President Joe Biden says he has significantly improved the economy, but Americans are too negatively impacted by the pandemic to realize they should be happy about it.

During an interview with progressive podcaster Brian Tyler Cohen, Biden was asked to address the frustration that some Democrats are feeling over the party’s agenda not moving forward quickly enough.

Biden replied by declaring the psychological toll of COVID is keeping Americans from seeing how much better he’s made life for them.

“There’s a phenomenal negative psychological impact that COVID has had on the public psyche. And so you have an awful lot of people who are, notwithstanding the fact that things have gotten so much better for them economically, that they are thinking, but, how do you get up in the morning feeling happy? Happy that everything’s alright.”

His statements come as a key indicator of inflation showed yet another increase in prices. Americans are also bracing for even more economic uncertainty brought by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia is a large global producer of oil and disruption to its output through sanctions or spite could send already high prices up even further.

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