Biden needs some braggadocio

A little boasting could go a long way to take back the national narrative

President Biden.
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If you read the right-wing media these days, you're probably convinced that the U.S. economy is in free fall. Out of control inflation! Gas lines from the 1970s! Weak jobs numbers! Republicans are rolling out their timeless playbook: trashing the country on the way out, demanding austerity from Democrats trying to clean up the mess, and then blaming spending for everything. Meanwhile, the Biden White House's communications team is operating with all the urgency of a retirement community Bingo tournament director. The president and his advisers need to learn the art of self-promotion from the Trump administration, and take control of this narrative before it sets in.

If there's one thing you have to give Trump some begrudging credit for, it's the relentless trumpeting (sorry) of his administration's accomplishments, real or imagined. Hardly a day passed prior to the pandemic without the former president grabbing his Twitter megaphone and bragging about the economy, or the stock market, or jobs numbers, or his incredible reworking of NAFTA, or his groundbreaking diplomacy with Little Rocket Man. Every time the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new high during his administration, Trump was there to make sure we knew about it and to take credit for it.

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David Faris

David Faris is an associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University and the author of It's Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. He is a frequent contributor to Informed Comment, and his work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Indy Week.