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Prepared for the battle against Trump: Biden's annual speech will deviate from the accepted formula Israel today

2023-02-07T20:14:42.502Z

The 46th president will deliver the "State of the Nation Address" in front of both houses of Congress and the judges of the Supreme Court early in the morning • but instead of using the occasion only to lay out his doctrine and plans, he will try to give Americans a sense of optimism just before he is expected to launch a new campaign for the presidency •



President Biden is expected to deliver the "State of the Nation Address" as required by the American Constitution at 4 am Israel time (Wednesday), in front of the lawmakers of both houses of Congress, and the judges of the Supreme Court. 

However, unlike his predecessors, among other things in light of the rising inflation and the fear of continued tensions with China and Russia, the 46th president will try to deviate from the accepted formula.

At the same time as presenting concrete moves he wishes to promote, he will try to focus the speech on outlining an optimistic vision of America, with a clear nod to the fact that he is expected - despite his advanced age - to announce a run for another term in the coming weeks. 

Biden is still near the bottom of his presidency in public opinion polls (only 41% of Americans are satisfied with his performance) and most Americans believe that America is not moving in the right direction. 

Officials in the administration told the AP network that he intends to provide an answer to this gloomy feeling, and at the same time prevent a situation that would be perceived as disconnected from the people.

Brian Dees, who heads the National Economic Council at the White House, said the president would "speak to Americans in the areas they are facing" and "recognize that the economic anxieties are real."

According to him, "the general message of the speech will be: we must do more, but people should feel optimistic"

The head of communications at the White House, Kate Bedingfield, said that "the president intends to focus on achieving results for Americans and we intend to continue to show these results." 

The White House said that the president will call on Congress - which is now divided between the two parties and is practically paralyzed in many areas - to continue with steps designed to make it easier for the citizen in the field of health insurance and to maintain the change in the tax laws designed to help fight inflation and the climate crisis. 

Former President Donald Trump, Photo: AP/Alex Brandon, File

Historian Luke Nichter told the AP that America's situation can be compared to what happened in the 1960s, when the world and the US found themselves in turbulent waters. Biden will have an opportunity to instill a "calming presence." 

As you may remember, in the last few months there have been questions about whether Biden will run for a second term, after reaching the age of 80 and thus breaking the record of sitting presidents.

Even in polls conducted in his party, a majority of the voters identified with his camp stated that they prefer him to give up a renewed run.

The leader of the party in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, has also refused to say publicly that he is interested in him running again. 

Recently, senior officials in Biden's hive of advisers met with important elements in the Democratic Party's power structure to outline a plan for the campaign, and according to one of those present who spoke to NBC, "it felt like a strategic meeting for the launch of a campaign."

According to one Democratic source who spoke to The Hill, Biden sees his cooperation with the Republican leadership in Congress as a key part of the message he will run on - a unifying president. 

Last November, Biden was asked if he intended to run for a second term.

Biden repeated that "my intention is to run" but at the same time revealed that he intends to decide on this "sometime early next year (2023) when Jill and I take some time off".

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump has already announced his entry into the race, and is currently leading the Republican primaries. 

Officially, if he does launch a campaign, Biden will also have to compete in the Democratic primaries, but usually the primaries in which there is a sitting president are held only for protocol and without serious candidates.

However, in light of the recent affair of the discovery of classified documents in Biden's office and home, doubts have arisen in the Democratic Party that perhaps the internal race will turn into a real battle with realistic candidates. 

If Biden decides not to run for a second term, he will be the first president since Lyndon Johnson to proactively settle for one term. 

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Source: israelhayom

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