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Democrats are worried that Joe Biden's presidency is at an inflection point where his a...
Democrats are worried that Joe Biden Joe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE's presidency is at an inflection point where his administration risks being defined by a series of negative and disturbing images from Afghanistan and the border.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and the Biden White House wants its image to be one of professionals restoring order, empathy and compassion after what Democrats say was the chaos, dysfunction and cold-heartedness of the Trump years.

The early months of Biden's first year in office mostly went according to script, but things have started to come off the rails as the stark footage from the border and Afghanistan, two consistently difficult issues for the president, crystalize in the public view.

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Video and photos from Afghanistan last month depicted agonizing scenes of people climbing onto military aircrafts to escape. One video, which went viral on Twitter, appeared to show people falling to their death from the undercarriage of a plane.

And this week, the administration has had to respond to images of Border Patrol agents on horseback rounding up Haitian refugees on the Texas-Mexico border.

In both cases, the White House has taken criticism from erstwhile allies in addition to Republicans, and officials have had to defend themselves and the policies from the same charges frequently leveled at the Trump administration of incompetence and callousness.

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