Joe Biden Not Worried About Inflation or Stock Market Plunge: ‘We’re Going to Be Fine’
President Joe Biden shrugged off the latest unexpectedly high inflation numbers on Tuesday even as they triggered a sudden plunge in the stock market.
“I think we’re going to be fine,” Biden told reporters Tuesday night when asked about the disappointing data release earlier in the day.
The president spoke briefly to reporters after traveling to Delaware from the White House to vote in his home state’s primary election.
When asked by a reporter whether he was worried about the latest inflation numbers, Biden replied, “No, I’m not.”
President Joe Biden speaks with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, after a celebration of the Inflation Reduction Act on September 13th, 2022. (Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Biden dismissed the month-to-month overall inflation number as “one-tenth of 1 percent” from the previous month, even though grocery prices rose 0.7 percent in August, rent rose 0.7 percent, the cost of electricity rose 1.5 percent, and natural gas prices rose 3.5 percent. Inflation from the previous year is up 8.3 percent.
Economists, however, do not share Biden’s optimistic appraisal of the situation.SUBSCRIBE
Former President Barack Obama administration economic adviser Jason Furman, now a Harvard professor, described the numbers as “extremely ugly” and Larry Summers, also a former adviser to Obama at Harvard said the United States had “a serious inflation problem.”
Investors also signaled concern about the latest numbers
The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,276 points on Tuesday in reaction to the unexpected data, suggesting that inflation would remain stubbornly high.