Interview with German CAPITAL: “If Biden Succeeds, He is Comparable to Lyndon B. Johnson"
In an interview for German magazine CAPITAL, GMF Senior Fellow Jacob Kirkegaard discussed U.S. President Joe Biden’s 100 days in office. He noted that President Biden is pursuing ambitious—and also expensive—plans for the United States. While he is already being compared to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jacob Kirkegaard draws a different comparison. In his view, if Biden succeeds with his plans, he will be more comparable to Lyndon B. Johnson than Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Kirkegaard explained that Biden's policies, i.e., tax increases for the rich, investments in infrastructure and the welfare state or the fight against climate change, are overall very popular among Americans. He thinks Biden has been quite successful so far. He draws strength from being able to separate himself from the chaos of the Trump years. He speaks and acts like a president, and he also brings a lot of experience. In addition, he is good at picking up the mood of the people.