Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at Biden cleaning up Trump’s mess

President Joe Biden (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Seth Meyers took A Closer Look at President Joe Biden’s executive orders and the Republican response

President Joe Biden didn’t waste any time getting to work, signing a number of executive orders designed to address the pandemic and undo his predecessor’s policies. As Seth Meyers explained in “A Closer Look,” it was the start we needed despite getting a predictable response from Republicans.

It’s clear that President Biden is eager to leave former President Donald Trump in the past. His administration is looking ahead and trying to manage the pandemic as best as possible given where we are today. Some of President Trump’s most controversial policies have also been targeted through President Biden’s executive orders.

Meanwhile, Late Night with Seth Meyers isn’t ready to let anyone forget that the situation we are in is a direct result of President Trump’s shortcomings. Meyers spent a year calling out the Trump administration’s mishandling of the pandemic. Then there was just about everything else that President Trump did or said that Meyers condemned or ridiculed.

Last night on Late Night, Meyers used “A Closer Look” to examine President Biden’s first day in office. He also pushed back against Republicans who seem unwilling to cooperate.

Seth Meyers says that the scale of the problems facing America can’t be overstated

“A Closer Look” quickly sums up some of the significant problems facing President Joe Biden as he takes office. The pandemic is the worst it has ever been, there are fewer jobs than four years ago, and systemic problems became worse. President Biden has a lot of work to do but Seth Meyers found that there are already Republicans ready to stand in the way.

Enter Senator Ted Cruz. It looks like Sen. Cruz is positioned to be public enemy #1 for late night hosts. Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Meyers have all ramped up their insults on Sen. Cruz since the election. Meyers set the bar pretty high here, calling Ted Cruz a “gym sock full of mayonnaise” among other things.

Then there came reports that the Trump administration had no plan for a vaccine rollout. It left the Biden administration in a difficult situation, essentially starting from scratch.

But Meyers also sounds optimistic. He points to Dr. Anthony Fauci returning to White House press briefings and looking happier than ever, how Senators such as Bernie Sanders can address how billionaires made more money during the pandemic, and that changes can be made on issues such as the filibuster.

So “A Closer Look” is not ready to forget which Republicans or which Fox News personalities contributed to the mess President Biden inherited. But like the new president, Seth Meyers can also keep an eye on a more hopeful future.

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