It is I your humble writer returned for doing adulting. I would like to thank Halodoc for covering Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s Open Threads…
For Monday, June 6th, 2021, President Biden will have received his daily brief. This afternoon the President will host NATO Secretary General H.E. Jens Stoltenberg. That event is closed to the press.
When Friday’s Open Thread was published President Biden had only two tweets. He added 4 more tweets and 1 retweet giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 6 tweets and 1 retweet.
In one of the tweets from Friday’s Open Thread, he shared a live stream to remarks he offered following the release of the May Jobs Report.
The stream is 11 minutes and 42 seconds long. President Biden starts speaking at the 1 minute and 2 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.
In his first tweet not shared in Friday’s Open Thread, he posts a graph.
It’s easy to fact check former Still an Asshole’s Jobs Report claim in the graph.
The BLS says that in February 2017, 235,000 jobs were created. In March 2017 the BLS says that 98,000 jobs were created. For April 2017 the BLS says 211,000 jobs were created. And then the 4th month which would be May 2017 the BLS says 138,000 jobs were created. That gives former Still an Asshole 682,000 jobs created in the first 4 months of his one and only term. They did not count January of 2017 since he wasn’t sworn in until mid-January. I found the past jobs reports here, the reason the Reagan claim is harder to verify, the archive only dates back to 1994.
President Biden shares a video clip that makes the same-ish claim as the tweeted graph.
President Biden (1:10): This morning, we learned that, in May, our economy created 559,000 new jobs, unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, and wages went up for American workers. That means we have now created over 2 million jobs in total since I took office — more jobs than have ever been created in the first four months of any presidency in modern history, triple the rate of my predecessor, eight times the rate of President Reagan.
Two points I’d like to make for what it’s worth: First, with the job creation right now, it is hard to determine how many “new” jobs are being added or how many old jobs are just being brought back with “new” workers. That’s not exactly job creation that’s just opening back up the economy after the pandemic. Second, it’s not exactly fair to go ways back to President Reagan’s numbers, since the economy as a whole as changed so much. For example; while searching out the Reagan numbers I found this New York Times article published on Saturday, February 7th, 1981, discussing the jobs report, it mentions the DOW.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.54 points, to 952.30, as investors reacted favorably to President Reagan’s economic speech. Advancing issues on the New York Stock Exchange outnumbered declines by a ratio of 9 to 5, with computer, defense, high-technology and oil-service stocks posting increases. Volume remained moderate at 45.8 million shares.New York Times. 02/07/1981 Section 2. Pg. 33.
See what I’m getting at? The DOW on Friday closed at 34,695.31. So, in fairness trying to same same President Biden’s and President Reagan’s records, is just to me like comparing apples to oranges. At least as far as the economy goes.
For his next tweet he explained why he was wearing an orange tie and urged Congress to take action on gun violence in hopes it would “save lives.”
After he urges Congress to stop being so dysfunctional he goes back to talking about the economy by sharing another graph.
It says the source of the graph is the BLS, I cannot find the same graph at BLS, but that is probably operator error.
For Saturday, June 5th, 2021, he tweeted 4 times and retweeted 1 time.
The White House published the following statement:
Forty years ago today, five young men in Los Angeles were confirmed as the first known patients stricken with an illness that the world would later come to know as AIDS. In the decades since, more than 700,000 Americans and 32.7 million people worldwide have been lost to AIDS-related illnesses – a heartbreaking human toll that has disproportionately devastated LGBTQ+ communities, communities of color, and underserved and marginalized people around the world.
On the 40th year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we remember the lives that were cut short by this terrible disease – including so many whose pain went unacknowledged for far too long. We also celebrate the resilience and dignity of the over 38 million people worldwide, including approximately 1.2 million Americans, living with HIV.
Thanks to the tireless dedication of activists, scientific researchers, and medical professionals, we have made tremendous progress to advance HIV research, prevention, treatment, and care. And after years of neglect, discrimination, fear-mongering, and limited action by government officials and the public, America has grown to become a leading force in the fight to end the HIV crisis. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – and as the largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria – the U.S. has invested more than $85 billion since 2002 to support HIV programs around the world, including $250 million provided in my American Rescue Plan to address the impacts of COVID-19 on our progress in the fight against HIV. All told, these efforts are estimated to have saved more than 20 million lives globally. To help accelerate and strengthen our efforts to end the HIV epidemic in the United States, I have requested $670 million from Congress, an increase of $267 million over previous levels, to aggressively reduce new HIV cases by increasing access to treatment, expanding the use of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and ensuring equitable access to services free from stigma and discrimination.
Despite the progress we’ve made, our work is not yet finished. In honor of all those we have lost and all those living with the virus – and the selfless caregivers, advocates, and loved ones who have helped carry the burden of this crisis – we must rededicate ourselves to reducing HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. We must continue empowering researchers, scientists, and health care providers to ensure equitable access to prevention, care, and treatment in every community – particularly for communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community. And we must provide moral leadership to eradicate the stigma and discrimination still faced by those living with HIV, rededicating ourselves to continuing the vital work of ending this epidemic once and for all.White House.gov. 06/05/2021.
He next shares a video that features former President Obama.
The video is 3 minutes long. I’ve decided in fairness to myself and you dear reader, I will not be transcribing the video. You’re welcome.
After he shared his On the Line conversation with President Obama he praises again the economy under his administration.
For his last tweet on Saturday he shares a video of himself speaking to the Class of 2021.
The video is 2 minutes and 46 seconds long. I’ve also decided against transcribing this video.
For Sunday, June 6th, 2021, he tweeted 2 times and retweeted 0 times.
For his first tweet on Sunday he shares a 1 minute video of his meeting with Tulsa Massacre Survivors.
The tweeted text is taken from his remarks he offered from June 1st, 2021, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Because in silence wounds deepen. And only–as painful as it is, only in remembrance do wounds heal. We just have to choose to remember. We memorialize what happened here in Tulsa so it can be–so it can’t be erased.White House.gov. 06/02/2021 (the remarks are from 06/01/2021).
For his second and last tweet on Sunday he shares a photo of himself.
It’s a visual push for the American Jobs Plan.
For Monday, June 7th, 2021, he has so far tweeted one time. It’s like a combo brag tweet plus an American Jobs Plan tweet in one.
The White House issued the following statement on President Biden’s calls with Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
The President spoke to Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Chairman Peter DeFazio today.
Senator Capito conveyed to the President a new offer from her group which consisted of an about $50 billion increase in spending across a number of infrastructure programs. The President expressed his gratitude for her effort and goodwill, but also indicated that the current offer did not meet his objectives to grow the economy, tackle the climate crisis, and create new jobs. He indicated to Senator Capito that he would continue to engage a number of Senators in both parties in the hopes of achieving a more substantial package. They agreed to speak again on Monday.
The President also spoke to Chairman DeFazio to thank him for all his hard work on key elements of the American Jobs Plan, and to offer his support for the Committee mark-up that Chairman DeFazio will begin on Wednesday. The President and Chairman DeFazio agreed on the benefits of continued engagement with Democratic and Republican Senators as the House work on infrastructure advances this coming week.White House.gov. 06/04/2021.
The White House press briefing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. D.C., time and will feature special guest National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.