Biden Bits: Have at it

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It’s Monday.

For Monday September 13th, 2021, President Biden has probably received his daily brief even though it’s not on his schedule. President Biden is doing state hopping today. Up first he will travel to Boise, Idaho, where he will receive a briefing from Federal and state fire agency officials. After the briefing he will visit the National Interagency Fire Center. He will depart Idaho and head to Mather, California, where he will receive a briefing from local, state, and Federal emergency response personnel on the impacts of recent wildfires. At 4:25 California time; that would be 7:25 D.C. time, President Biden deliver remarks on his Admin’s response to recent wildfires while selling his Build Back Better agenda. This evening he will offer remarks at a campaign rally for California Governor Gavin Newsom. President Biden’s campaign stop comes just a day before Newsom faces a recall election on Tuesday.

President Biden has tweeted 1 time so far for Monday. 

When Biden Bits was published on Friday, President Biden had tweeted 2 times. He added 4 tweets giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 6 tweets and 0 retweets.

On Thursday evening President Biden offered remarks regarding the six point plan to ramp up the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

President Biden (11:15): [And my message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for?  What more do you need to see?  We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient. The vaccine has FDA approval.  Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.  And your refusal has cost all of us.  So, please, do the right thing.  But just don’t take it from me; listen to the voices of unvaccinated Americans who are lying in hospital beds, taking their final breaths, saying, “If only I had gotten vaccinated.”  “If only.”

On Friday President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden offered remarks on how his Admin is helping to keep students safe in classrooms.

The YouTube video 21 minutes and 32 seconds long.

His video message is 6 minutes and 23 seconds long. The tweet is currently his pinned tweet.

At the end of his remarks from Brookland Middle School, a reported asked;  Mr. President, what is your message to Republicans who are calling your vaccine requirements an “overreach,” who are threatening to challenge it in court?

President Biden (19:49): “Have at it.” Look, I’m so disappointed that particularly some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities.  This is — we’re playing for real here.  This isn’t a game.  And I don’t know of any scientist out there in this field that doesn’t think it makes considerable sense to do the six things I’ve suggested. *[And — but, you know, it’s — let me conclude with this: I —] one of the lessons I hope our students can unlearn is that politics doesn’t have to be this way. Politics doesn’t have to be this way. They’re growing up in an environment where they see it’s like a — like a war, like a bitter feud. [If the — if a Democrat says “right,” everybody says “left.” If a Democrat says “left,” they say “right.” I mean,] it’s not how we are.  It’s not who we are as a nation.  And it’s not how we beat every other crisis in our history.  We got to come together. And I think the vast majority — look at the polling data, the vast majority the American people know we have to do these things.  They’re hard but necessary.  We’re going to get them done. 

*I’m attempting to find a way that shows omitted text that is easy for me to format and easy for you to read, as you can see it’s still a work in progress.*

Saturday on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 President Biden tweeted 4 times and retweeted 1 time.

The White House published his full remarks after his visit with the Shaksville, PA., Volunteer Fire Company.

President Biden: And, you know, I know you’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll probably get criticized for saying it again, but these memorials are really important, but they’re also incredibly difficult for the people who were affected by them — because it brings back the moment you got the phone call.  It brings back that instant you got the news, no matter how many years go by. So I’ve been thinking about him.  I’ve been thinking of all the people I was — when I was down at the rock, talking to a number of family members who lost somebody.  You know, think about it — talk about genuine heroism.  I’m not talking about any — I’m not talking about the news media now.  But think of all of you, if you’re on that plane, knowing two terrorists are in the cockpit.  How many would say, “I got a good idea: Let’s go up and rush that cabin”?  Even though you knew that probably they were going to do something and you were going to lose anyway. But it’s one thing to say, “I know I should step up,” and another thing to do it.  That’s genuine heroism.  [That’s not “on the margins.”  That’s not “maybe you did a heroi-…”]

President Biden: [I mean, you know.  And I just — I just think — ] I thought that President Bush made a really good speech today — genuinely good speech — about who we are.  We’re not — the core of who we are is not divided.  It’s just this notion of — I don’t know how to explain it. I think, Jeff, I talked to you a little about this.  I think the real issue for those kids that — just had a picture taken with — couple of them had Trump hats from last year — I think, for them, it’s going to be: Are we going to, in the next 4, 5, 6, 10 years, demonstrate that democracies can work, or not? Because I had — just had a long — I’m not going to discuss with you now, but I had a long conversation with President Xi for over an hour and a half — not last night; the night before last.  And I’ve had that one-on-one summit with Putin.  And I’ve spoken with others. There’s a lot of autocrats who truly believe that democracies can’t function in the 21st century.  Not a joke.  They think because the world is changing so rapidly and people are so divided, you can’t bring people together in a democracy to get a consensus, and the only ones that are going to be able to succeed are the autocrats. That’s why it’s so damn important we demonstrate — everybody says, “Biden, why do you keep insisting on trying to bring the country together?”  That’s the thing that’s going to affect our wellbeing more than anything else: how the rest of the world responds to us — knowing that we actually can, in fact, lead by the example of our power again.  And I think we can do it.  We got to do it. 

Sunday President Biden tweeted 4 times and retweeted 0 times.

The video is 22 seconds long and features somber music without voice over. It ends with the text “We will never forget”.

The next two tweets are video snipped from his remarks on Thursday, regarding the six point plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

President Biden: [My plan will extend the vaccination requirements that I previously issued in the healthcare field.  Already,] I’ve announced, we’ll be requiring vaccinations that all nursing home workers who treat patients on Medicare and Medicaid, because I have that federal authority. Tonight, I’m using that same authority to expand that to cover those who work in hospitals, home healthcare facilities, or other medical facilities –- a total of 17 million healthcare workers. If you’re seeking care at a health facility, you should be able to know that the people treating you are vaccinated.  Simple.  Straightforward.  Period.

President Biden: [And tonight,] I’m removing one of the last remaining obstacles that make it difficult for you to get vaccinated. The Department of Labor will require employers with 100 or more workers to give those workers paid time off to get vaccinated. No one should lose pay in order to get vaccinated or take a loved one to get vaccinated.

His Build Back Better Agenda can be found here. I’ve had an extremely busy real live weekend, so, I’m a tad behind this Monday, but Bloomberg reported this:

I’m paywalled at Bloomberg (yes, already until October 2021), but from the tiny already Googling I did, it appears a tax plan was unveiled. More on that later…


The daily press briefing says it happened at 8:00 a.m. D.C., time aboard Air Force as the President travels to Boise, Idaho. As with all press gaggles aboard Air Force One; audio only and sometimes for no reason the live feed disappears only to reappear later.

This is an Open Thread.

In Other News…

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Monday testimony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. D.C., time.

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