Joe Biden joked to Jimmy Fallon about his low approval ratings during his first late-night television interview as president that aired Friday.
Biden was asked by the “The Tonight Show” host during their virtual chat how much he cared about his approval ratings, which have been sinking since the summer.
“Okay, not anymore,” Biden replied with ferocious effort.
“No, I’m kidding,” the chief continued. “I paid attention when they were in their mid-60s, not when they were in their mid-40s.”
“I appreciate honesty,” Fallon said. “You came hot and then you hit the average and now you’re at the low.”
“A lot has happened” since taking office, Biden said, with “people being told that Armageddon is on the way” while “the truth is that the economy has grown more than at any time in nearly 60 years, the unemployment rate is down to 4.2%” and It will go down, in my view.”
Biden added that inflation was a concern but that it would “go down”.
“But in the meantime, people are worried and they’re worried about whether or not they have a brother or sister or uncle or aunt who has had COVID or not, you know, and they don’t know what to do about it,” he said. “There is a lot of anxiety and my job is to be clear, shoot from the shoulder, let people know exactly what the truth is and plan how I will try to make life better for them.”
Watch the first part of the interview here:
The second part is here: