“I’m not going to change anything in a fundamental way,” said Biden, adding he didn't foresee a change in course or priorities
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — “This was supposed to be a 'Red Wave" – you guys were talking about us losing 30 to 50 seats,” said President Joe Biden in a rare formal question-&-answer session with reporters Wednesday, talking what some called "a victory lap" to express how clearly pleased he was with the unexpectedly good results for Democrats Tuesday.
Mr. Biden said he was relieved that so many Americans, based on the election results, value democracy highly – and that will enter into his ultimate decision about seeking a second term.
The president also said he was aware that former President Donald Trump was likely to announce another run for the White House soon, but that Mr. Trump's decision by itself would not be the deciding factor on whether and when he announce his own decision.
“I don’t feel in any hurry, one way or another ... no matter what my predecessor does,” Biden said.
Democrats will almost certainly lose the House, but in numbers nowhere close to the two or three dozen that had been projected as late as Monday. And the party could well hold onto the Senate if two of the three incumbent Democrats in Arizona, Nevada and Georgia wind up on top.
Biden’s outcome, nevertheless, is the best for any sitting president since Republican George W. Bush, who in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington picked up eight seats in the House, and two in the Senate in the 2002 Mid-Term Elections.
Democrat Barack Obama lost 63 seats in the House, and six in the Senate in 2010, afterwards noting:
“I’m not recommending for every future president that they take a shellacking like ... I did last night. I’m sure there are easier ways to learn these lessons.”
In his 2nd mid-term in 2014, Mr. Obama lost 13 House seats and nine Democrat senators.
President Trump, in his only midterm election in 2018, lost 41 House seats and picked up two Senate seats.
In the months and weeks prior to Tuesday's election, Biden’s "approval rating" was still seen by most Democrat candidates as too low to be helpful for them – and as something to be avoided.
He did wind up campaigning, but with the one exception of Pennsylvania where he was born, did not visit states with highly competitive Senate races.
“It was a good day, I think, for democracy. And it was a good day for America,” Biden said in remarks at the hastily-called news conference in the State Dining Room.
“I’m not going to change anything in a fundamental way. There’s a lot of things that are just starting to kick in,” he said, adding that he did not foresee changing course on his priorities.