President Biden and first girl Jill Biden shared a New Yr’s message late Sunday, with the president touting U.S. job positive factors as he seeks reelection in 2024.
The president, requested throughout an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his hopes for 2024, mentioned he hopes “all people has a wholesome, glad and protected New Yr.”
“However past that, I hope that they perceive that we’re in a greater place than any nation on this planet to guide the world,” Biden mentioned. “And we’re coming again, and it’s about time.”
Later when requested for his standout reminiscences from 2023, Biden mentioned, “Persons are able to have the ability to making a residing now, and so they’ve created quite a lot of jobs for over 14 million.”
“I simply really feel good, the American folks received up. They’ve been via a tough time with the pandemic, however now we’re coming again, they’re again,” he added.
The pretaped interview was proven throughout ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Yr’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” simply hours earlier than the East Coast was set to ring in 2024. Seacrest has interviewed the Bidens the previous 4 years for the New Yr’s particular.
Jill Biden shared a equally upbeat message within the interview aired Sunday, telling Seacrest, “I believe it’s what I might at all times inform my college students — be constructive, be optimistic and be type to at least one one other.”
The primary couple was talking from St. Croix within the U.S. Virgin Islands, the place the Biden household is celebrating New Yr’s. The interview was recorded Saturday, in line with the White Home.
Biden and the primary girl arrived on the Caribbean island final Wednesday, sooner or later after the president returned to Washington after celebrating Christmas with household at Camp David.
The Bidens additionally spent New Yr’s with household in St. Croix final 12 months, as a part of a household custom courting again to 2008 to spend the vacation within the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Bidens didn’t journey to the Virgin Islands when ringing in 2022, as an alternative spending the vacation in Wilmington, Del.
This 12 months’s journey has drawn criticism from some Republicans, who argued Biden’s journey reveals how the White Home has been absent for the state of affairs on the U.S.-southern border.
The Home Judiciary Committee mocked the president final week, calling him “beachfront Biden.” The committee shared an previous photograph of Biden on a seashore in Delaware, claiming the president “doesn’t care concerning the southern border.”
Biden has confronted repeated criticism from the best over his dealing with of the U.S.-Mexico border state of affairs, together with his approval ranking on immigration dropping 8 factors in December, in line with a ballot.
This isn’t the primary time a president has come beneath hearth for taking a vacation journey. Former Presidents George W. Bush, Obama and Trump all confronted comparable criticism for journeys away from Washington.
The White Home has declined to touch upon the newest criticism.
Biden on Saturday took a number of questions from reporters when leaving dinner in St. Croix, and revealed his New Yr’s decision.
“To come again subsequent 12 months,” he mentioned.
“That’s the most important one proper there,” he added when requested for anything.
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