White House Attempt to Brag About Social Security Backfires When CNN and Politico Call Out 'Stupendous Self-Own'


When a leftist president gets called out by fellow leftists at CNN and Politico, you know he’s lost control of the narrative somewhere along the way.

That’s the situation President Joe Biden found himself in Wednesday morning after a tweet so disingenuous, even this allies in the establishment media couldn’t cover for him.

The president — or whatever minion he has run social media for him — tried to take credit Tuesday for “the biggest increase in [seniors’] Social Security checks in 10 years,” crediting the rise on Biden’s “leadership.”

My first thought when I saw that was that it’s been much longer than 10 years. My second thought: “Wow, you’ve got to have some guts to try to pull off a psyop of that magnitude.” (OK, I didn’t actually think “guts.” I inserted a Spanish word instead. But this is a family website.)

Republicans, Dem Senator Revolt, Hit Back at Schumer for Changing Dress Code for Fetterman

If you take my initial thought, remove the psychological operations reference from my military background and replace it with preferred journalistic lingo, wonkify it a little and add a link to back up your claim because you know you work for a news outlet that people stopped trusting circa 1998, you’d get something like CNN senior reporter Daniel Dale’s take.

Tomato, tomahto. The point is, of course, that, yes, Social Security check amounts are up considerably, and, yes, that’s due to Biden’s leadership — but it’s to his blame, not to his credit.

Has inflation caused difficulties for you and your family?

Social Security benefits have since 1975 been pegged to inflation, the so-called Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA. Biden’s policies have generated inflation that the U.S. hasn’t seen for decades, and thus, the largest entitlement check bump in recent memory.

Politico got it, arguing that the White House’s psyop — or spin, if you prefer — only added to the messaging confusion in the week before Election Day, a confusion that many “notable Democrats” say is contributing to a mounting red wave this year.

“THIS ISN’T HELPING [emphasis in the original] — On Tuesday afternoon, the following message was posted to the White House Twitter account: ‘Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership.’ But by connecting the COLA hike to presidential leadership, the Biden Twitter shop executed a truly stupendous self-own. For nearly 50 years, Social Security benefit hikes have been pegged to the Consumer Price Index — i.e., inflation. So, congrats?”

Again, that’s Politico. Not Newsmax or The Western Journal or even Fox News. When Politico tells a Democrat that his people just “executed a truly stupendous self-own,” you know that “truly stupendous” is an understatement. The best Politico could do with it was blame “the Biden Twitter shop” for the disaster, rather than the president himself.

Leaked Images Show What Biden Admin Plans to Hand Out to Illegals at Border

I’m sure that’ll fix it.

The responses on Twitter were about what you’d expect.

A few replies pointed out that even if he were responsible for higher benefit amounts, Biden was also at least partly to blame for lower net check amounts, because he had twice helped to lead efforts to make Social Security benefits taxable.

That claim was fact checked by D.C.’s WUSA during the 2020 election and found to be true.

“In 1983, Joe Biden joined a bipartisan effort to make 50% of Social Security benefits taxable, for those above a certain income,” the outlet wrote after a viewer emailed to ask about the claim. “This new revenue would go towards the Social Security Trust Fund.

“In 1993, Biden joined a partisan effort to narrowly pass an ‘Omnibus Bill,’ mostly focused on lowering the deficit. Included in this large package was a bill that changed the level of taxable Social Security benefits from 50% to 85%. This new revenue would be directed to a trust fund for Medicare.”

But no one should be surprised to learn that; it’s how so-called “progressive” policies always work: The left giveth, and the left taketh away.

UPDATE, Nov. 3, 2022: The White House tweet was deleted Wednesday. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked why during a news conference Wednesday, and she said it was “incomplete.” “Look, the tweet was not complete. Usually, when we put out a tweet, we post it with context, and it did not have that context,” Jean-Pierre said.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,
George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
Foxborough, Massachusetts
Beta Gamma Sigma
B.A., English, UNCG; M.A., English, UNCG; MBA, UNCG
North Carolina
Languages Spoken
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Business, Leadership and Management, Military, Politics