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VIDEO: Biden's first news conference of 2022

President Joe Biden held a rare news conference on Jan. 19, the one-year mark in his presidency, to try to walk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list.

Biden admitted that the pandemic has exhausted and demoralized many Americans in his first year in office. Yet the president defended his administration's efforts on the pandemic and noted the economy is actually surging despite concerns about inflation.

He said he may well have to settle for "big chunks” of his stalled economic agenda being passed into law before the 2022 midterm elections. He stressed that voters would back Democrats in those elections — and support his efforts in the White House — so long as they are well informed. The president stated he planned to work on that this year by traveling the country.

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