It’s Friday; aka Friday the 13th, aka #ReinstatementDay.
For Friday August 13th, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. This afternoon he will depart Delaware to travel to Camp David.
Daniel Dale is still on vacation.
President Biden has tweeted 1 time so far for Friday; I’ll be sharing it down thread.
When Biden Bits was published President Biden had tweeted 1 time. He added 5 tweets giving him a Thursday Tweeting Total of 6 tweets and 0 retweets. One of the six tweets he posted is unrelated to his remarks from Thursday. I’ll be sharing that tweet on it’s own.
The video stream is 15 minutes and 48 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here. The video feed, once again, he shared, is kinda of crappy…
The White House YouTube video is 20 minutes and 4 seconds long. And less crappy.
He opened his remarks speaking to Republican Governors and lawmakers. He didn’t share a tweet of that, so I’m gonna share his words with you my own-self…
President Biden (opening remarks): Before I begin, let me say a few words about the pandemic — the pandemic of the unvaccinated. I know there are lot of people out there trying to turn a public safety measure — that is, children wearing masks in school so they can be safe –- into a political dispute. And this isn’t about politics. This is about keeping our children safe. I saw a video and reports from Tennessee of protestors threatening doctors and nurses who were before a schoolboard making the case that, to keep kids safe, there should be mandatory masks. And as they walked out, these doctors were threatened, these nurses were threatened. You know, our healthcare workers are heroes. They were the heroes when there was no vaccine. Many of them gave their lives trying to save others. And they’re heroes again with a vaccine. They’re doing their best to care for the people refusing to get vaccinated — unvaccinated folks who are being hospitalized and dying as a result of not being vaccinated. To the mayors, school superintendents, educators, local leaders who are standing up to the governors politicizing mask protection for our kids — thank you, thank you as well. Thank God that we have heroes like you, and I stand with you all, and America should as well.
President Biden (6:22): Today, one in four Americans who take prescription drugs struggle to afford them. Nearly 30 percent have skipped doses, cut pills in half, or — because they can’t afford the cost. We have to change this, and we can.
President Biden (9:15): You know, there’s long been talk — I mean, a long time, since the days when I was back in the Senate — about giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices. Now, Medicare takes care of millions of people. Medicare — my plan — going to — is going to allow that. Every other type of healthcare service — from the cost of a doctor’s visit, how much a doctor can charge for a visit, hospital visits, crutches, wheelchairs — Medicare is allowed to negotiate and say, “We’ll pay no more, from the Medicare, than the following amount for those things.” As I’ve said before, the only thing Medicare is not allowed to negotiate are prices for prescription drugs. My plan gets rid of that prohibition.
President Biden (1:38): There aren’t a lot of things that almost every American can agree on. But I think it’s safe to say that all of us — whatever our background, our age, or where we live -– can agree that prescription drug prices are outrageously expensive in America.
Not related to his remarks, however, it is related to his Build Back Better agenda. The video is 41 seconds long.
President Biden: [He’s holding a picture of him with his two young sons] I remember this picture. God love my boys, they’re a year and day apart. And this was a trip to San Francisco, I was a single dad and I couldn’t afford childcare. There was no way and I was a U.S. Senator. I just couldn’t afford it. And had I not had my family, I don’t know how I would have done it. I would have had to take them everywhere or not go myself. People should have access to affordable childcare and my Build Back Better agenda is going to lower the cost for childcare. It’s all about our kids. So we should care for them.
Thursday’s non-related tweet…
His full statement:
Four years ago today in Charlottesville, Virginia the battle for the soul of America was laid bare for all to see.
The forces of hate and violence were summoned from the shadows as Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and white supremacists descended on a historic American city. With torches in their hands and veins bulging from their necks, they spewed the same antisemitic bile that was heard in Germany in the 1930s and with the same beatings and bigotry we saw in Jim Crow America for nearly a century.
But what they didn’t account for was the extraordinary force of American goodness and decency. In that moment and as we’ve seen throughout our history, Americans of different races, religions, and backgrounds stood ground and stayed true to the promise of our nation: that we are all created equal and deserve to be treated equally throughout our lives.
In that moment, the courage of the nation was summoned. One brave woman, Heather Heyer, a young civil rights activist, was murdered while representing the best of us. Her life and activism are reminders that while we have never fully lived up to the promise of America, we have never fully walked away from it either.
What happened in Charlottesville – and securing the promise of America for every American – motivated me to run for president and now motivates my Administration’s work to ensure that hate has no safe harbor in America.
In my first week in office, I signed an executive order establishing whole-of-government effort to advance racial equity and support underserved communities, and a presidential memorandum directing all federal agencies to combat the resurgence of xenophobia against Asian Americans that we’ve seen during this pandemic.
And in May, I signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that empowers the U.S. Department of Justice and our entire Administration to address the critical problem of hate crimes being underreported. The law includes provisions in Heather Heyer’s name that will help state and local governments to ensure hate crimes information is more accessible to the public.
Heather’s mother joined me at the bill signing. As I told her on that day, I know it’s hard. Even with the significance of the law being changed, it’s like getting the news of her death just seconds ago. It takes enormous courage. It’s also especially hard on this day of commemoration. Jill and I are thinking about Heather and her family.
And we know there is more work we must do as a nation – as we saw with the mob of insurrectionists at the United States Capitol on January 6th that joins the horror we saw in Charlottesville as shameful chapters in our history.
We must acknowledge what America’s intelligence community has already confirmed, and what Charlottesville and so many other communities know all too well: the most lethal terrorist threat to our homeland in recent years has been domestic terrorism rooted in white supremacy. We cannot ignore it. We must confront the spread of hate-fueled violence in every form.
To that end, in June, my Administration laid out America’s first-ever comprehensive effort to take on the threat of domestic terrorism. We are doing so by countering and reducing online radicalization and recruitment to violence, disrupting the networks that inspire violence by domestic terrorists and hate groups, and providing new resources for communities to build up local resilience against the spread of hate.
Charlottesville is an example of how this is the work of all of us.
In the hours and days after what happened there, America’s moral conscience stirred. The nation’s military, business, and labor leaders took a firm stand. Political, community, and faith leaders raised their voices. Religious leaders held a prayer service at St. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church the night before the rally and marched in the streets the next day. When the Neo-Nazi marchers passed Charlottesville’s only synagogue, Beth Israel, the congregation continued worship services, stood up to the hate, and helped their neighbors. And we should never forget the courage of that small group of University of Virginia students who stared down the mob and did not flinch.
While it may come with enormous pain and cost, the greatness of America is that at our best, we meet President Lincoln’s appeal to embrace the “better angels of our nature.”
That’s what we must do – together – to win this battle for the soul of America.White House.gov. 08/12/2021.
It appears there is nothing scheduled for today as far as live events go from the White House.
So, my brother in law had a thing, my husband is on his way to try and fix, since the brother in law is stuck at work, cause of this, I missed this Biden Bits tweet for Friday…
No one is injured or in danger…
But as they say, life comes at you fast…
HAPPY FRIDAY FOR REAL THIS TIME.