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Biden has become cursing mad over his polling numbers and impatient with staff who try to insulate him from the public

President Joe Biden in a meeting at the White House on March 15, 2024.
President Joe Biden in a meeting at the White House.Evan Vucci/AP
  • President Joe Biden is mad about his low polling numbers despite his economic successes.

  • He yelled and swore at his aides amid his frustrations, NBC News reported.

  • Biden also resisted when aides tried to keep him from public events where he could misspeak or trip.

President Joe Biden lost patience with his low polling numbers, sources say.

The president was incensed to the point of shouting and swearing during a meeting at the White House in January during which he was informed of his dipping numbers in battleground states like Michigan and Georgia, a lawmaker told NBC News on the condition of anonymity.

The low numbers stemmed from voters' discontent with Biden's response to the war in Gaza, the lawmaker said. Even so, Biden maintained during the meeting that he was doing what he thought was right in the region, NBC reported.

The latest polls show the president has an approval rating of 38% and a disapproval rating of about 56%, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Biden believes he hasn't received enough credit for his successes with the recovering economy and on prescription drug prices, and he's urged his aides and speechwriters to make his wins plain for all to see during major events like his State of the Union address, NBC reported.

Biden has also been eager to get out in public and tout his record, resisting advice from aides who have tried to shelter him from public view in case he makes a gaffe or stumbles, NBC reported.

"The man's been successful for decades in Congress and became vice president and president," one source who used to work for the administration told NBC. "If you try to change the person, you're making a mistake. Let the president go out there and do his thing."

Another source speaking anonymously told NBC that Biden may be "a little mad at himself for not being more forceful with the staff."

A spokesperson from the White House did not immediately respond to Business a request for comment from Business Insider.

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