There is a dynamic that I have learned over the years with many so called leaders, it is more about show than substance. They need to give the perception of leadership and progress so they pick on some nice little themes that play well on TV. This seems like one of those. I would say this describes most politicians and leaders today honestly which is not real leadership but a facade.
The tone of that article would be completely different were Trump still in office. Pure speculation on my part for sure but it is interesting to watch how things are reported. Biden admin not wanted to paint a rosier picture to manage how people react. Under Trump that is lying. Not so under Biden. Same end goal was to manage peoples behaviors.