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'You're being a wise guy': Biden needles Lester Holt over questions about record inflation | Daily Mail Online
I think it was back in July, you said inflation was going to be temporary,' said Lester Holt. 'I think a lot of Americans are wondering what your definition of temporary is.

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President Joe Biden called Lester Holt a 'wise guy' during a TV interview on Thursday after the NBC News anchor asked him for his definition of 'temporary' on the day inflation showed no sign of slowing and instead hit a 40-year high.

The White House has insisted that spiralling prices are 'transitory' and will begin coming down as pandemic supply chain pressures ease.

But on Thursday, the Labor Department reported that year-on-year inflation hit 7.5 percent in January - its highest level since 1982.

'I think it was back in July, you said inflation was going to be temporary,' said Holt.

'I think a lot of Americans are wondering what your definition of temporary is.'

Biden smiled as he pushed back: 'Well, you're being a wise guy with me a little bit.

'I understand, that's your job.'

The issue has sent Biden's approval ratings plunging and previous efforts to dismiss increases as temporary led critics to accuse him of being out of touch.

During the interview, which will be broadcast in full before Sunday's Super Bowl, Biden tried to explain what was happening.

'The reason for inflation is the supply chains were cut off, meaning that the products - for example, automobiles, the lack of computer chips to be able to build those automobiles so they could function ... they need those computer chips that were not available,' he said.

'So what happens with the number of cars were reduced the new cars reduced it but made up at one third the cost of inflation because the price of automobiles are up.

President Joe Biden called Lester Holt a 'wise guy' after the NBC News anchor asked him to define 'temporary' and quizzed him about why inflation wasn't going away as promised

Inflation hit a 40-year high of 7.5 percent, the Labor Department announced Thursday, a figure not seen since the Carter administration

The last time inflation was at 7.5%, Reagan was newly in office and the 'Great Inflation' was ending


The 'Great Inflation' period from 1965 to 1982 was marked by soaring inflation that topped 14 percent by 1980

The January inflation reading on Thursday put annual inflation at 7.5 percent, the highest level since February 1982, as the period known as the 'Great Inflation' was coming to a close.

Spurred by failed monetary policy and two oil crises in 1973 and 1979, the period from 1965 to 1982 was marked by soaring inflation that topped 14 percent by 1980.

Consumers suffered greatly from the rising prices, and outrage over the inflation crisis contributed to Ronald Reagan's defeat of one-term incumbent President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

'Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man,' Reagan famously said, and he devoted the first years of his presidency to tackling the issue.

Reagan's controversial economic policy had four key pillars: reducing government spending, slashing taxes, reducing regulations, and tightening the monetary supply through higher interest rates.

Naysayers claimed at the time that Reagan's policies would drive prices even higher, but history proved them wrong and inflation was soon back to sustainable levels.

A woman shopping in the Pioneer grocery store, New York City, USA, March 1983

He added that he had worked with Intel so that more chips were made in the U.S.

Holt pushed him to explain when Americans could expect some relief.

'According to Nobel laureates - 14 of them that contacted me - and a number of corporate leaders it ought to be able to start to taper off as we go through this year,' he said.

Even so, the numbers will add to gloom among Democrats ahead of this year's midterms.

Even members of his own party are distancing themselves from the economic disaster, with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin taking a veiled swipe at the White House for seeming to 'think that spending trillions more of taxpayers' money will cure our problems.'

Earlier in the day Biden released a statement acknowledging the 'elevated' numbers .

'While today's report is elevated, forecasters continue to project inflation easing substantially by the end of 2022,' he said

'And fortunately we saw positive real wage growth last month, and moderation in auto prices, which have made up about a quarter of headline inflation over the last year. We separately saw good news with new unemployment claims continuing to decline.

'That's a sign of the real progress we've made in getting Americans back to work over the last year.

'My administration will continue to be all hands on deck to win this fight. We will continue to rebuild our infrastructure and manufacturing, so we can make more in America and strengthen our supply chains here at home.

'We will continue to fight for costs in areas that have held back families and working people for decades, from prescription drugs to child care and elder care to their energy costs. And we will continue to promote more competition to make our markets more competitive and give consumers more choices,' the president added.

The rate of inflation rose by 0.6 percentage points from December, going up for the sixth consecutive time and signaling the months-long surge that's been hitting Americans in the pocketbooks is not slowing down.

The average U.S. household spent an extra $250 per month as prices have leapt, according to a new analysis published in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

Americans paid more for virtually every facet of life last month, from food to cars, and even housing and their monthly bills.

Energy costs rose by a staggering average of 27 percent, amid right-wing criticism of Biden's efforts to revamp the sector and move away from a dependence on fossil fuels.

The latest data show drivers are still hurting at the pump, with gas prices up 40 percent from last year. Used cars and trucks are up by 40.5 percent.

Costs at the dinner table are also up. Grocery prices are up by an average 7.4 percent since January 2021. People can also expect to pay more for meat, eggs, poultry and fish after their costs rose by 12.2 percent last month.

Apartment rental costs rose 0.5% in January, the fastest pace in 20 years and electricity prices were up 4.2% last month, the sharpest rise in 15 years and a 10% increase from last year

Clothing prices were also up - 1.1% and household furniture and supplies rose 1.6%, the largest one-month increase on records dating to 1967.

Household furnishings and supplies saw their largest price increase on record as costs jumped by 2 percent from December to January, an increase of 9.3 percent from a year ago.

Renters shelled out 3.8 percent more on their housing bills in January 2022 than the year prior. The 0.5 percent increase from December is the most significant leap in 20 years.

Receiving medical care came with steeper costs as well, as hospital bills rose 3.6 percent.

Issues that economists say have fueled the record surge in inflation also don't appear to be slowing down.

Wages are still rising at a record pace, partially driving higher costs, but fail to keep up with the pace of inflation. The average American worker got a 5.7 percent raise in January, nearly two percentage points lower than the spike in consumer goods.

Supply chain problems brought on by the pandemic also still persist -- leading to bare shelves and higher prices -- despite appearing to temporarily subside for the brief holiday period late last year.

The White House has long claimed the six-month surge in prices would slow as the COVID pandemic eases and businesses return to normal.

Prices rose for a sixth consecutive month, meaning Americans have consistently had to shell out more for everyday life since August 2021

However, the recent Omicron variant-driven infection wave plunged the economy into further uncertainty. The new strain exacerbated supply chain backlogs and labor shortages, despite leading to far less hospitalizations and deaths than previous mutations.

The poor economic news comes at a critical time for the Biden administration, as it's been working to prove he can get the country out of the pandemic and the economy under control before the November midterms later this year.

Manchin, a moderate Democrat, released a statement addressing the dire inflation numbers while also appearing to take a shot at members of his own party.

'As inflation and our $30 trillion in national debt continue a historic climb, only in Washington, DC do people seem to think that spending trillions more of taxpayers' money will cure our problems, let alone inflation,' Manchin said.

The key centrist had expressed concerns about rising consumer costs when explaining his decision to oppose Biden's progressive-backed $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan, effectively killing the spending package.

He appeared to reference the debacle when he declared in his Thursday statement: 'Congress and the Administration must proceed with caution before adding more fuel to an economy already on fire.'

Responding to the painful inflation data, Republicans were quick to criticize the Biden administration's short but shaky stewardship of the economy.

'Americans pay more and earn less because of Joe Biden's failed agenda,' said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

'Biden lied - his inflation is not 'transitory' - and hardworking Americans are facing the consequences as skyrocketing prices for nearly everything are here to stay. Yet Biden doesn't care,' added McDaniel.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Democrats' 'out-of-touch policies.'

'Under Democrats' one-party control, your paycheck is worth 7.5% less today than a year ago. Their out-of-touch policies have spiked the worst inflation in 40 years,' the top House Republican wrote on Twitter. 'You feel it at the gas pump, the grocery store, and everywhere else you shop. Time for a change in Washington!'

Florida Senator Rick Scott, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Thursday's data marked a 'sad anniversary for American families.'

'One year of Joe Biden's failed policies and reckless spending causing historic inflation and skyrocketing prices. President Biden has taken our economy and flushed it down the drain,' he said, referring to the six-month consecutive rise in prices.

Worse, he doesn't seem to be bothered by that at all. While Biden is in Delaware every weekend enjoying his ice cream, families are struggling to make ends meet. Our poorest families, like mine growing up, are having to make the tough choice between buying gas and groceries.'

Kansas Senator Roger Marshall said Biden's 'failed socialist policies' are to blame.

'As our economy struggles to recover from the lasting effects of the nationwide shutdown, President Biden and the Democrats continue to hinder economic growth with their reckless taxing, reckless borrowing, and reckless spending agenda. Make no mistake, this economic crisis rests squarely on the shoulders of President Biden's failed socialist policies,' Marshall said in a statement sent to DailyMail.com.

Biden's full statement after Labor Department releases data showing inflation hit 40-year high last month


My two top economic priorities have been to create a growing economy with more good-paying jobs, and to lower the prices Americans have faced from the global problem of inflation related to the pandemic. We have seen historic success on the first priority, with the greatest year of job growth in history, Americans finding better jobs, better wages, and better benefits, along with the fastest economic growth in decades. On higher prices, we have been using every tool at our disposal, and while today is a reminder that Americans' budgets are being stretched in ways that create real stress at the kitchen table, there are also signs that we will make it through this challenge.

While today's report is elevated, forecasters continue to project inflation easing substantially by the end of 2022. And fortunately we saw positive real wage growth last month, and moderation in auto prices, which have made up about a quarter of headline inflation over the last year. We separately saw good news with new unemployment claims continuing to decline. That's a sign of the real progress we've made in getting Americans back to work over the last year.

My administration will continue to be all hands on deck to win this fight. We will continue to rebuild our infrastructure and manufacturing, so we can make more in America and strengthen our supply chains here at home. We will continue to fight for costs in areas that have held back families and working people for decades, from prescription drugs to child care and elder care to their energy costs. And we will continue to promote more competition to make our markets more competitive and give consumers more choices.


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Tacos!
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1  seeder  Tacos!    4 months ago
Biden smiled as he pushed back: 'Well, you're being a wise guy with me a little bit.

Of all people, and all networks, why be a dick to Lester Holt on NBC? If Biden has friends in the media, a lot of them definitely work at NBC. Holt asked a legitimate question and he wasn’t rude about it.

This is a thing Biden has always done that doesn’t get enough attention or disapproval. He has a long history of being hostile or bullying to people who disagree with him or ask him tough questions - often it’s just a regular citizen.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Tacos! @1    4 months ago
Of all people, and all networks, why be a dick to Lester Holt on NBC? If Biden has friends in the media, a lot of them definitely work at NBC. Holt asked a legitimate question and he wasn’t rude about it.

This is the kind of stuff that happens when Biden escapes his handlers' clutches momentarily.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tacos! @1    4 months ago
He has a long history of being hostile or bullying to people who disagree with him or ask him tough questions - often it’s just a regular citizen.

Like telling citizens he's full of shit and he doesn't work for us.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
1.2.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.2    4 months ago

What a miserable asshole Brandon is. His arrogant hostility is a well documented trait

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2.1    4 months ago

I have it on good authority from Sparty On that when you are reduced to name calling, you just don't have a case.

That being said, Mr Trump has a well documented record of ignoring precedent and protocol as far as solo press

conferences go, arguing with journalists, calling them names, hanging up on reporters and in a few cases barring

them from the WH and Mar a Lago.

President Trump "famously" walked out of his 60 Minute interview with Lesley Stahls.

Biden finished his 60 Minute interview with Lester Holt.

I am pretty sure Trump wins hands down in the arrogant hostility category...

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
1.3  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @1    4 months ago

I guess it depends on how you define being a dick.

I watched the clip and it certainly doesn't rise to the level of "snapping at', "rude" or "hostile".

He spoke his mind, Lester didn't flinch or whine and they moved on.

Trump supporters here often list "plain talk" or "calling it as he see's it" one of Trump's Trump's greatest qualities.

SMH

 
 
 
Tacos!
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1.3.1  seeder  Tacos!  replied to  Split Personality @1.3    4 months ago

So you agree with the president that Holt was being a wise guy? I thought he was being a professional journalist, who was treating the president with respect and asking a serious question. I found the president’s jab to be unfairly condescending and disrespectful.

The fact that Holt didn’t flinch doesn’t mean the president was right to say what he did. It just shows that Holt is more of a professional than Biden is.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.3.2  Texan1211  replied to  Tacos! @1.3.1    4 months ago
The fact that Holt didn’t flinch doesn’t mean the president was right to say what he did. It just shows that Holt is more of a professional than Biden is.

Doesn't matter-Biden gets a pass for doing similar things as Trump did that we have heard bitching about for 5 looooooooong years now.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.3.3  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @1.3.1    4 months ago
So you agree with the president that Holt was being a wise guy?

It's a term Biden uses frequently, sometimes with heat, sometimes as a term of endearment

I saw nothing nefarious in it.

I thought he was being a professional journalist, who was treating the president with respect and asking a serious question.

I totally agree. Lester is one of the best.

I found the president’s jab to be unfairly condescending and disrespectful.

Agree to disagree, I think you are being overly sensitive about a non issue.  While I expect the President to know better, I have been in the then Senator's company when he asked someone if they were being an ass intentionally (they were).

The fact that Holt didn’t flinch doesn’t mean the president was right to say what he did. It just shows that Holt is more of a professional than Biden is.

Careful there my friend, you are in danger of losing your independent card.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    4 months ago

He has a long history of being hostile or bullying to people who disagree with him or ask him tough questions - often it’s just a regular citizen.

It's demonstrates the advantage of having the media on one's side. He plays "the game" with the media and shifts positions to keep squarely in the middle of their consensus.  Thus, he gets away with the same sort of behavior that caused meltdowns when Trump engaged it. Blatant lying,  threats  and good ole fashioned bullying get ignored because Joe's one of them. 

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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3  Jack_TX    4 months ago

The President said, 'Well, you're being a wise guy with me a little bit.', then called Holt a "whippersnapper", offered him a Werther's Original, and then told a story about sitting behind third base for a Brooklyn Dodgers/Boston Braves game.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  JohnRussell    4 months ago

Biden's taking personal blame for inflation when it's really not his fault that's when he gets irritated. The political right wants to blame inflation on the Democrats being too generous the working class people and of course the corporate media swallows and regurgitates this hogwash. The corporate media also blames rising wages as if people should reject raises at their jobs to hold inflation down. Corporations are making record profits by raising prices that's where a lot of the inflation is coming from and nobody gives a s***

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.1  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @4    4 months ago
Biden's taking personal blame for inflation when it's really not his fault

Is ANYTHING Biden's fault--ever?

that's when he gets irritated.

A LIFETIME in politics and Biden still can't handle it?

I hope to God I live long enough to see the Democratic leaders pulled from their pedestals.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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4.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1    4 months ago
Is ANYTHING Biden's fault--ever?

Biden's fault, Biden's fault, where the hell does anyone get off saying anything is Biden's fault! Trump is behind all of this! He needs to be locked up permanently w/o trial. His family members too. Throw in every last deplorable as well. If you are not  for Trump and all of his ilk being thrown into prison forever you are an un American traitor I say!

A LIFETIME in politics and Biden still can't handle it?

This is all Trump's fault! Trump has people questioning everything Biden does! He has no allies in the media! They treat Biden worse than they ever did Trump! The media needs to hold Trump and Republicans accountable!

I hope to God I live long enough to see the Democratic leaders pulled from their pedestals.

When will you call for Trump and his family to be pulled from their pedestals? They tried to destroy America! They still are trying to destroy America; but Republicans will not allow him to be brought to Justice! Stop deflecting to everything being Democrats fault! They are trying to save America; but Trump and Republicans won't let them!

Sorry Texan1211, I couldn't resist. I will gladly take my ticket now.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Ronin2 @4.1.1    4 months ago

I love it!

lol!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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4.1.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ronin2 @4.1.1    4 months ago

Good one jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  Ronin2 @4.1.1    4 months ago

ticket??

for bashing Trump? jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

heck, you may get a trophy!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.1.5  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1    4 months ago

You should worry more about monopoly corporations ripping everybody off

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.1.7  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.5    4 months ago

why?

doesn't Biden fix everything?

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
4.1.8  seeder  Tacos!  replied to  Ronin2 @4.1.1    4 months ago
I will gladly take my ticket now.

Quality comedy like that should be selling tickets, not receiving them.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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4.1.9  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.5    4 months ago

"You should worry more about monopoly corporations ripping everybody off"

You don't know what you're talking about

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
4.2  seeder  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @4    4 months ago
Biden's taking personal blame for inflation when it's really not his fault that's when he gets irritated

He took on responsibility for it when he said it was temporary. 

I seem to remember Trump being held to a similar standard when he said Covid would be over soon. When it wasn’t, suddenly, he was responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Corporations are making record profits by raising prices that's where a lot of the inflation is coming from and nobody gives a s***

Prices are going up because supply is restricted. Supply chains are in chaos because of Covid. Truckers in Canada are probably making it worse.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.2.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4.2    4 months ago

There are companies making record profits because they are jacking up prices because people have stimulus money. It is definitely effecting inflation. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.2.2  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2.1    4 months ago

sounds like the Democrats need to do yet another round of stimulus!

 
 
 
Kathleen
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6  Kathleen    4 months ago

Actually I thought that Lester was being very easy on him. It seems like it doesn’t take much for him to loose his temper and when he is alone you just never know how he will react. 

Another thing, Putin feels he can do what he wants because he knows that Biden and his administration are weak. 

 
 

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