Biden says official dealing with holiday shipping backlogs doing a 'heck of a job'

Biden says official dealing with holiday shipping backlogs doing a 'heck of a job'
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President Joe Biden commended his port envoy tasked with handling supply-chain disruptions for doing a “heck of a job” in a speech at the White House announcing new efforts to unclog holiday backlogs through increased around-the-clock shipping operations.

The pandemic has worsened long-standing global supply-chain issues, leading to concerns that the Biden administration could suffer political backlash if holiday shoppers cannot get their packages on time.

“And I especially want to thank Joe Porcari,” Biden said, calling the official, John Porcari, by the incorrect first name. "And I think Joe has done one heck of a job, my special envoy, specifically on ports, who has been working this issue with all of the stakeholders for the past several weeks.”


The phrase was also used by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"Brownie," Bush said of his Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown, "you're doing a heck of a job."

Alongside the “Mission Accomplished” banner unfurled during the war in Iraq, this premature praise came to symbolize the administration’s tone-deafness while increasing voters’ doubts about its basic competence.

While it is not yet clear that the supply-chain issues rise to this level of a political problem for Biden, his job approval ratings have taken a tumble as the border crisis, delta variant surge, and messy Afghanistan withdrawal have combined to take a toll on public confidence in Biden as a leader.

In last year’s presidential campaign, Biden ran heavily on the idea that his political and government experience, 36 years in the Senate and two terms as vice president, left him far better equipped to manage national crises than former President Donald Trump.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo are among the other high-profile Biden administration officials who have taken a leading role on supply-chain issues.


As White House press secretary Jen Psaki rattled off other things the Biden administration was doing to ease the bottlenecks in a separate Wednesday briefing, she also emphasized to reporters that it is important not to overpromise.

Psaki could not, for example, guarantee that holiday packages would be delivered on time this year. "We are not the Postal Service or UPS or FedEx," she said. “We cannot guarantee. What we can do is use every lever at the federal government’s disposal to reduce delays."

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Original Author: W. James Antle III

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