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That’s if we can afford Thanksgiving, Joe! GOP blasts White House for bizarre talking points to parry your uncle at dinner table listing Biden’s accomplishments in office — including ‘handling’ crippling inflation
- White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain has cut Thanksgiving talking points out of the way
- ‘President Biden’s Top Performance for Chatting with Your Uncle on Thanksgiving’
- List contains ‘tackling inflation & reducing costs’
- It also mentions the Inflation Reduction Act and calls the Congress GOP ‘EXTREME’
- Barack Obama encouraged people to bring up Obamacare over holiday meals in a November 2013 tweet
- It came midway through a week in which Biden pardoned a couple of turkeys named Chocolate and Chip and served meals to troops in North Carolina
- Biden spends Thanksgiving at the Nantucket estate of private equity billionaire David Rubenstein
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain wants Biden supporters armed with table talk about the Inflation Reduction Act and a plunge in gas prices in case they end up in a drunken tête-à-tete over Thanksgiving dinner with “that uncle’.
To make things easier, Klain and the White House handed out a list of Biden’s “best achievements for chatting with your uncle on Thanksgiving.”
It came in the form of a fall-themed digital flyer detailing some of his signature accomplishments and a few that are far from being fulfilled.
“One last item for your Thanksgiving dinner: some talking points when ‘that uncle’ ‘comes to you’ about @POTUS,” Klain wrote on Twitter, a platform that itself has featured angry clashes over Covid, Donald Trump and Biden himself.
It came midway through a week in which Biden pardoned a pair of turkeys named Chocolate and Chip and served meals to troops in North Carolina before heading to Nantucket for the holidays.
Say uncle! The White House sent ‘talking points’ to help deal with ‘that uncle’ at the Thanksgiving dinner table, in a year when Americans are battling inflation levels not seen in four decades
Below the images of falling leaves are some of the rules Biden himself relied on to deal with his Republican attackers ahead of the November election — though it’s not clear how to tell a MAGA uncle that “Republicans being in Congress EXTREME’ is transitioning between starchy side dishes at a meal of mixed ideology.
The top entry credits Biden with “addressing inflation and cutting costs,” noting that gas prices have fallen $1.35 since June — though that comes after a spike that sent ripples through the economy and pushed gas prices to a top concern in the elections.
That came as the core consumer price index reached levels not seen in four decades.
It mentions bipartisan gun safety legislation, but not Biden’s inability to push through an assault weapons ban amid GOP opposition. It mentions the GOP’s push for a national ban on abortion, though the Democrats haven’t yet found the votes to pass their own bill through the Senate codifying Roe v. Wade abortion protections amid a GOP filibuster
The White House spent Wednesday pitching Thanksgiving “talking points.”
The guidance comes after an election that saw Biden reverse historic trends amid low approval ratings and concerns about the economy and inflation
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said guidance was for meals with ‘that uncle’
Klain tweeted the talking points on Wednesday
Klain, a veteran of the Obama White House, may have taken an example from his old boss, who tweeted about using the holiday to score points amid deep tension over Obamacare.
“If your loved ones get together this holiday season, don’t forget to talk to them about health insurance,” Obama wrote in a 2013 tweet.
Republicans pounced on the White House’s new proposal.
“If you have to use Biden WH talking points at a family dinner, you’ve already lost all the argument you’re in,” wrote Republican National Committee deputy national press secretary Will O’Grady.
Steve Guest, a senior adviser to Senator Ted Cruz, wrote, “Here’s factual facts for that uncle: The average cost of a Thanksgiving meal has skyrocketed under Joe Biden. 2020: $46.90 2021: $53.31 2022: $64.06.”
The Farm Bureau’s annual survey found that the price of a turkey costs 20 percent, although there are some indications that the way it collected data — informal surveys conducted in October — may have pushed the price above last week’s $1 per pound for a frozen bird.