President Joe Biden delivered his first speech to the nation from the Oval Office Friday night to celebrate a “crisis averted” by agreeing to a bipartisan measure to prevent a government default – and reactions to the speech, and the bill itself, are about as divided as the country itself. Not that there wasn’t a lot of Biden fandom online.
“Kevin McCarthy went to the White House to negotiate with ‘Sleepy Joe Biden’, but he met with Dark Brandon instead. Dark Brandon woke his ass up!” one Twitter user wrote, referencing the liberal meme that imagines Biden as a supernaturally powerful politician.
While another responded to criticism from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: “Hey small man, can you name any of these failures that President Biden has supposedly had? Because what the majority of the country sees is a guy doing an incredible job repairing the damage from the fourth failed Republican administration in a row since 1980.”
Here are a few of the many other pro-Biden tweets:
But their praise was met by some naysayers who still went with low blows about Biden’s age.
Now that the debt ceiling bill was approved by the Senate, Biden is set to sign it Saturday, just two days before the Treasury Department warned that the country would go into default. The agreement raises the debt limit until 2025 and and gives legislators budget targets for the next two years.
“Passing this budget agreement was critical. The stakes could not have been higher,” Biden said, adding, “Nothing would have been more catastrophic” than defaulting on the country’s debt.
Pundants on both sides of the aisle have been critical of the agreement that was hashed out between Biden and McCarthy, with all parties saying the lawmakers negotiated away too much.