Joe Biden joked to Jimmy Fallon about his low approval ratings during his first late-night TV interview as president that aired on Friday.
Biden was asked by “The Tonight Show” host during their virtual chat how much he paid attention to his approval ratings, which have sunk since the summer.
“Well, not anymore,” Biden deadpanned in response.
“No, I’m joking,” the president continued. “I paid attention when they’re in the mid-60s, not when they’re in the mid-40s.”
“I appreciate the honesty,” said Fallon. “You came in hot and then you got to medium and now you’re at a low.”
“A lot has happened” since he took office, said Biden, with people “being told that Armageddon’s on the way” when “the truth is the economy’s grown more than it has any time in close to 60 years, the unemployment rate is down to 4.2%” and “it’s going to go lower, in my view.”
Inflation is a concern but “it’s going to come down,” Biden added.
“But in the meantime people are worried and they’re worried about whether or not, you know, they have a brother or sister, uncle or aunt who has gotten COVID and they don’t know what to do about it,” he acknowledged. “There’s a lot of anxiety and my job is to be straightforward, shoot from the shoulder, let people know exactly what the truth is and layout how I’m going to try to make life better for them.”
Watch part one of the interview here:
And the second segment here: