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Biden’s First Year

Airs Friday, January 21, 2022 at 8PM on PBS (check local listings)

This week marked one year since President Biden took office and Washington Week will take a deep look at the challenges he’s faced and the road ahead. 

On Wednesday, President Biden addressed the nation before taking questions from reporters at what became the longest presidential press conference in history. 

During the event, Biden touted his successes on infrastructure and his administration’s handling of the Covid pandemic, and blamed Republicans and Democrats in Congress for inaction on voting rights and his Build Back Better social policy plans. And in a nod to his worsening poll numbers and the looming November midterm elections, Biden pledged to do a better job selling his achievements and goals in 2022.

Yet, there was also significant fallout over President Biden’s comments that seemed to suggest he would accept a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine. On Thursday, the president, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken all tried to clarify Biden’s comments. Vivian Salama, national security reporter at The Wall Street Journal joins us live from Ukraine for an update on this developing story.

Washington Week Moderator Yamiche Alcindor will discuss this and more with: 


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