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Biden acknowledges setbacks to domestic agenda in rare press conference

January 19, 2022

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Summary

President Joe Biden fielded questions from reporters Wednesday on everything from soaring inflation, to the stalemate on voting rights legislation and Americans’ anxiety over omicron. It was his first formal press conference in 10 months. Geoff Bennett joins Judy Woodruff to discuss where the president’s agenda stands and what remains to be accomplished.

Five Facts

  • What was the reason President Biden held a press conference on Wednesday?
  • How long has Biden been president, as of this week?
  • What were some of the questions asked of Biden?
  • How did Biden defend the actions of his administration over its first year?
  • Why does Biden say his administration has made “enormous progress” over its first year? What challenges did he say he did not expect?

Focus Questions

What do you think have been the greatest challenges the U.S. has faced in the past year? What different approach do you think U.S. or state governments could take to these challenges?

Media literacy: Do you think the way the producers framed President Biden’s press conference was fair and accurate?

For More

For more on the state of the legislation the Biden administration is trying to pass through Congress, see this story.

 

The U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington, U.S., November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

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