During Tuesday's White House press conference, Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to make a joke in response to questioning regarding the supply chain chaos affecting the country. But it came at the expense of Americans.
"It was clear in March of 2020 when COVID hit that the supply chains across the world had been disrupted. Even as as the sort of work to fight back against COVID proceeded, people — it was crystal clear that things were not improving on supply chain. People couldn't get dishwashers and furniture and treadmills delivered on time, not to mention all sorts of other things. So why did —" a reporter began to ask.
"The tragedy of the treadmill that's delayed," Psaki quipped, clearly believing this to be not a reasonable concern.
During the pandemic, many gyms were closed and took months to reopen. Americans who attempted to remain healthy, but were barred from working out in gyms, or in some places, ordered not to leave their homes, endeavored to work out at home. Lots of people tried to buy at-home workout equipment, or bicycles, both of which were in incredibly short supply. Obesity is considered a comorbidity that contributes to death from COVID-19.
Psaki blamed the snarls in global supply chains on people having more money to buy more products.
"The Port of Long Beach yesterday saw this new record broken, 100 vessels at anchor waiting to enter normally frequent, but they're seeing 17 ships give or take at anchor is the President satisfied… where things stand?" one reporter asked.
"The President is satisfied that progress continues to be made," said Psaki.
"And one of the reasons that there has been so much traffic in a lot of these ports is because there are more goods that are being ordered by people across the country. People have more money expendable resources, their wages are up more people are working than they were a year ago. And if you — port to port it's different but statistically some of these ports have 20 percent, 30 percent increased volume as a result of that," said Psaki.