Biden’s presidency is often compared to Jimmy Carter’s, with several parallels drawing concern from his campaign team. Recent events in Israel have amplified these comparisons. In Carter’s time, the Iran hostage crisis led to his downfall due to a failure to secure the hostages’ release, and a failed rescue mission. This, along with a perception of a weak and inept administration, contributed to his electoral defeat.
Biden, too, has been dealing with high inflation and controversial government spending increases, mirroring Carter’s economic challenges. Both presidents began with high approval ratings that declined over time.
Carter faced a primary challenge from Ted Kennedy, and Biden had to contend with potential primary opposition from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the lead-up to the presidential election.
The recent conflict in Israel, where Americans have been killed and taken hostage, places a significant responsibility on Biden. The public expects him to hold the terrorists accountable and ensure the safety of American hostages and those affected by the war. However, the Biden administration’s response has been criticized.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s statement about the Middle East’s relative calm before Hamas’ invasion raised eyebrows, and the removal of Robert Malley, who had close ties with Hamas, from his State Department position added to concerns.
The Biden administration’s reluctance to implicate Iran in the Hamas attack on Israel, despite evidence of coordination with Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, has drawn scrutiny. Confronting Iran could escalate regional tensions and impact oil prices, which would affect Biden’s approval ratings. Moreover, the pursuit of a nuclear pact has enriched Iran and raised concerns among voters.
The relaxation of sanctions on Iran has allowed the country to generate substantial oil revenues and strengthen its relationship with China, indirectly funding proxy forces like Hamas.
The situation at the southern border has seen an increase in individuals on the terror watch list being apprehended, heightening concerns. The State Department’s slow evacuation of Americans from Israel, coupled with issues at the Egyptian border, has raised questions about their responsiveness.
While Israel faced war, President Biden continued with his campaign activities. His support for Israel remains firm, but his multitasking approach has been criticized. The president’s focus on a green energy agenda, which includes reducing U.S. oil production, has raised concerns about funding Iran-backed groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
In contrast to Biden, Jimmy Carter suspended his campaigning during the hostage crisis to focus on the captive Americans. This approach, known as the “Rose Garden strategy,” personalized the crisis and highlighted the responsibility of the Oval Office.
The behavior of President Biden, who continued campaigning during the Israel-Gaza conflict, has been criticized as unseemly. The current support for Israel may be tested if the conflict escalates, causing more American casualties, which could impact public perception and hold Biden accountable.