Biden takes jab at Trump in celebratory infrastructure speech
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In his "victory lap" speech Saturday morning, celebrating the passage of a much-needed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, President Joe Biden couldn't help but take a jab at his predecessor by referencing a long-running joke about Donald Trump's failure to do what he just did in ten months that Trump never delivered on in four years in office.

Standing at the lectern, Biden laughed and stated "Finally! Infrastructure week! I'm so happy to say that! Infrastructure week!"

He added, "I don't think it's an exaggeration to suggest that we took a monumental step forward as a nation. We learned that our economy created 5.6 million jobs since we took office on January 20th. Recent unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, two full years earlier than the vast majority of economists projected that would happen. And we've just we're just getting started."

As the New York Times reported back in 2019, "Roughly two years after the White House first came up with the idea of discussing, for all of seven days, the pursuit of a bipartisan agreement to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and broadband networks, President Trump more or less torpedoed those plans on Wednesday in a Rose Garden speech. In the process, he gave Democrats a helpful sound bite when he said he would not pursue a legislative agenda while under investigation by House committees."

The report added, "During the first Infrastructure Week, in June 2017, White House aides dutifully plugged along with topical messaging, hoping to distract from more pressing controversies, until Mr. Trump closed out a Rose Garden event by accusing James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, of committing perjury in his congressional testimony about the president's behavior during an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia."

You can see an excerpt from Biden's speech below: