Biden’s Cabbage Patch offensive

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In the final weeks of the 2021 holiday shopping season, President Biden has mounted a cabbage patch offensive – trying to ease Americans’ worry about pandemic shortages and price spikes by recalling past runs on toys.

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Running news: “Every year there are items that get sold out that are hard to find,” he said on Wednesday in the White House.

  • The president said, “Some of you parents may remember Cabbage Patch Kids in the ’80s or Beanie Babies in the ’90s, or other toys that have perished at Christmas time in previous years, when the supply chain Wasn’t a problem.” ,

why it matters: Biden is testing more frank and aggressive language to defend his administration’s economic and coronavirus policies as it gets defeated in election and urged by congressional Democrats to do more to change the narrative.

  • The price and availability of everything from food to toys, appliances, cars and homes has been affected.
  • Biden highlighted his efforts to lower gas prices and reduce inflation in places like the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada as “a natural byproduct of a world economy shut down by the pandemic.” As the virus is contained and normalcy returns, he predicted, “more price pressures will ease.”
  • He also said that engagement with CEOs, labor executives and ports is making a difference: “We’re heading into the holiday season in very strong shape. And it’s not because of luck. We averted a potential crisis by finding that out.” Diagnosed what needed to be fixed and then we brought people together to do the hard work of fixing it.”
  • His holiday gift references were the most kitchen-table of arguments.

Between the lines: He was briefly seen in a Q&A at the end of the event, asking Biden a question about whether Donald Trump had put him at risk for COVID-19. But these were not redundant lines.

  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday during his daily media briefing That “as much as we see encouraging economic data, data doesn’t transfer to people; I can tell you as a communicator.”
  • What motivates people is “their experiences in their daily lives,” she said. “So, he’s going to talk about how his plans will lower their costs, make their lives better and, hopefully, it will give people a bridge to what he’s trying to achieve here.”

One big question: How many Americans under the age of 50 who hear the Cabbage Patch reference will make sense of it? adrenaline and panic Who marked holiday shopping in 1983?

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