As any student of history knows, a president’s first year in office is often a time of great accomplishment. This is because the president has a “honeymoon period” during which they enjoy widespread support from both the public and Congress. As a result, presidents are often able to push through major legislation during their first year in office. So, who had the better first year — President Biden or Trump?
President Biden focused on policy accomplishments, while Trump focused on personal accomplishments
One way to judge a president’s first year in office is to look at the number of policy accomplishments they were able to achieve. By this measure, President Biden had a very successful first year. He was able to push through a major stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a series of other pieces of legislation that will have a lasting impact on the country. Trump, on the other hand, did not have any major legislative accomplishments during his first year in office.
President Trump’s first year was marked with controversy, while Biden’s was relatively scandal-free
Another way to judge a president’s first year in office is to look at how much controversy they generated. By this measure, Trump had a very unsuccessful first year. He was embroiled in a number of scandals, including the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and his alleged ties to Russia. He also faced allegations of sexual assault and racism. Biden, on the other hand, was relatively scandal-free during his first year in office.
Compare and contrast: President Biden and Trump’s first year in office
When it comes to legislative accomplishments, there’s no doubt that President Biden had a better first year than Trump. In his first 100 days in office, Biden managed to pass several major pieces of legislation, including the American Rescue Plan, which provided relief to Americans suffering from the pandemic. He also signed into law a series of bills that increased funding for the Affordable Care Act, expanded access to voting, and provided relief to families struggling to pay their rent. All told, Biden’s first 100 days were incredibly productive, and he has continued to rack up achievements in the months since then.
Trump, on the other hand, had a much more difficult first year in office. In his first 100 days, Trump was unable to pass any major legislation, and he faced widespread opposition from Congress. He also saw several of his executive orders overturned by the courts, and he was impeached by the House of Representatives. As a result, Trump’s first year was marked by chaos and gridlock, and he was ultimately unable to deliver on many of his promises to the American people.
So, when it comes to their first years in office, there’s no question that Biden had the better year. He passed major legislation, enjoyed widespread support from Congress, and avoided the kind of chaos and gridlock that plagued Trump’s first year. As a result, Biden has been able to make significant progress on his agenda, and he has positioned himself well for the rest of his presidency.