To highlight economic growth, Biden goes to buy gifts

President Joe Biden last week pledged to talk more to Americans every day and took his first step Tuesday afternoon by visiting a gift shop and ice cream parlor in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. DC.

Biden_95105 President Joe Biden leaves after buying ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Tuesday, January 25, 2022, in Washington.

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Biden_06541 President Joe Biden leaves after buying ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Tuesday, January 25, 2022, in Washington.

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Biden_63756 President Joe Biden greets onlookers after visiting a Honey Made store in Washington, Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

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Biden_10833 President Joe Biden chats with Honey Made store owner Viboonrattana “Moo” Honey as he visits the store in Washington, Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

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Biden_42434 President Joe Biden chats with Honey Made store owner Viboonrattana “Moo” Honey as he visits the store in Washington, Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden pledged last week to speak more to Americans every day and took his first step Tuesday afternoon by visiting a gift shop and ice cream shop in the area. Washington’s Capitol Hill.

Biden went shopping at Honey Made, a store that opened last year amid the pandemic. The President toured the store, choosing a hoodie for his grandson and a necklace for his wife, Jill. He then picked up a mug with Vice President Kamala Harris’ picture on it.

“I’ll take this too,” he said.

The tour comes as the administration is trying to highlight the healthier parts of the economy, at a time when many Americans are worried about inflation at its highest level in nearly 40 years. Higher prices overshadowed the obvious gains under Biden’s watch as the unemployment rate improved sharply to 3.9% and the economy was poised for its strongest growth since 1984.

The White House released a fact sheet as Biden shopped saying the administration had provided $400 billion in aid to more than 6 million small businesses. Biden opened his presidency by securing a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, helping to keep cash-strapped companies afloat and boost consumer demand. But strong demand and troubled supply chains lead to higher prices, creating a political challenge for a president who has seen his approval slip as the country struggles. for post-pandemic recovery.

The President followed up his time at Honey Made by greeting nearby members of the US Marines and then stopping at Jeni’s Ice Cream to pick up a few scoops in a waffle.

After stepping out on Tuesday, Biden will meet on Wednesday with the heads of General Motors, Ford, Microsoft, Salesforce and Esty along with other CEOs to discuss the benefits of his economic agenda that has been muted. stalled in the Senate, according to a White House official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to preview the plans. These executives support the agenda even though Biden has proposed raising corporate taxes.

Biden is due to visit Pittsburgh on Friday to highlight the $1 trillion infrastructure deal he signed into law last year.

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