Biden Announces Press Conference To Mark One Year Since Gaining Office

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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President Joe Biden will hold a formal press conference at the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 19 — his first such event since March of 2021 — the White House announced Friday.

Biden has held less than half as many press conferences in his first year in office as any five of his most recent predecessors. His first press conference came March 25 of 2021, and he held a subsequent five solo press conferences throughout the year and three more alongside other heads of state, bringing the total to nine. The White House says the conference will mark Biden’s one-year anniversary of gaining office, though reporters are likely to focus on the numerous roadblocks his administration hit this week.

As the one-year mark for the Biden presidency approaches, a Quinnipiac poll put Biden’s approval rating at just 33% on Wednesday, the lowest of his tenure so far. Biden entered office with a solid 54% approval rating, but he has consistently slipped in the polls since spring of 2021. (RELATED: Watch Joe Biden Weirdly Whisper His Answers To The Press)

While the White House was counting on passing Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) and elections agenda to turn the situation around, Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — along with 50 Republicans — have made that impossible. Both senators announced their opposition to abolishing the filibuster Thursday afternoon, even as Biden was on Capitol Hill advocating for its removal. The rule imposes a 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation and makes it virtually impossible for Democrats to push through the BBB or Biden’s effort to federalize America’s election laws.

Hours later on Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate, which would have required all businesses with more than 100 employees to subject their workers to either a vaccine requirement or a weekly COVID-19 test.

The White House has faced heavy criticism from reporters for Biden’s lack of availability to the public. The issue came to a head in September during Biden’s White House meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Following the meeting, U.K. reporters were given the chance to ask questions, but White House staff shouted down members of the U.S. press corps. The incident led to a showdown between White House press secretary Jen Psaki and the White House Correspondents’ Association.

“The entire editorial component of the U.S. pool went immediately into Jen Psaki’s office to register a formal complaint that no American reporters were recognized for questions in the president’s Oval Office, and that wranglers loudly shouted over the president as he seemed to give an answer to Ed O’Keefe’s question about the situation at the southern border,” WHCA President Steven Portnoy announced at the time.