During a press conference on Thursday, Joe Biden lowered his voice to a whisper several times to take credit for the massive spending in the Covid Relief Package, and infrastructure bill.
Biden’s bizarre whispers caused a sensation on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, the White House struck the $953 billion infrastructure deal with a bipartisan group of senators after weeks of negotiations. Biden however told reporters that he will not be signing the bill unless a separate Democrat wish list is attached.
“If this is the only one that comes to me, I’m not signing it,” Biden said at the White House. “It’s in tandem.”
“I’m not just signing the bipartisan bill and forgetting about the rest that I proposed,” Biden said, noting the human infrastructure part is “equally important” to the physical infrastructure proposals.
During the Q&A after his remarks, a question about Covid Relief package prompted Biden to lean into the microphone and weirdly whisper: “I got them $1.9 trillion in relief so far.” Raising his voice slightly, he added, “they are going to be getting checks in the mail that are consequential this week for child care.”
According to the Heritage Foundation, only 9 percent (or less) of the stimulus is being spent on actual public health measures. Instead, “it is a wish list of the left’s pet projects that has very little to do with reducing the spread of the virus,” Heritage reported.
While rambling on about how tough the negotiations were on the infrastructure bill, Biden said he didn’t “dismiss” something Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) had apparently said regarding “the environment.”
“I don’t dismiss it at all,” Biden said, again lowering his voice. “I wrote the bill … on the environment,” he whispered. Returning to his regular voice, he added, “Why would I not be for it?”
Later on, Biden mocked reporters who had previously asked about employers having trouble finding workers. There has been a shortage of workers in recent months as it’s become more profitable for many people to stay home and get Covid relief checks, than work for a living.
“Remember when you were asking me, and I’m not being critical, believe me, ‘Guess what, employers can’t find workers?” Biden said.
“Leaning into the mic, he once again lowered his voice to a stage whisper. “Guess what? Pay them more,” he whispered dramatically.
“This is an employee’s bargaining chip now,” Biden said, going on to suggest that employers will now need to “compete” with the government’s Covid relief handouts in order to keep workers.
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“What’s happening is they’re going to have to compete and start playing(sic) hard working people a decent wage,” Biden said, going on to predict that the inflation the nation is currently experiencing will be just a temporary problem.
“And by the way, talk of inflation, number one consensus is it’s going to pop up a little bit and then go back down,” he said.
There may be a consensus among his advisors to that effect, but other financial experts are waving red flags, and warning that inflation may become even stronger than expected in coming months.
“Inflation may surprise still further to the upside as the reopening process continues, beyond the level necessary to simply make up for past misses to the low side,” said St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard said on Thursday.
Federal Reserve, economist Nouriel Roubini said on Wednesday that spiking prices will persist and could lead to a crash.
“I’m on the side of those who believe that the rise in inflation is not going to be temporary, is going to be more persistent,” Roubini told Yahoo Finance Live on Wednesday. “We have a massive monetary and fiscal stimulus, much bigger and more protracted than we had after the global financial crisis.”
Biden however said that “if it turns out that what I’ve done so far—what we’ve done so far—is a mistake, it’s going to show.”