De Blasio says Biden should learn from mayor’s ‘unpopular’ mistakes


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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote an op-ed for The Atlantic published on Tuesday warning that Biden should not make the same mistakes he did.

De Blasio wrote enthusiastically about the president, saying there was still time for his message and his governance to resonate with voters.

“When it comes to being unpopular, I’m unfortunately a bit of an expert. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. President Biden and the Democratic Party should learn from this,” he wrote. .


De Blasio recounted his two terms as mayor, warning that “real politics” was no substitute for “real popularity” and saying his popularity plummeted at the end of his term due to a lack of connection with voters.

De Blasio’s final years in office were contentious and fraught with controversy on issues ranging from crime and law enforcement to his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio gestures as he leaves the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in New York City on March 16, 2021. (Lev Radin/Sipa USA)

“I failed to give New Yorkers a clear idea of ​​where I was taking them. I lost my connection with people because I confused real politics with real popularity. I allowed the focus on individual initiatives, no matter how noble or substantial, to distract me from offering a comprehensive vision of the future.”

Instead, de Blasio stressed the need for a short, catchy message to show voters the future America the administration is working toward.

“Biden still has a chance to do what I haven’t: present a clear, focused message and repeat it over and over again. And I’m not just talking about a slogan, but a vision for the leadership of the country. under his administration.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Washington.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Biden spoke to the first White House Correspondents’ Dinner since 2019 on Saturday night, mocking his low approval ratings and the Republican slogan “Let’s Go Brandon” targeting him. Some of his jokes got more laughs than others.

“Special thanks to the 42% of you who cheered,” Biden joked as he took the stage in front of a crowd of about 2,000. journalists and celebrities gathered at Washington Hilton.

“I’m so thrilled to be here tonight with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than mine,” he added.


There has been much speculation about Democrats potentially competing in a primary against Biden, who is suffering from historically poor polls.

A Washington Post analysis recently ranked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg above Vice President Harris, who also had a poor preference. Others listed include former 2020 Sens contestants. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, as well as California Governor Gavin Newsom and even New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Jon Brown of Fox News contributed to this report.

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