You expect a certain number of stumbles from a new administration. President Joe Biden’s incoming team professed dismay at having to create a coronavirus vaccine distribution program “from scratch,” due to its predecessor’s handling of the situation, and this week, Biden complained that “we didn’t have” a vaccine when he “came into office.” He promised to deliver over 1 million a day.

But actually, there were 1.6 million vaccinations administered on Inauguration Day, and Biden had received the two doses of the vaccine on Dec. 21 and Jan. 11. It’s easier to achieve your goal if you set the goal posts past a mark already reached.

Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner.

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