Just what has Biden accomplished anyway?

Polling suggests Americans increasingly see the Biden administration as a do-nothing dud. Are they right?

Ketanji Brown Jackson surrounded by a word cloud of Biden's accomplishments.
Biden touts the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and the passage of landmark gun legislation among his accomplishments
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"Politics," it's often been said, "is the art of the possible." It is, to crib another famous phrase, a constant tension between campaigning in poetry, while governing in prose — and perhaps nowhere more so than in the White House, where a president's every action (and inaction) is scrutinized for signs of deeper significance and political import.

For President Biden, the dissonance between promise and accomplishment has long seemed particularly stark; an early 2023 Washington Post-ABC poll indicated that a significant majority of the country — more than 60% — saw his time in office as having accomplished little to nothing. More recently, a Wall Street Journal poll released last month showed former President Donald Trump with a 12-point lead over Biden among respondents who agreed he had a “strong record of accomplishments.”

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