President Biden Tweets for Friday’s Open Thread

Pardon Our Mess. Photo by Marty Mankins.

It’s Friday.

For Friday, July 2nd, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. He has already remarked on June Jobs Report released earlier this morning. He has welcomed the L.A. Dodgers to honor their 2020 World Series Championship. He will this afternoon participant in a naturalization ceremony to welcome new citizens to the country. At 5:00 p.m. D.C., time the President and First Lady will offer remarks to National Education Association’s Annual Meeting and Representative.

President Biden has tweeted 4 times so far. And yeah, they are all about the economy.

As the News Blender featured this morning, the BLS released their June Jobs Report that said; the total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 850,000 beating the expected 700,000 jobs experts predicted. Unemployment rose a tick from 5.8 percent to 5.9 percent.

When Thursday’s Open Thread was posted President Biden had tweeted 1 time. He added 3 tweets giving him a Thursday Tweeting Total of 4 tweets and 0 retweets.

He and the First Lady traveled to Surfside, Florida on Thursday to visit with officials, thank first responders, and to privately meet with family members awaiting word on loved ones following a condo building collapse.

His one not related to his visit to Surfside tweet:

The White House published his full statement:

I am deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court that undercuts the Voting Rights Act, and upholds what Justice Kagan called “a significant race-based disparity in voting opportunities.”

In a span of just eight years, the Court has now done severe damage to two of the most important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – a law that took years of struggle and strife to secure. 
After all we have been through to deliver the promise of this Nation to all Americans, we should be fully enforcing voting rights laws, not weakening them. Yet this decision comes just over a week after Senate Republicans blocked even a debate – even consideration – of the For the People Act that would have protected the right to vote from action by Republican legislators in states across the country. 

While this broad assault against voting rights is sadly not unprecedented, it is taking on new forms. It is no longer just about a fight over who gets to vote and making it easier for eligible voters to vote. It is about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all.

Our democracy depends on an election system built on integrity and independence. The attack we are seeing today makes clearer than ever that additional laws are needed to safeguard that beating heart of our democracy. We must also shore up our election security to address the threats of election subversion from abroad and at home.

Today’s decision also makes it all the more imperative to continue the fight for the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore and expand voting protections. The Court’s decision, harmful as it is, does not limit Congress’ ability to repair the damage done today: it puts the burden back on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act to its intended strength.

That means forging a coalition of Americans of every background and political party – from advocates, activists, and business executives – to raise the urgency of the moment and demand that our democracy truly reflects the will of the people and that it delivers for the Nation.

That is what Vice President Harris and I will continue to do. 

This is our life’s work and the work of all of us.

Democracy is on the line.

We can do this together.

White 07/01/2021.

On Thursday, CNN reported that the Supreme Court said that two “provisions of an Arizona voting law that restrict how ballots can be cast do not violate the historic Voting Rights Act that bars regulations that result in racial discrimination.”

The vote was 6-3 with Justice Samuel Alito delivering the majority opinion.

“Neither Arizona’s out-of-precinct rule nor its ballot-collection law violates §2 of the VRA,” Alito wrote. “Arizona’s out-of-precinct rule enforces the requirement that voters who choose to vote in person on election day must do so in their assigned precincts. Having to identify one’s own polling place and then travel there to vote does not exceed the “usual burdens of voting.'”

CNN. 07/01/2021.

Democracy Docket founder and voting rights attorney Marc Elias said via Twitter:

And then this morning to put a finer point on his point:

This is my opinion, not on this ruling, I haven’t read it yet, in full, nor processed the implications. However, we’ve seen gnashing of teeth over the laws passed by Republicans in red states in the hopes they will gain from these laws.

IMO, vote anyway, these laws for sure make it harder, but not impossible. We must work for our vote to count, too bad, that’s life in a Republic. To send the right message, voters must vote, vote those assholes out, in fact, that rule of thumb, should apply equally to both parties. Fire them. That’s our voice, that’s our option.

Now, imagine a world in which the R’s threw up barriers, made us jump through their hoops, only to lose the elections they hoped this laws would ensure?

Talk about karma.

*end opinion*.

The next two tweets focus on his visit to Surfside.

The video stream is 17 minutes and 20 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

In a quiet voice freighted with emotion, Biden on Thursday described his own despair at having to wait to find out about how family fared after a crisis like the one experienced in Surfside. He spent more than three hours privately speaking with those grieving, addressing the group first and then moving family to family to listen to their stories. Biden spoke of wanting to switch places with a lost or missing loved one and lamented that “the waiting, the waiting, is unbearable.” 07/01/2021.

This morning officials in Florida provided an update saying that at this time 20 people have died, up two from yesterday’s 18 deaths that resulted from the collapse. 188 people are now accounted for, while 128 remain unaccounted for.

CNN has a live update thread on information regarding Surfside, Florida’s rescue efforts. They note that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said the state is working a “dual track” monitoring both the rescue efforts and Hurricane Elsa that could impact south Florida.

He has added 1 more tweet giving him a Friday Tweeting Total (so far) of 5 tweets. (Four are shown above).

The event was 24 minutes and 45 seconds . They have not posted his remarks, yet.

The White House presser was scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. D.C., time.

President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s remarks are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. D.C., time.

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