On Labor Day, President Biden took the opportunity to compare his administration’s accomplishments with that of his predecessor, former President Trump. Speaking at the Tri-State Labor Day Parade in Philadelphia, Biden emphasized his administration’s efforts to bring back jobs from China, protect pensions, and his perspective grounded in his Scranton and Claymont roots. The setting, amidst members of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19, was reminiscent of a campaign rally, as Biden underscored his commitment to the union workforce.
Following a recent jobs report which highlighted the addition of 187,000 jobs in August and an unemployment rate of 3.8%, Biden also pointed out his achievements in reducing the deficit by $1.7 trillion. He attributed these gains, in part, to ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. Emphasizing this, Biden pointed out the tax rate of some of the country’s billionaires, advocating for larger corporations and the ultra-rich to bear a more equitable share of the tax burden.
Addressing comments about his age, Biden, who at 80 is the oldest individual to serve as U.S. president, contended that with age comes wisdom. He confidently expressed his intentions to continue his service with the support of the people.
It’s worth noting that Trump, aged 77, currently leads in the polls amongst his GOP contemporaries, despite ongoing legal challenges. This has fueled speculation of a potential rematch between Trump and Biden in the 2024 presidential race.
Biden’s support for the union workforce was evident as he reiterated his commitment to the community and urged Congress to approve the PRO Act, which aims to bolster workers’ rights and protections.
Lastly, in response to criticism regarding his time spent at his beach house in Rehoboth, Del., Biden clarified that his primary residence in Wilmington, Del., is undergoing security renovations. He emphasized that despite appearances, he isn’t on vacation.