“Extraordinary” is how Lael Brainard, director of the National Economic Council, described the economy to reporters at the White House on Friday. Lael Brainard, director of the National Economic Council, at a Jan. 11 White House briefing. Josh Burg, who owns a glass manufacturing company called Glass Enterprises in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, said the persistently strong economy caught him off guard. Scott Olson / Getty ImagesWhile senior White House officials say they feel more self-assured in making that case, they’re still wary of sounding tone-deaf. The White House insists “Bidenomics” hasn’t been retired as a buzzword.