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Biden defends his first year of presidency in just the second press conference during his tenure

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U.S. President Joe Biden came out all guns firing in Wednesday’s press conference as he bragged that he has ‘outperformed’ expectations during his first year in office whilst simultaneously attacking Republicans for working against him.

The press conference was Biden’s first in 78 days and was held one day before his first anniversary as President. In a wide-ranging speech that lasted for nearly two hours, Biden not only sought to silence his detractors but also addressed the COVID-19 pandemic, soaring inflation, the doomed voting rights bill, the 5G rollout fiasco, and the tense situation in Ukraine.

Per Daily Mail, Biden announced, “It’s been a year of challenges, but also it’s been a year of enormous progress. Do you think any other President has done as much in one year? I don’t think there has been much on any incoming President’s plate that has been a bigger menu than the plate I have. I’m not complaining. I knew that. And the face of the matter is, we got an awful lot done. An awful lot done. Look, I didn’t over-promise. But I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen.”

In addition to celebrating his tenure to date as the President of the United States, Biden blamed the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions taken by the Federal Reserve for the record-high inflation that America is currently experiencing. He also attacked the Republicans for stalling legislation on Capitol Hill and accused GOP lawmakers of being unsupportive. In a particularly bitter tirade, he said, “I did not anticipate that there would be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn’t get anything done. Think about this. What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”

Turning his attention to what would happen if Vladimir Putin opted to invade Ukraine, Biden said, “Russia will be held accountable if it invades. It depends on what it does. I think Putin still does not want a full-blown war.” As the speech drew to an end, Biden said triumphantly to the 24 reporters in attendance at The White House: “I’m still standing!”

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