When the Super Bowl kicked off, it was widely reported that President Joe Biden once again declined to participate in the traditional Super Bowl interview for the second consecutive year. The White House's explanation was that the 81-year-old president, who has conducted relatively few interviews during his tenure, opted out due to concerns about his current condition. However, many see this as an avoidance of potential tough questions and scrutiny.
Instead of facing a live interview, Biden released a Super Bowl-themed video just before kickoff, allowing the White House to maintain complete control over the messaging. However, critics argue that this move appears to be an attempt to create a controlled narrative, masking Biden's struggles in leading the country.
Joe Biden's 'shrinkflation' blame game. He wasn't up to a Super Bowl interview. So he tried to get in the game another way… https://t.co/kzsY5GesWw
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 12, 2024
The video addressed an issue Biden referred to as "shrinkflation," focusing on the phenomenon of products containing less content while maintaining the same price. Biden highlighted examples such as fewer chips or cookies in a package, smaller sports drink bottles, and reduced sizes of ice cream cartons, all without a decrease in cost.
Critics view "shrinkflation" as a tactic used by companies to deceive consumers, with Biden positioning himself as a savior addressing this issue. However, what Biden fails to acknowledge is his own policies contributing to inflation, which in turn influences shrinkflation.
As the 2024 elections approach, Biden is attempting to shift blame and evade accountability, blaming Congress for border chaos and accusing companies of deceptive practices contributing to inflation. This strategy, critics argue, is a classic move by Biden to deflect attention from his administration's failures.
Other Democrats, such as Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have also adopted the term "shrinkflation" in their rhetoric, joining Biden in attempting to portray themselves as advocates for consumer protection.
However, critics argue that Biden should hold himself accountable for the consequences of his spending policies, which have exacerbated economic challenges. Despite attempts to spin the narrative, polls indicate that the American people remain skeptical of the administration's claims of economic strength.
In conclusion, while Biden avoided a Super Bowl interview, he engaged in the blame game through the "shrinkflation" narrative. As his popularity wanes, critics anticipate further attempts to deflect responsibility, highlighting the ongoing political theatrics in Washington.