The Cost Of Joe Biden’s Ice Cream Has Risen 9.6%. Maybe Now He’ll Start Paying Attention To Inflation

US President Joe Biden carries an ice cream cone as he leaves Jeni's Ice Cream in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2022.
(Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

I scream, you scream, we all scream — especially President Joe Biden — at the rising cost of ice cream.

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a whopper of a Consumer Price Index report showing that year-over-year inflation rose 8.6% in May 2022 — breaking a 40-year record.

Most Americans will pay attention to the fact that in the last year gas rose 48.7%, fuel and oil were up 106.7%, and meat, poultry, and fish rose 13.1%. Biden, however, may start to better understand Americans’ economic woes when realizes that his prized ice cream has gone up 9.6% in price year-over-year.

The report will undoubtedly cause more stress for the president as he struggles to stay afloat in the polls, but also because the self-described “ice cream guy” will now have to pay more money for one of his favorite foods — like all Americans.

On June 2, CNN reported that Biden was grappling with how to be a president because, unlike when he was second-in-command under President Barack Obama, he simply cannot discuss “serious” topics while purchasing frozen dairy treats.

CNN opined: “The country is pulling itself apart, pandemic infections keep coming, inflation keeps rising, a new crisis on top of new crisis arrives daily and Biden can’t see a way to address that while also being the looser, happier, more sympathetic, lovingly Onion-parody inspiring, aviator-wearing, vanilla chip cone-licking guy — an image that was the core of why he got elected in the first place.”

It seems that the state of the union has been a bit of a downer for the president who was looking to leisurely enjoy his late 70s.

“He has to speak to very serious things,” one White House staffer told CNN, “and you can’t do that getting ice cream.”

Yet — strangely enough — if Biden had spent more time getting ice cream in a store, then he would likely see the cost of his cone increasing with each trip.

Maybe then he would begin to understand that rising costs are hurting the American people and forcing them to change their eating habits and other behaviors.

On Monday, The Daily Wire reported that a recent BMO Real Financial Progress Index, a quarterly survey from BMO and Ipsos, revealed that 42% of surveyed adults “are changing how they shop for groceries,” including “opting for cheaper items, avoiding brand names and buying only the essentials.”

The president has maintained that economic anxiety is occurring because — as he told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday — he has not been able to communicate all the wonderful policies that he has enacted for the American people.

It is unclear how Biden would like to be communicating, but it is reasonable to assume that he does not want to start calling small business managers smarta**es as he did in 2010.

As vice president, Biden visited Kopp’s Frozen Custard Shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the video below shows, he entered the store and yelled, “Where’s the ice cream?” After being reminded it was a frozen custard store, he said, “Oh, where’s the custard?” and began to help himself to the tasty product behind the counter.

Upon checkout, Biden asked, “How much do I owe you?” The store manager jokingly replied, “Lower our taxes, and we’ll call it even.” The vice president seemed rankled by the comment.

Biden walked away but moments later returned, and said: “Why don’t you say something nice instead of being such a smarta** all the time?”

Interestingly enough, Biden also allegedly made a similar comment to White House reporters this past week. On Wednesday, Politico reported that there “is growing frustration by the president and his family that he is not receiving the kind of generally more positive coverage they believe he deserves.” The outlet added that Biden took the time to blast reporters aboard Air Force One for not giving him more credit on his economic recovery efforts in an off-the-record meeting.

Some of that credit includes his ability to feel the American people’s pain, apparently. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre often repeats that Biden “understands very personally” how rising prices can impact a family’s budget. The president himself has said he “grew up in a family like many of you where the price of a gallon of gasoline went up, it was discussed at the kitchen table.”

Of course, gas prices were mostly flat during his childhood and that time period in his life was more than 60 years ago.

If he is looking to connect with the American people in a better way about inflation, perhaps he should start paying more attention to rising ice cream prices.

Better yet, he can start enacting actual policies that shrink government spending and which will slow down inflation — including lowering taxes as requested by that Kopp’s Custard manager.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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