From one July Fourth to the next, a steep slide for Biden

  • FILE - President Joe Biden listens during a virtual meeting with Democratic governors on the issue of abortion rights, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, July 1, 2022, in Washington. Biden is marking his second Fourth of July since taking office with a far different political atmosphere than the first. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

  • FILE - President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden view fireworks during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2021, in Washington. Last Fourth of July, Biden gathered hundreds of people outside the White House for an event that would have been unthinkable for many Americans the previous year. With the coronavirus in retreat, they ate hamburgers and watched fireworks over the National Mall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

  • President Joe Biden speaks during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2021, in Washington. Last Fourth of July, Biden gathered hundreds of people outside the White House for an event that would have been unthinkable for many Americans the previous year. With the coronavirus in retreat, they ate hamburgers and watched fireworks over the National Mall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON — Last Fourth of July, President Joe Biden gathered hundreds of people outside the White House for an event that would have been unthinkable for many Americans the previous year. With the coronavirus in retreat, they ate hamburgers and watched fireworks over the National Mall.