And yet, that actually happened on Thursday.
“When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President’s term ever recorded,” the White House’s verified Twitter account wrote.
To begin with, the millions of jobs created are some of the jobs that were idled during 2020 while COVID was raging and coming back online. Secondly, the number of “jobless” has dropped due to millions of people dropping out of the workforce for one reason or another.
But that is not what was noticed right away.
Observers were quick to point out that the COVID-19 vaccine was, in fact, available when Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021. The same Twitter account even shared a video of then-president-elect Biden getting his second dose a week before Inauguration Day.
” ‘There was no vaccine available’ is very clearly false. More than 3 million Americans were fully vaccinated and more than 18 million had at least one dose by Biden’s Inauguration Day. Biden himself was fully vaccinated,” Dale tweeted. “Obviously became more widely available with time, but.”
When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 12, 2022
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler asked, “Who’s manning the @WhiteHouse Twitter account?”
“Delete this false tweet. Biden himself has said 8% of seniors had gotten the vaccine on the day he took office,” Kessler wrote. “Biden was one of them.”
No mention of the jobs situation, but at least the defenders aren’t blindly rubber-stamping everything coming from the White House.