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Joe Biden’s 5 Biggest Mistakes as President

Now that Joe Biden has officially announced that he is, in fact, running for reelection, it’s time for us to look back at the last three years of his presidency.

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention hosted by the AFL-CIO at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. Image Credit: Gage Skidmore.
Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention hosted by the AFL-CIO at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa.

Now that President Joe Biden has officially announced that he is, in fact, running for reelection, it’s time for us to look back at the last three years of his presidency and ask ourselves: is Biden really worthy of getting another term in office? 

Obviously, I am biased. I think he’s the worst president in my lifetime. As my colleague Gregory Copley loves to joke, Biden’s entire purpose as president is to make Jimmy Carter look good. 

While I realize we’ve reduced our national politics to a series of pathetic and meaningless personality contests—Joe Biden says he should be president again because he’s not Donald Trump and Trump says the same thing about Biden—Joe Biden really does have a record. 

That record is not so great when you look at it. 

His supporters (who really are more opponents of Trump and the Republicans than they are believers in Biden’s agenda—whatever that is) will say that I’m being unfair. 

As president, Biden took over a country eviscerated by the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China, and was sworn into office during a literal insurrection. Not since Abraham Lincoln has a president faced such problems. 

Since I’m in a fair mood today, I’ll acknowledge that Biden did take over during a particularly tumultuous moment in modern American history. 

(I was so open to a Biden presidency that I even did a one-time consultation with the Biden team on space policy at the start of his presidency only to discover, much to my horror, that they were planning to go after SpaceX).

Yet, every president goes through tough moments. Not just the big names we remember, like Abraham Lincoln or Franklin D. Roosevelt. So, too, did the lesser remembered presidents, like James Polk or Warren G. Harding

Such is the nature of the office. Normally presidents don’t sit around crying about the tough hand they’ve been dealt. They just absorb the crises and try to resolve them. 

Biden seems incapable of resolving much of anything. And when he’s not failing to find solutions to problems he inherited from his much-maligned predecessor, President Biden is making new problems for himself.

Without further ado, I present my top five Biden failures as we enter what I am sure will be a painful reelection campaign in 2024…

Joe Biden: Failing to Secure Our Border

Since taking office under a cloud of controversy in January 2021, President Biden has both failed to secure our border and his policies have made the situation along America’s southwestern border worse than when he took power.

When Biden became president, his predecessor had staunched the flow of illegal immigrants across the southwestern border significantly. 

In 2019, it was winnowed down by former Republican President Donald J. Trump to 1 million crossings and in 2020 that number halved to around 500,000.

Under Biden, illegal migration into the United States has exploded. In 2022, nearly 2.4 million illegal border crossers were arrested along the US-Mexican border. 

Most experts predict that 2023 will significantly outpace 2022’s staggering numbers. Immigration can make or break a nation-state, such as the United States. Too little and the economy might not grow; innovation might stagnate. Too much and the system, such as ours is today, might be swamped by criminality, disease, and abuse of America’s generous welfare state. 

Democrats have made the misanthropic political assessment that unfettered migration—both illegal and legal—into the United States will permanently alter the demography of the country which, in the long term, will favor the Democratic Party’s quest for political dominance in America. 

Thus far, they’ve been proven correct. Do not expect these numbers to abate in any way so long as Biden and his party remain in charge.

Making America Dependent on Foreign Energy Again

When he left office, Donald Trump had imparted a great gift to the United States: he had presided over the expansion of America’s domestic energy boom. The investment into North American fossil fuel industry, as well as the reduction of environmental regulations on that industry, made the United States (for the first time in decades) a net exporter of fossil fuels. 

This, more than anything we could have ever done to support Ukraine against Russa or oppose China’s rise or contain Iran, gave us decisive strategic advantages over our global rivals. 

Biden’s actions as president as they relate to energy has been to make America more dependent on foreign sources of fossil fuels. Not since the early 2000s has the outcome of events in far away, dusty foreign lands mattered so much to the pocketbooks of ordinary Americans. 

More fossil fuel production at home under Trump meant that Americans were shielded from the excesses of foreign energy instability. It meant that Washington had greater leverage over its rivals, too. This outcome also led to cheaper energy prices for Americans which meant they could spend that money elsewhere.

That all changed with Biden.

In fact, one of the initial actions that Joe Biden took as president was to issue a spate of executive orders restoring the Obama era environmental regulations upon North America’s fossil fuel industry and refusing to build new pipelines linking American and Canadian energy sources together (such as the KeystoneXL Pipeline). He also infamously refused to support the creation of key pipeline in Michigan. 

By taking these domestic sources of fossil fuel off the global market at a time when the world was going through a general contraction of fossil fuel sources (largely as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns), Biden made Americans more susceptible to the volatile spikes in price that define the global energy market. 

That’s why the national average for fuel has been so much higher than it was during the Trump years. 

Inflation Run Amuck

Since taking office, the national inflation rate has been at historic highs. Not since 1980, has the inflation rate been this high. Inflation, as Milton Friedman used to say, was a hidden tax on the American Middle-Class. That has certainly been the result of the Biden economic policies. President Biden has turned profligate spending into a Zen-like state. 

Regardless of his intentions, whether it be student debt relief or hiking costs on consumers to pay for ill-advised Climate Change policies, the greater the spending, the more money that is printed, and the more money that is printed, the higher our inflation rate is (meaning the greater the drag on America’s overall economy will be).

Biden wants to be Santa Claus to as many voting blocs as possible. It’s a cynical calculation: he can dole out money from the treasury to effectively buy votes. Politicians have done this time immemorial. But Biden has taken it to Weimar Republic-levels—and then some. More than $2 trillion US dollars in circulation today have been printed in the last three years. 

That’s unheard of. 

While Biden’s predecessor certainly printed his fair share of money needlessly and contributed bigly to the national debt, Biden came in and basically poured fuel on that raging inferno with great aplomb. 

To combat the excessive spending and the presence of so many dollars chasing too few goods, the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has opted to hike interest rates. This is a double-whammy for Americans, as things are now completely unaffordable—including basic household goods, such as eggs! 

Any other president would have been kicked the curb with no questions asked. Joe Biden, on the other hand, is inexplicably given a pass. It is his spending policies that are contributing mightily to the spending which, in turn, is causing the inflation (and so many other woes that Middle-Class Americans are being saddled with). 

The economy is struggling the way it is largely because of the inflationary woes we are all being made to endure.

A Crime Surge Like No Other Under Joe Biden

Since 2021, the year that Biden took office, the national crime rate has spiked. According to a 2022 report from the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), “violence in major cities remains dramatically higher than it was before the pandemic.” The report goes on to assess that based on data from 23 metropolitan areas in the United States, the homicide numbers for the first half of 2022 were “39% higher than they were in the same period of 2019.” 

The CCJ report also looked at property crimes, violent crimes, and drug offenses in 29 major metropolitan areas in the country. They determined that, “Aggravated assaults and robberies increased 4% and 19% respectively. Property crimes also increased by 6% while larceny went up 20%, residential burglaries rose by 6% and motor vehicle thefts jumped up by 15%.” 

The bulk of these crime statistics emanate from Democrat-controlled cities. The CCJ, by no means a Right-wing institution, attributes the increase in these crimes to a combined “pullback” from police in these cities (you can also add in George Soros-funded, Left-leaning district attorneys choosing not to prosecute criminals the way they are supposed to) and gun violence. 

Before anyone tries to ascribe the uptick in gun violence to Republican pro-Second Amendment policies, bear in mind that the bulk of these cities that are experiencing the increases in gun violence are Democrat-controlled—and have been for decades. And those politicians are decidedly anti-gun (and implement policies meant to restrict gun possession in their cities).

While many of the decisions that the CCJ believes have led to the increase in crime are at the local and state level, the fact remains that the Biden Administration has a general soft-on-crime approach at the federal level. Given how much money and resources cities and states require to do their law enforcement operations, there is a general incentive imposed by the Biden Administration to implement these soft-on-crime policies that are leading to the spike in criminality everywhere. 

From Kabul to Khartoum, US Foreign Policy is Doomed

The United States has enjoyed its position as the world’s sole remaining Superpower since the end of the Cold War. Most Americans living today have either never lived in or have long forgotten a world in which a rival seriously contested American power. 

Today, an axis of autocrats in Eurasia is arising to challenge American power everywhere. 

Led by China and Russia, this semi-alliance—which includes countries, like Iran and North Korea—wants to push America’s dominion far from Eurasia. In China’s case, they dream of a world not ruled by the American Superpower but by a Chinese Communist Party-led one. 

President Biden has argued that he was the more competent presidential candidate in 2020, largely because of his decades of experience in government. Specifically, Joe Biden made the case that he was most qualified because of his years of foreign policy expertise. 

Yet, from Kabul, Afghanistan to Khartoum, Sudan, all Biden has managed to do as president has been to engage in a series of catastrophic withdrawals that have weakened America’s standing in the world and empowered the very enemies in Beijing, Moscow, Tehran, and Pyongyang, that Biden claims he’s trying to contain. 

The sloppy pull-outs are merely a symptom of a much larger problem: Biden fecklessness at the strategic level. More to the point, few have been able to deign what, precisely, the Biden Administration’s wider strategy is. 

At the same time that Biden has presided over disastrous withdrawals have diminished US power globally, Biden has also encouraged the rise of the most vicious anti-American regimes from Brazil to Afghanistan

Meanwhile, President Biden has overcommitted the United States to what very well may lead to a nuclear world war with Russia in Ukraine while squandering precious—and limited—diplomatic, political, and military capital there at the expense of being able to defend greater American interests in places like the Indo-Pacific and the Greater Middle East.

Clearly, another four years of Joe Biden in the White House will lead to the permanent diminution of US power globally and will, by default, lead to the expansion—and solidification—of Chinese world power that is both anti-democratic and anti-American. As one U.S. Air Force general once said to me, “The United States is about to go from a Superpower with global responsibilities to a regional great power with diminished global reach.” 

The End of America as We Know It?

There is little doubt that Joe Biden’s presidency has damaged the United States on all fronts. Biden routinely tries to pretend as if he’s saving America from the damage that his predecessor had visited upon our great land. 

This is simply untrue. 

Biden is presiding over the willful diminishment of America as a global power. His administration is actively embracing policies that will permanently gut the American middle-class (once the backbone of America’s economic power, which is, in turn, the foundation of US military power).

America under Joe Biden is less prosperous, less stable, and more threatened by domestic crime and international rivals. We truly cannot survive another four years of the Biden Administration. The list above is by no means comprehensive, but it is indicative of a painfully negative trend lines. Most Americans have been conditioned to believe that the forces of history are far more important to the outcome of events that individuals or groups of people. 

Biden is proving the inverse of the “great man theory” of history. Because he is the least competent and one of the weakest American presidents in modern history, Biden is causing so many problems for a United States that still retains all the capabilities it needs to survive and thrive in this dangerous, post-pandemic world. It’s just that President Biden is hindering us. 

The next election, if Americans put someone else in charge with a comprehensive vision of American greatness, could see a drastic—and sudden—reversal of fortunes for the United States.

But time is not on America’s side. Failure to radically change course in terms of leadership will ensure that the 2020s are America’s lost decade. And the worst patterns and proclivities of the Biden years will become permanent features of a declining America rather than a historical blip.

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A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.

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Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who recently became a writer for Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.



  1. jeff

    April 30, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    There was no insurrection. No one was armed and most protestors were peaceful and respectful of the capitol. Much unlike the mostly peaceful riots, arson, and looting of the previous summer. Much like Hitler’s Reichstag fire the capitol kerfuffle was used as a means to achieve power.

  2. Commentar

    April 30, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Biden is the WORST US president ever. He’s a downright scumbag even when compared to someone like jimmy carter.

    Biden has also completely outdone LBJ who misled US into wholesale involvement in vietnam war.

    Biden has so very self-righteously misled europe plus the rest of the world into the bloody bloody ukraine proxy war. A war that biden and his supporters cannot win (just like afghanistan).

    Biden is trying to outdo george bush and bill clinton combined and thus will end up as a total failure.

    It’s most terribly pathetic for US the world’s only ultra mega superpower to be handed the choice of choosing biden as president.

    Biden is a lifelong liar and an untrustworthy leader who accepted millions of dolkars of palm-greasing money from xi jinping the world’s top bribe-giver.

    Really, really pathetic.

  3. K. Hall

    April 30, 2023 at 7:59 pm


  4. pagar

    April 30, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Biden is exactly the kind of man whose left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing and vice versa.

    Likewise, he doesn’t know what his son is up to with regard to his favourite daughter-in-law. He’s like the blind men asked to described what an elephant would look like.

    Biden is strictly a snow job for america and it’s time to kick him out of the white house. The sooner the better.

  5. len

    April 30, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    The five cited mistakes by the Biden administration, some like calling it a regime. Are hard to grasp for an administration that has only had control of the nation for 2.33 years, end of April.

    Personally I am not buying into the cultural Marxist hype that we so often hear. The reality for the administration is far worse than a few Marxists. The Biden administration is being run by a pack of incompetent fools. Starting with the corps in chief, and foundering on down through It’s illustrious ranks. Including both the house and senate.

    Leadership seems to have the alternate Midas touch. Between the investigations, feeding the Military Industrial Complex in its quest for World War III, and increasing the debt ceiling 1.5 trillion including those ‘meaningful cuts’. The mistakes are easy to point out, but good solutions?

    We’re screwed!

  6. Walker

    April 30, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    Calling Biden the worst President ever reminds me just how Trump supporters project Trump issues on others. And saying that it makes me realize that they know exactly how bad Trump really was.

    Looking at Brandon’s list it’s surprising how over half of his lost can be attributed to Trump.

    Let’s just make a quick list of Trump failures to compare.

    1.) lowering our standing with our international Allies.

    2.) enhartening our enemies in North Korea and Russia.

    3.) isolating us in the world and reducing our soft power to almost zero.

    4.) weakening our border by expanding a dumb wall.

    5.) increasing the division in our country by championing the far right.

    6.) increasing the deficit at a higher rate than any President in American History.

    7.) causing the first American insurrection since the civil war.

    8.) ruining the reputation of our entire election system

    9.) leading the Republican Party into a fascist party.

    10.) making it not only acceptable to be racist, but a point of pride to Republicans, leading to book bans and backlash against whites being reminded how bad racism is.

    And that is just the short list. Yep, hands down, Trump was the worst President since the Civil war. Bottom three Presidents of all time. No doubt about it. Had his insurrection succeeded, he would have single handedly destroyed our democracy.

    Biden was small fish compared. His worst problem is perpetual foot in mouth disease. But I will take that over a President that lies every chance he gets and whose favorite past time is to attack people he doesn’t like. Calling him Carter 2 is actually quite a compliment. He didn’t do anything great and didn’t do anything terrible. Just borderline competent. Meh, I’ll take it. And if it is between him and Trump in 2024, we will be stuck with him for another 4 years. Get used to it. Because you all Trump supporters are too dumb to realize it. This is what happens when refuse to realize you lost an election.

  7. Rick

    April 30, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    What’s the chance Biden is listening to an uneducated far right wannabe author?

  8. K. Frey

    April 30, 2023 at 9:40 pm

    So a woman can’t run a country? ???? They have skills & the education to work an 8 hr. job for income, then come home & take care of a household, lovingly raise children and a husband if still married. They also do the laundry & ironing cook, clean, not to mention mowing the grass, tending to the the children, help with homework, pay the household bills, attend parents teacher conferences but they don’t have the ability to be a president? Do men achieve all of the above every day? I wonder if men can achieve what mothers’ which are usually women, do 7 days a week for at least 18 years?????

  9. 403Forbidden

    May 1, 2023 at 2:32 am

    Old joe’s biggest mistake is forcing the public to swallow biden family lies as biblical truth or plain old wisdom.

    He once declared that hunter was the most intelligent man be had ever come across.

    Later, he swore that he knew nothing about hunter’s busines dealings.

    After that, he said no, no, his income absolutely has nothing to do with the word ‘china’ or any source or waterhole connected to it.

    Joe biden’s second mistake is possibly his glaring failure as a dad to keep an eye on his wayward son. Having too many undesirable liasons with lots of women and ladies, the son naturally risks introducing malevolent illnesses into biden’s inner circle.

    Thus those are his two biggest mistakes. It is therefore unlikely for biden to win in 2024. Big possibility he could collapse onto the floor in late 2023, or right before christmas this year.

  10. J Callahan

    May 1, 2023 at 9:27 am

    Not impressed with your “non-pearls” of wisdom. When you have to deal with a mess left by the previous president, as both Biden & Obama had to do, they get blamed for the totality of the problems they inherit. I see that you’re young, and may not know history, but please research your “facts” if you expect to be red worthy.

  11. coriolanus

    May 1, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Biden is the worst president in your lifetime? Were you born in 2020? The worst president of all of our lifetimes…everyone in this country who was born before that date is Donald Trump. Case closed.

  12. froike

    May 1, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    Coriol…The last part of your name is accurate. Trump was among the greatest POTUS’ we ever had. Only mental midgets and cretins would think Trump was a bad POTUS.
    As for the Article: Bidet has made so many mistakes as POTUS, there is not enough room on a roll of Toilet Paper to print them.
    The Bidet Admenstruation is a plague! It’s a Cancer that infected the very fiber and ethos of our great nation! It must be cut out and buried.

  13. Henri Bauhaus

    May 1, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    All the “Wall” did was to hand over Latin America with all its natural resources to China. It was great electioneering strategy, but that’s it.


    May 1, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Trump was the worst President of anyone who was born befor 2020. He achieved little domestically beyond a gigantic tax cut for the wealthy…and failed at pretty much everything else. He made the US into a banana republic and a laughingstock. That’s why the American Public rose up and voted him out of office by over 7MM votes:

  15. thefrash

    May 1, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Frioke, you do realize that there are zero intelligent people who really believe that Trump was a good president. The idea that he was is about as disconnected from reality as the people who believe that the NY Jets were the best team in the NFL last year.

  16. Hap

    May 1, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    You forgot Biden’s relentless attacks on the First Amendment

  17. 404 Broken Link (click here)

    May 1, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Complete and total nonsense from the “author” of this post.

    Back to flipping burgers for you!

  18. Walker

    May 1, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    Trump is only a great President if you are racist. He made it great to come crawling out from under your rock and show exactly what you are. While all previous Republican Presidents stuck to dog whistles but didn’t actually further a racist agenda, Trump went at it hard. The current war against anti-racism and complete banning on women’s rights is the culmination of Trump policies. Of course these abominable cretins will think Trump was a great President. Everyone else will see how bad Trump really was.

  19. Jim

    May 2, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Walker, you seem obsessed by Trump.

    Your comment is telling.

    The article is about Biden… but you want to talk about Trump.

    Five mistakes by Biden… sure… but let’s state the situation… has ANY Biden policy been successful?

    Walker, can you cite one success for Biden in foreign or domestic policy?

    That’s the problem… the guy can’t shoot straight… let alone walk up a stairway without stumbling.

    And, frankly, it’s not the stumbling & mumbling which concerns me the most.

    It’s that he can’t point to one success… and a nagging suspicion they aren’t looking for success, but for ideological outcomes… consistent with Hard Left ideology… thus, no success… because deep down the Hard Left’s only objective is power (through centralizing control).

    And their power comes at the expense of the well being of the average American.

  20. Stephen Pershing

    May 2, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    How about not lifting a finger to deter the invasion of Ukraine, and then emptying our own weapon stockpiles after the bloodiest European war in more than 70 years had already begun? Oh wait, that wasn’t a mistake…that was deliberate.

  21. Rick

    May 2, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    The author is a far right moron.

  22. Jim

    May 3, 2023 at 10:36 am

    As a post script:

    I asked for one specific successful accomplishment of the Biden administration… crickets.

    And, now, we see the Biden/Harris roll out for re-election.

    Just general statements about “finishing the job.”

    I call again for anybody to state a specific policy objective or accomplishment of the Biden administration which was successful.

    As long as we hear crickets… Biden is in trouble.

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