President Joe Biden claimed his achievements one year into office had outstripped expectations, blaming Republicans for the difficulties in moving his legislation forward — even as key Democratic senators are those who stand in his way. “I didn’t overpromise. But I have probably outperformed what anyone thought would happen,” Biden replied to reporters in a news conference Wednesday when asked if a course correction was appropriate. The President used the opportunity of his second White House news conference to tout his successes. [tweet_embed] January 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] “It has to be acknowledged that we made enormous progress,“ Biden declared. He insisted the delays were attributable to Democrats’ political opposition. “One thing I haven’t been able to do is get my Republican friends to get into the game of making things better in this country. “I did not anticipate that there’d be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn’t get anything done.” Biden’s characterization prompted a return to Obama-era messaging, painting Republicans as obstructing progress. “Think about this. What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for,” the President demanded. Biden, however, faces opposition from Democratic senators on his backing for filibuster reform to pass voting rights legislation, and on his spending bills. He conceded that his trillion-dollar social spending legislation might need to be broken down to pass. “I’m confident we can get pieces, big chunks of the Build Back Better bill signed into law,” Biden asserted. [tweet_embed] January 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] According to Gallup, President Biden’s first-year average approval rating was 48.9 percent, which ranked lower than many other Presidents but remained higher than his predecessor, former President Trump. Gallup poll Biden’s approval rating at 13 separate occasions over the course of his first year in office, with an average of 48.9 percent of respondents giving him a positive report. According to Gallup, the President entered office with a strong approval rating of 57 percent in January 2021. Between January and early August, his approval rating ranged between 57 percent and 49 percent, a time when COVID-19 cases were on the decline as more Americans got vaccinated. [tweet_embed] January 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] By the end of August, however, the Biden's approval rating took a turn, notably around the same time of the U.S.’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan that was marked by a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport, which killed 13 American troops. Forty-three percent of those polled gave the President positive marks. His approval rating remained steady between October and December, teetering between 42 percent and 43 percent. An increase in COVID-19 cases and supply chain bottlenecks that drove up prices and inflation nationwide likely stymied an increase in his approval rating.