
But this is why we shouldn't be the world's policeman. We're not good at it. We tried in Afghanistan for 20 years. Poured trillions into their country (much of it wasted). It's a no-win situation. We should only send in the troops if we have no other choice. And we shouldn't attempt to occupy and rebuild unless we have committed allies in the region who represent the majority, share some of our values hopefully, and are willing to fight for their freedom. Otherwise, we should pull out rapidly.
Agreed.
It had to be done, and there was no good way for Biden thanks to the way Trump set him up. Still doesn’t belong on a list intended for the moronic public, even though imho it took some balls to do it, knowing he’d been set up.

#### southernhybrid

##### Contributor
I really liked Eugene Robinsons piece today, so I'll gift it for the rest of you.

https://wapo.st/33VJ6xl

Biden admitted that he made some mistakes, unlike the previous president. And, his biggest mistake is that he was acting more like a senator than a president. Eugene says that Biden needs to start acting like the boss. He then goes on to mention Biden's accomplishments, which there are many, although too many people have been too unrealistic, stupid, or are only receiving their news from dubious far right places.

I happen to believe that Biden had a successful and hugely consequential Year One. His biggest accomplishment, in my view, came in the battle against the covid-19 pandemic. When Biden took office, a small fraction of the country was vaccinated against the coronavirus. Today, more than 200 million Americans are “fully vaccinated” and more than 80 million have also had booster shots. Basically, everyone who is eligible — and who has not been brainwashed by anti-vaccine conspiracy theories — now has lifesaving protection against covid-19.

This monumental logistical achievement has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens. If the first duty of any president is to protect the American people, Biden has done his job.

People who have criticized Biden's management of COVID are ignorant of the things he had done. He made the vaccine available to just about everyone in the country. But, Biden can't be held responsible for all the people that believed conspiracy theories, or misinformation and then refused to take a potentially life saving vaccine. Since the jerks on SCOTUS have refused to allow Biden's vaccine mandate, it will continue to be difficult to contain this virus, as it's capable of rapidly mutating.

Quite frankly, I am amazed at all Biden has accomplished so far, considering what he was handed, the divisiveness in the US, and how the sheep like Republicans in Congress are determined to obstruct most of what he tries to accomplish, as well as the two Democrats who don't agree with him. I doubt that anyone could have done a better job and I'm sick of the criticism, especially when it comes from the Democratic Party. But, as I've said before, the Republicans are sheep and the Democrats eat their own. I'm sure the Republicans are joyful every time someone on the left or left of center starts whining about how little Biden has done for them. Don't these people realize they are aiding the Republicans! But, I digress.

As for legislation, Biden can split his Build Back Better package into smaller, focused bills, as he suggested Wednesday. He can dare Republicans to vote against lowering the price of insulin, or making child care and elder care more accessible, or guaranteeing universal pre-kindergarten. And on voting rights, Biden might be able to pick off enough Senate Republicans to fix the Electoral Count Act — and perhaps even to pass a version of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

As one who cared for people who suffered from dementia for the last 18 years of my career, I assure you that I've never seen any symptoms of dementia in Biden. Sure, he gaffes and sometimes rambles and might even lose his train of thought at times. Those aren't signs of dementia. I'm watching him speak right now. I wish everyone his age was as sharp. Let me rephrase that. I wish everyone was that sharp.