Brandon by the numbers

Posted: January 18, 2022 by chrisharper in Uncategorized

By Christopher Harper

After a year in office, Brandon has some embarrassing numbers.

14. That’s the percentage of voters who have changed from Democrat to Republican, according to a Gallup poll. When Brandon took over last January, 49% of those polled supported Democrats to 40% who supported the GOP. A year later, 47% supported Republicans, while 42% favored Democrats. Such a huge swing hasn’t occurred since 1991.

7. That’s the massive percentage increase in inflation, a 40-year high. Gasoline and groceries cost more, and most economists said higher prices were a sign that Brandon’s relief package was too large.

13. That’s the number of American troops who died in a bombing at Kabul’s airport during the U.S. evacuation of more than 100,000 people from Afghanistan. At least 169 Afghans were killed, with the evacuations leaving behind scores of Americans.

1.78 million. That’s the number of border crossings in the Southwest. Illegal immigrants began streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border once Brandon became president. That’s four times the number under Donald Trump.

9. Brandon has been remarkably press-shy. He has held nine news conferences (six solo and three joint) and 22 media interviews during his first year. That’s fewer news conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors at the same point in their presidencies and fewer media interviews than any of his recent predecessors.

32. “Not a joke” is one of Brandon’s favorite speech lines. Among the things he said were “not a joke”: Civil rights icons, labor unions that built the middle class, air pollution from Delaware chemical plants, climate change as a national security risk, and California voters.

78. That’s Brandon’s age upon becoming president, making him the oldest ever.

2024. Hopefully, the year Democrat control of the White House ends.

Kinda H/T to the Associated Press

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