Biden’s First 100 Day’s; Thursday’s Open Thread

Pardon Our Mess. Photo by Marty Mankins.

It’s Thursday.

The day has come where I say today is President Joe Biden’s 99th day in office, and everyone else, say’s it’s the 100th day. But that’s alright, we’ll just go with it.

For day 99/100– The President will have received his daily brief, before he hits the road to Georgia to celebrate his 100th day in Office.

While in Georgia he will meet with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. This evening President Biden and his wife First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will participate in a drive-in car rally.

As the News Blender featured on Wednesday, President Biden held his first Joint-Address to Congress. Well, because he did, there are billions of tweets!

Not really billions, obviously, but a fair few in number indeed!

For Wednesday President Biden had tweeted 2 times and retweeted 0 times, when Wednesday’s Open Thread had posted. He added a 1 tweet just before his speech before Congress which was featured in last night’s thread. During his speech his account tweeted 18 times. After his speech he issued 2 more tweets. I’m going to do the math so you don’t have too. For Wednesday President Biden’s Twitter Account tweeted 23 times and retweeted 0 times.

On the plus-side, all of his tweets focus on his speech, on the downside, there are 23 of them.

Good luck, everyone!

First things first, here is the full speech via The White House YouTube channel.

His remarks as prepared for delivery can be found here.
His remarks as delivered can be found here.

Using both my timestamp and the White House’s we agree the speech started at 9:06 p.m. D.C., time.

3 minutes later the @POTUS Twitter account issued the first of the 18 tweets that were sent during his speech.

9:09 p.m. D.C., time he says “America is on the move again.”

President Biden (3:11) Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again.

9:11 p.m. D.C., time he says “100 days ago, America’s house was on fire.”

President Biden (4:23): One hundred days ago, America’s house was on fire.  We had to act. And thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Speaker Pelosi; Malor- — Majority Leader Schumer; and the overwhelming support of the American people — Democrats, independents, and Republicans — we did act. Together we passed the American Rescue Plan — one of the most consequential rescue packages in American history.  We’re already seeing the results. We’re already seeing the results. After I promised we’d get 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots into people’s arms in 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million COVID shots in those 100 days. 

President Biden (8:52): 160 million checks out the door. 

President Biden (10:12): That’s why the Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger, and hunger is down sharply already. We’re also providing rental assistance — you all know this, but the American people, I want to make sure they understand — keeping people from being evicted from their homes, providing loans to small businesses to reopen and keep their employees on the job.

9:14 p.m. D.C., time he says “Tonight, I can say because of you…”

President Biden (8:14): But tonight I can say it: Because of you, the American people, our progress these past 100 days against one of the worst pandemics in history has been one of the greatest logistical achievements — logistical achievements this country has ever seen.

9:15 p.m. D.C., time he says “it’s making all the difference in the world.”

President Biden (8:40): We kept our commitment — *Democrats and Republicans — of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American householdsWe’ve already sent more than one — 160 million checks out the door.  It’s making the difference.  You all know it when you go home.  For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world.

*No Republican supported the American Rescue Plan. In the House 2 Democrats also didn’t support the plan.*

9:18 p.m. D.C., time he says “America is moving forward — and we can’t stop now.”

President Biden (11:28): And in the process, while this was all going on, the economy created more than *1,300,000 new jobs in 100 days — more jobs in the first–more jobs in the first 100 days than any President on record. The International Monetary Fund — the International Monetary Fund is now estimating our economy will grow at a rate of more than 6 percent this year.  That will be the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in nearly four decades. America is moving — moving forward — but we can’t stop now

9:26 p.m. D.C., time he says “Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic growth for years to come.”

President Biden (20:14): *Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to economic growth in the years to come.  It is a — it is an eight-year program.  These are good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. 

*April 6th, 2021, Glenn Kessler with the Washington Post fact-checked a similar claim made by President Biden, he gave President Biden Two Pinocchios saying that President Biden was exaggerating the Moody’s Analytics report that was published right after the American Jobs Plan was announced. He notes that the White House did offer clarification to the exaggeration adding that he felt President Biden would be better offer saying “that Moody’s estimates that nearly 2.7 million jobs would be created by the infrastructure plan.”

9:28 p.m. D.C., time he says “Let’s pass the $15 minimum wage.”

President Biden (21:33): And, by the way, while you’re thinking about sending things to my desk — let’s raise the minimum wage to $15. No one — no one working 40 hours a week — no one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line.

9:32 p.m. D.C., time he says “Doing nothing on infrastructure is not an option.”

President Biden (26:08): But the rest of the world is not waiting for us.  I just want to be clear: From my perspective, doing nothing is not an option. Look, we can’t be so busy competing with one another that we forget the competition that we have with the rest of the world to win the 21st century.

9:34 p.m. D.C., time he says “To win the competition for the future, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families”

President Biden (27:25): To win that competition for the future, in my view, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children.  That’s why I’ve introduced the American Families Plan tonight, which addresses four of the biggest challenges facing American families and, in turn, America.

9:35 p.m. D.C., time he says “12 years is no longer enough to compete in the 21st century.”

President Biden (28:39): Twelve years is no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in the 21st Century. That’s why my American Families Plan guarantees four additional years of public education for every person in America, starting as early as we can. The great universities of this country have conducted studies over the last 10 years.  It shows that adding two years of universal high-quality preschool for every three-year-old and four-year-old, no matter what background they come from, it puts them in the position to be able to compete all the way through 12 years.  It increases exponentially their prospect of graduating and going on beyond graduation. The research shows when a young child goes to school — not daycare — they are far more likely to graduate from high school and go to college or something after high school. When you add two years of free community college on top of that, you begin to change the dynamic. We can do that. 

6:43 p.m. D.C., time he says that “A recent study shows that 55 of the nation’s biggest corporations paid zero in federal income tax last year.”

President Biden (36:41): A recent study shows that 55 of the nation’s biggest corporations paid zero federal tax last year.  Those 55 corporations made in excess of $40 billion in profit.  A lot of companies also evade taxes through tax havens in Switzerland and Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.  And they benefit from tax loopholes and deductions for offshoring jobs and shifting profits overseas.  It’s not right

9:46 p.m. D.C., time he says that “Trickle-down economics has never worked”

President Biden (40:40): My fellow Americans, trickle-down — trickle-down economics has never worked and it’s time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out

*I can’t yes or no, as I was just a kid in the 80’s, but I will say based on a outside opinion based on reading things that in fairness, trickle-down wasn’t allowed enough time for us to know if it would have worked or not worked. As it was based on free-market running without so much government interference. This did not happen, IMO, the government interfered*

9:51 p.m. D.C., time he says that “No responsible American president an remain silent when basic human rights are violated.”

President Biden (45:31) I told him what I’ve said to many world leaders: that America will not back away from our commitments — our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms and to our alliances. And I pointed out to him: No responsible American President could remain silent when basic human rights are being so blatantly violated.

10:03 p.m. D.C., time he says “This shouldn’t be a Red vs. Blue issue. It’s an American issue.”

President Biden (56:21): And I will do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence, but it’s time for Congress to act as well. Look, I don’t want to become confrontational but we need more Senate Republicans to join the overwhelming majority of Democrat colleagues and close the loopholes requiring a background check on purchases of guns.  We need a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  And don’t tell me it can’t be done.  We did it before, and it worked. Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters. They’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having 100 rounds in a weapon.  What do you think — deer are wearing Kevlar vests?  (Laughter.)  They’ll tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun but shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including many gun owners.  The country supports reform and is — and Congress should act. This shouldn’t be a red or blue issue. And no amendment to the Constitution is absolute.  You can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater.  From the very beginning, there were certain guns, weapons, that could not be owned by Americans.  Certain people could not own those weapons ever. We’re not changing the Constitution; we’re being reasonable.  I think this is not a Democrat or Republican issue; I think it’s an American issue.

10:04 p.m. D.C., time he says that “It’s time to fix it.”

President Biden (58:14): And here’s what else we can do: Immigration has always been essential to America.  Let’s end our exhausting war over immigration.  For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform, and we’ve done nothing about it.  It’s time to fix it.

10:07 p.m. D.C., time he says “If we are to truly restore the soul of America, then we need to protect the sacred right to vote.”

President Biden (1:00:52): And if we truly want to restore the soul of America, we need to protect the sacred right to vote.  Most people–more people voted in the last presidential election than any time in American history, in the middle of the worst pandemic ever.  It should be celebrated.  Instead, it’s being attacked. Congress should pass H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and send it to my desk right away. The country supports it.  The Congress should act now.

10:09 p.m. D.C., time he says that “We’re vaccinating the nation.”

President Biden (1:03:09): In our first 100 days together, we have acted to restore the people’s faith in democracy to deliver. We’re vaccinating the nation. We’re creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. We’re delivering real results to people; they can see it and feel it in their own lives. Opening doors of opportunity, guaranteeing some more fairness and justice — that’s the essence of America.  That’s democracy in action.

We made it to the end of his speech which the White House and I agree ended at 10:12 p.m. D.C., time.

He doesn’t stop tweeting, he offered 2 more tweets, posted at 10:54 p.m. and 11:08 p.m. D.C., time.

President Biden (4:00) After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff, in my view.  We’re working again, dreaming again, discovering again, and leading the world again. We have shown each other and the world that there’s no quit in America — none.

For Thursday he has tweeted 4 times and retweeted 0 times so far. If you guessed they were all about his speech, you win…

12:25 a.m. D.C., time he shares a 1 minute and 32 second video from his address.

President Biden (1:04:26): As I stand here tonight before you, in a new and vital hour of life and democracy of our nation, and I can say with absolute confidence: I have never been more confident or optimistic about America — not because I’m President, because what’s happening with the American people. Folks, as I told every world leader I’ve ever met with over the years, it’s never ever, ever been a good bet to bet against America, and it still isn’t. We are the United States of America. There is not a single thing — nothing — nothing beyond our capacity.  We can do whatever we set our mind to do if we do it together. So let’s begin to get together. God bless you all, and may God protect our troops.

7:58 a.m. D.C., time he shares a 3 minute and 17 second video montage. This tweet is for now, his pinned tweet.

Warning: The first 7 seconds of the video has flashing images, rapidly flashing.

I’m not going to transcribe the video as it jumps around. It’s just an overview of his first 100 days in office.

8:40 a.m. D.C., time he shares a photo from his address.

President Biden (1:07): Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President—no President has ever said those words from this podium.  No President has ever said those words, and it’s about time.

9:45 a.m. D.C., time he shares another snip from his speech. This video is 15 seconds long.

President Biden(40:40): My fellow Americans, trickle-down — trickle-down economics has never worked and it’s time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out. 

There was an Air Force One press gaggle, I know I listened to some of it, but for some reason, YouTube has ate it. Another note, I did try and fact-check mostly, however, the time it rapidly got away from me. Lucky for us, Daniel Dale does exist and he and a team wrote this fact-check…

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