Joseph and The Coat of Many Expectations

President Joe Biden would like some credit, please and thank you, but finds that expectations are an unforgiving lender.

Andrew Donaldson


President Joe Biden boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, January 5, 2024, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.(Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe)

In covering the latest round of Biden Administration student loan forgiveness plans hand crafted to make a good headline while navigating around the Supreme Court, Zolan Kanno-Youngs expressed a recurring theme of frustration by President Biden and his supporters

New York Times:

The struggle illustrates a broader challenge facing the White House, according to interviews with Democratic officials, loan relief advocates and voters. In many ways, Mr. Biden has become a victim of the high expectations set by his initial sprawling proposals, leaving many voters disappointed over what he has failed to pass even as he has notched substantial policy wins on a number of fronts.

The president made the most ambitious investment to combat climate change in history, but polls have found that most Americans are unaware of his signature climate law. Despite a major stimulus bill and large investments in infrastructure and health, voters believe he has not accomplished much. And even many voters who supported Mr. Biden in 2020 are not impressed with the economy, despite falling inflation falls and unemployment near historic lows.

But Mr. Biden’s aides believe the student debt cancellation can be a way to quickly improve the lives of some Americans and help turn the tide on his low approval numbers.

Spoiler alert: the student loan debt forgiveness schemes, in all their variation, will not be a quick fix to President Biden’s poll numbers for the same reason most of the other policies, initiatives, executive orders, and proposed programs have those poll numbers right where there are.

“Oh expectation,” wrote Mary Shelley in one of her non-Frankenstein works, “what a frightful thing art thou, when kindled more by fear than hope!”

Expectations of Joe Biden is a case study in filters. First elected to the US Senate in 1972, Joe Biden has as much book on who he is, what he is, and how he goes about it as anyone in modern political history. Decades of public service, thousands of votes in the US Senate…



Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Veteran. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag on culture & politics, food writing @yonderandhome, Host @heardtellshow & other media