President Biden has a short and narrow path to success in his first six to nine months, top advisers told Axios. Its success or failure will determine whether it can hold off both Republican critics and activist Democrats who want it to get bigger and faster.
The panorama: Biden has to get the vaccines and the stimulus bill in motion, so the economy begins to falter, advisers said. That’s why he charged his White House with loyal veterans focused almost exclusively on these two issues.
- Success would put it in a maximalist position with the public and Congress. Behind the scenes, top advisers worry that even with maximalist power, the reality of what lies ahead leaves little room for celebration.
Cedric Richmond, The White House senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Engagement told “Axios on HBO” that the White House feels “an extreme sense of urgency.”
- “We are not passing the buck” Richmond said. “It all falls on our doorstep. But President Biden ran for president knowing those things, and he will address them.”
- “It will be difficult – very hard. But we are going to give it our full attention, all of our strength, and we will do everything possible. “
Richmond said The White House will continue to make proposals to Republicans, but made it clear that Biden is prepared to push his $ 1.9 trillion bailout plan with just a pair or even zero Republican votes.
- “I can say you on the American Rescue Plan, “Richmond said,” if our choice is to wait and be bipartisan with an insufficient package, we will not. “
Whats Next: There is not much joy in store for this presidency. Even in the best of cases, the virus gives way; The economy roars – look at the known unknowns facing Biden, which could suddenly consume his presidency:
- Another pandemic.
- A rising China.
- A cyber attack like the one we just saw made by the Russians.
- More countries get nuclear weapons.
Dig Deeper: Richmond sees first-term progress on repairs.