Before an audience of Pennsylvania union workers, President Joe Biden delivered some fired-up remarks on the economy and inflation, blaming Republicans in congress for the rising prices of food and gas.
Biden received several standing ovations and appeared fired up, to the point of shouting many times, and delivering plenty of what ABC News calls classic “Bidenisms,” Biden spoke about the current economic climate to a convention of the AFL-CIO federation of labor unions:
“Jobs are back, but prices are still too high. COVID is down, but gas prices are up. Our work isn’t done.”
Biden acknowledged that many Americans are struggling, but put the blame on Republicans in congress who are blocking his agenda:
“Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to stop my plans to bring down costs on ordinary families. That’s why my plan is not finished and why the results aren’t finished either.”
“You’re a gigantic reason why I’m standing here,” Biden told the cheering audience. “Standing here today as your president. I really mean it.”
ABC continues to report:
“While Biden focused his message on the economy, he did not address inflation until well into his speech, and when he did, he reiterated how his personal experience with inflation gave him an understanding of what families are facing.
The president pointed to his efforts to bring down prices at the pump in particular by tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to get more oil to market, but noted the entire world is facing high inflation, and that in the United States, “It’s sapping the strength of a lot of families.”
Biden also went into more detail than usual about the food crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine, saying, part of his plan to help bring down food costs included the U.S. working to get Ukrainian grain out of the country and to the global markets.”
“We’re going to build silos, temporary silos in the borders of Ukraine, including in Poland, so we can transfer it from those cars into those silos into cars in Europe and get it out to the ocean and get it across the world…it’s taking time.”