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Jonathan Bernstein

For Presidents, Sometimes the Best Move Is No Move at All

Biden wisely resisted pressure a few months ago to replace his chief of staff, Ron Klain.

Still in the job.

Still in the job.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

One of President Joe Biden’s key skills is avoiding panic when things are looking down. We’re beginning to see just how important his coolheadedness has become to his presidency.

Biden has been getting a wave of positive media coverage over the last couple of months pegged to several events: His signature climate and health care initiative was signed into law along with several other pieces of legislation; gasoline prices are dropping and inflation appears to have peaked, while the job market remains healthy; and his foreign policy in Ukraine is well-regarded and far more successful so far than anyone expected.