For Monday, July, 12th, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. This afternoon he’ll meet with AG’s and local leaders which includes law enforcement, elected officials, and a community violence intervention expert, to talk about Biden’s Administration’s comprehensive strategy to reduce gun crimes.
It’s ten minutes to seven my time, President Biden hasn’t tweeted so far for Monday, this of course will not last the whole day.
When Friday’s Open Thread was posted President Biden has tweeted 2 times. He added 5 tweets and no retweets giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 7 tweets and 0 retweets.
Cause it’s the weekend recap included with Friday’s and possibly Monday’s tweets, here’s the skinny:
Saturday he tweeted 3 times without retweeting.
Sunday he tweeted 2 times without retweeting.
The majority of his tweets from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, come from his remarks on Friday.
As a reminder:
Still no word on what the bet was, but…
Or maybe this????
We move on to his posting a live stream to his remarks and EO signing on Friday. You can review the EO here, or follow the link to Friday’s Open Thread.
The video is 20 minutes and 15 seconds long. President Biden begins speaking at the 50 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.
President Biden: But to keep our country moving, we have to take another step as well — and I know you’re all tired of hearing me during the campaign and since I’m elected President talk about it — and that’s bringing fair competition back to the economy. That’s why today I’m going to be signing shortly an executive order promoting competition to lower price — to lower prices, to increase wages, and to take another critical step toward an economy that works for everybody.
President Biden: Now, look, I’m a proud capitalist. I spent most of my career representing the corporate state of Delaware. I know America can’t succeed unless American business succeeds. But let me be very clear: Capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism; it’s exploitation. Without healthy competition, big players can change and charge whatever they want and treat you however they want. And for too many Americans, that means accepting a bad deal for things that can’t go — you can’t go without.
Saturday’s tweet regarding the same remarks…
President Biden: Take prescription drugs: Just a handful of companies control the market for many vital medicines, giving them leverage over everyone else to charge whatever they want. As a result, Americans pay two and a half times more for prescription drugs than in any other leading country. And nearly one in four Americans struggles to afford their medication.
President Biden: First, the FDA — the Food and Drug Administration — are going to work with states and Tribes to safely import prescription drugs from Canada. That’s just one of many actions in the executive order that will lower prescription drug prices.
Sunday’s Tweet regarding the same remarks…
President Biden: There are more than 65 million Americans who live in a place with only one high-speed Internet provider. Research shows, when you have unlimited Internet operation, you pay up to five times more on average than families in places with more choices. That’s what a lack of competition does: it raises the prices you pay.
Friday’s non-related to the EO tweet:
Here’s the moment she won. FYI, I am not, I repeat not, using Michelle Obama’s tweet because she’s Michelle Obama, I am using the tweet, because she’s the first I came too, that had the full twirl and the little Zalia hop…
Congrats, spelling is hard…
Saturday’s non-EO related Tweets, but in fairness, they sort of are…
As he does most Saturday’s his first tweet posted above is a video from his “on the line” weekly conversation series. This video features Susan Rice the White House’s Domestic Policy advisor and Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. The video is 2 minutes and 51 seconds long and the pair discuss the American Families Plan. I will not be transcribing the conversation.
The Build Back Better plan includes: the American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan, which is now a bipartisan framework plan, and the American Families Plan.
Sunday’s non-related EO tweet…
Just do it, if you haven’t already, please for your safety and everyone else’s. Get Vaccinated!
As I suspected he has now tweeted for Monday.
His full statement:
We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime. The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected. The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.White House.gov. 07/12/2021.
Reuters reported on Sunday; Chanting “freedom” and calling for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to step down, thousands of Cubans joined street protests from Havana to Santiago on Sunday in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades.
Thousands took to the streets in various parts of Havana including the historic centre, their shouts of “Diaz-Canel step down” drowning out groups of government supporters waving the Cuban flag and chanting “Fidel.”
Special forces jeeps, with machine guns mounted on the back were seen throughout the capital and the police presence was heavy even long after most protesters had gone home by the 9 p.m. curfew in place due to the pandemic.
“We are going through really difficult times,” Miranda Lazara, 53, a dance teacher, who joined the thousands of protesters who marched through Havana. “We need a change of system.”
Diaz-Canel, who also heads the Communist Party, blamed the unrest on old Cold War foe the United States, which in recent years tightened its decades-old trade embargo on the island, in a televised speech on Sunday afternoon.
The Caribbean island nation of 11 million inhabitants where public dissident is usually restricted has seen a growing number of protests over the past year although nothing on this scale or simultaneously in so many cities.
The anti-government demonstrations were the largest since the summer of 1994, said Michael Bustamante, an assistant professor of Latin American history at Florida International University.
Sunday’s demonstrations broke out at around midday in San Antonio de los Banos municipality in Artemisa Province, bordering Havana. Video on social media showed hundreds of residents chanting anti-government slogans and demanding everything from coronavirus vaccines to an end of daily blackouts.Reuters. 07/11/2021.
The reason I’m sharing the above is because this morning as I was “catching up” which you all know by now means having my first cup of morning coffee. I saw this:
So, I expanded the New York Times tweet and found this…
Thank you for showing your true colors. Appreciate the transparency. Thank you for showing us why we must continue to cheer the dissolution of the corporate press— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) July 12, 2021
If you think freedom is anti-government, you’re telling on yourself.— Damin Toell (@damintoell) July 11, 2021
And then this…
The headline is aiming for accuracy? I mean come on, in Cuba, screaming Freedom is anti-government, because there is not freedom in Cuba. It is a communist country. So, yeah, I’m not entirely sure what the “outrage” over the headline is. I think it’s pretty clear, they were saying Cuban’s were shouting anti-Cuban government things at the Cuban government.
So, because I was unsure what the hell, I read the article.
First two paragraphs:
Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years.
Thousands of people marched through San Antonio de los Baños, southwest of Havana, with videos streaming live on Facebook for nearly an hour before they suddenly disappeared. As the afternoon wore on, other videos appeared from demonstrations elsewhere, including Palma Soriano, in the country’s southeast. Hundreds of people also gathered in Havana, where a heavy police presence preceded their arrival.
[I skipped some paragraphs in posting not reading]
In a country known for repressive crackdowns on dissent, the rallies were widely viewed as astonishing. Activists and analysts called it the first time that so many people had openly protested against the Communist government since the so-called Maleconazo uprising, which exploded in the summer of 1994 into a huge wave of Cubans leaving the country by sea.
Carolina Barrero, a Cuban activist, went even further. “It is the most massive popular demonstration to protest the government that we have experienced in Cuba since ’59,” she said by text message, referring to the year Fidel Castro took power. She called the public outpouring on Sunday “spontaneous, frontal and forceful.”
The protests were set off by a dire economic crisis in Cuba, where the coronavirus pandemic has cut off crucial tourism dollars. People now spend hours in line each day to buy basic food items. Many have been unable to work because restaurants and other businesses have remained on lockdown for months.New York Times. 07/11/2021.
And with that I move on, since, I’m already distracted and channeling my Coffee for good, I hope, and am late with editing and publish…
Live right now, a Judge in Michigan is holding a hearing on should or shouldn’t there be sanctions against the “Krakens”.
Live law-twitter tweets by Mike Dunford.
It’s too early for me to enjoy popcorn, but if I could, yep, totally would…
White House press briefing, might be started by the time I edit and publish.
This is an Open Thread.
I skipped the cue times on his remarks, on purpose this time, because I was suffering from tech issues early with audio. I’ve fixed the issue, but it was already almost post time. So, yep…It’s a Monday.