Doug Mills—The New York Times/Redux
May 23, 2022 6:32 AM EDT

In his first 16 months as President, Joe Biden has done exactly what he said he would do if elected—help America overcome an unprecedented pandemic, rebuild a battered economy from the bottom up and middle out so that it works for all of us, and restore our standing in the world.

Under President Biden, Americans have received more than 575 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, schools and businesses have safely reopened, and life is returning to normal. The economy has created 8.3 million jobs—a record at this point in any presidency—and unemployment has been nearly cut in half. Five million more people have gained health insurance. A historic bipartisan infrastructure law will improve our roads and bridges, bring clean water to more communities, and expand affordable broadband. This work will create even more good-paying jobs and improve our competitiveness for years to come.

On the global stage, President Biden has unified our democratic allies across Europe and around the world to isolate Russia and provide military and humanitarian assistance to the brave people of Ukraine, while restoring U.S. leadership on key issues including climate change, democracy, and human rights.

We still face stern tasks, including taming inflation without causing a recession, and combatting violent crime. The usual sound bites and answers that dominate the news won’t help. But a get-the-job-done leader who cares more about the people than the polls, more about winning the future than rewriting history, will. That’s who Joe Biden is. And why I’m glad he’s on the job.

Clinton is the founder of the Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States

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