Posted 10 days ago
Battered and bruised by 24 hours of rising inflation numbers, a Supreme Court block on vaccine mandates for private companies and all-but-certain defeat for a voting rights push, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reached for a favorite tool: Snark.
'We could certainly propose legislation to see if people support bunny rabbits and ice cream but that wouldn't be very rewarding to the American people,' she said, when asked whether it was time for a reset.
'So the president's view is we're going to keep pushing for hard things.
'And we're going to keep pushing the boulder up the hill to get it done.'
Psaki arrived at the briefing room podium on one of the administration's worst days so far.
Minutes earlier, the Supreme Court halted one of its key measures to tackle the pandemic, throwing out President Joe Biden's plans to impose vaccines on staff at companies with more than 100 workers.
At the same time, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema rejected Biden's plea to jettison the Senate's filibuster rule - effectively sinking his hopes of passing voting rights legislation.
That was even after Biden travelled to Capitol Hill, deploying his own time and political capital to try to persuade Democratic senators to help him out.
Meanwhile Russian forces remain camped out on the border with Ukraine, despite U. S. threats of sanctions.
A day earlier, the Labor Department said the consumer price index hit seven percent at the end of last year - its highest mark in almost 40 years.
And Biden's massive Build Back Better spending plans remain stalled because of opposition within his own party.
Against that backdrop, Biden's press secretary was asked repeatedly what had gone wrong.
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