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Analysis: Ahead of holidays, Biden tries to untangle supply chain mess

Chris Megerian and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times on

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“If all of these were to click, I think we’ll see some results in the next two to three months,” he said.

Whether the supply chain problems are Biden’s fault may not matter to voters, who tend to project their displeasure toward the person in charge.

Biden faces a similar challenge with the coronavirus. His administration has made enough vaccines available for every American, but millions are still unwilling to get their shots, prolonging the deadly COVID-19 pandemic — and driving down the president’s poll numbers.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said recently that souring public opinion is “a reflection of people being sick and tired of COVID,” but that the president understands “the buck stops with him.”

When it comes to the worldwide flow of goods, Psaki demurred Wednesday when asked whether the administration can ensure that holiday packages would arrive on time.

“We are not the Postal Service, UPS or Fedex,” she said. “We cannot guarantee.”

 

Psaki was also cautious about promising Americans that the situation would improve quickly, especially at a time when analysts suggest that problems could persist into next year.

“I don’t want to make a prediction because it’s not just one issue,” she said.

Jeremy Rosner, a Democratic pollster, described supply chain problems as more of an annoyance than a crisis at this point, suggesting any political fallout would be limited.

“It’s not shortages of things that are making it impossible for people to put food on the table or drive to work,” he said.

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