Biden, the optimist, wrestles with election, other worries


              President Joe Biden waves as he arrives to speak about threats to democracy ahead of next week's midterm elections, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, at the Columbus Club in Union Station, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden waves as he arrives to speak about threats to democracy ahead of next week's midterm elections, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, at the Columbus Club in Union Station, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden waves as he walks to the White House in Washington after returning from a trip to Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
            
              FILE - President Joe Biden smiles as he speaks about infrastructure in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Oct. 19, 2022. Facing a midterm election that will define, and quite possibly constrict, the next two years of his term, President Joe Biden is treading a difficult line. At once he is the optimist, with a fulsome promise of better days ahead, only to then paint a what he sees as a darker portrait of a Congress potentially controlled by hard-right Republicans.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Biden, the optimist, wrestles with election, other worries