On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that President Joe Biden’s poor approval numbers on his handling of Ukraine are a reflection of partisanship and “we’re just not as resilient a country as we were when you could get beyond party labels.”

Host Judy Woodruff stated, “48% — by 11 points people disapprove of his handling, compared to 37% approve. But when you ask people what about the specifics of the administration’s policy, namely, should we be sending armed forces, 70% say no. That’s the president’s policy. Should we provide weapons? 72% say yes. That’s the president’s policy. Enforce the no-fly zone, 52%, small majority, say no. That’s the president’s policy. So, there is a contradiction, what do we make of all this?”

Brooks responded, “My view is, if you asked the American people, what do you think of President Biden’s policy toward beautiful sunsets? 85% of the American people will say, no, I really disapprove of President Biden’s policy toward beautiful sunsets. We live in a partisan era. When you attach the name Biden or Trump or Republican or Democrat to anything, you get instant opposition. So, it’s nothing more than a measure of partisanship. The question is, if we were really in trouble…we get to another step in this war, could we unify? After 9/11, if I’m remembering this correctly, George W. Bush’s approval rating was like 92%. It was something insanely high. Could we ever imagine that again? It’s very hard to imagine that. And that means we’re just not as resilient a country as we were when you could get beyond party labels.”


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