Before we all get back to life–back to reality; Hi all, I’ve returned from the Happiest Place on Earth! We had a good time and I hope to have some decent pictures and things to share on Saturday/Sunday. My relaxing vacay would not have been as relaxing had Halodoc not covered my post for 4 days…
For Monday, October, 11th, 2021, President Biden has probably received his daily brief, it’s not listed on his schedule. This afternoon President Biden will depart Wilmington, Delaware to head back to D.C..
Speaking of being back from vacation…
Since I was unplugged for the past 4 days, we are going to do something different for this Monday’s Biden Bits. I’m gonna split the tweets by issue, there will be no count today as that confuses not only myself, but also readers.
Before we dive into the issue tweets which consist mostly of his build back better agenda on Sunday President Biden offered a tweet regarding the passing of retired U.S., Army General Raymond Odierno.
In a statement via CNN retired four-star Army General Ray Odierno passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 67. Funeral arrangements have not been released at this time.
The Biden’s shared the following joint-statement on Saturday:
We are devastated to learn of the death of General Raymond Odierno, US Army, retired. Ray was a giant in military circles—dedicated first and always to the service members he commanded and served alongside. And through almost four decades of service to our nation in uniform, he helped grow the United States Army into the modern fighting force it is today—an Army, in Odierno’s words, that is “admired and deeply respected by our Allies” and “feared by our adversaries.”
When we think back on our time as Vice President and Second Lady, Ray was part of some of our most poignant memories—ones that will be with us for the rest of our lives. Ray welcomed us to Camp Victory in Iraq where, to honor July 4th, we helped to swear in as American citizens immigrants to our country who were already serving, fighting, and sacrificing on behalf of our nation. He was there to pass his wisdom on to West Point graduates as a fellow member of the Long Gray Line. Ray and his wife Linda were partners and fierce advocates for military children and families. And we will be forever grateful for the words and the kindness that Ray shared when he spoke at the funeral of our beloved son Beau and awarded him with the Legion of Merit.
We can think of no person who better encapsulated that basic creed of duty, honor, country than General Ray Odierno. He made our entire nation better, stronger, and more secure. We are keeping his beloved wife Linda, their children Tony, Mike, and Katie, and their grandchildren in our prayers. Ray was Beau’s commander in Iraq, and he was there in our moment of deepest grief. We stand with the Odierno family and all our brave service members who were shaped and molded by General Odierno over his lifetime of service, and who are grieving today as well. Today is a sad day for our nation. We have lost a hero of great integrity and honor.White House.gov. 10/09/2021.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also offered a statement on the death of General Odierno:
Charlene and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of General (Ret.) Ray Odierno.
Ray was a teammate, a confidant and a powerful example to me. Mostly, he was my friend. And I will miss him dearly.
My thoughts — like those of everyone who knew him — are squarely with Linda and their children and grandchildren. We know we cannot assuage their grief, but we hope Ray’s strong legacy of leadership brings them some measure of comfort.
Throughout nearly four decades in uniform, Ray Odierno served his country with great dignity and courage. He led bravely in peace and in war. And he mentored an entire generation of future leaders.
Ray was known for his loyalty — to mission and to his people. He cared deeply about the troops who knew him as “General O,” and he and Linda looked after the families of those troops as if they were their own. From training and equipment to mental health and education, the Odiernos remained tireless advocates for the health and welfare of those who serve.
As our 38th Chief of Staff of the Army, Ray also worked to forge what he called an “Army of the future”— a force that was agile, innovative, adaptable, and led by leaders of character and commitment.
The United States Army, indeed our nation, is stronger for his dedication, professionalism, and leadership. I know that I am a better person for having had his friendship.
On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest condolences to Linda and the entire Odierno family.Defense.gov. 10/09/2021.
The National Monuments tweets:
The YouTube video is 24 minutes and 42 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 10 minute and 12 second mark. I’ve cued the above YouTube to his remarks. His full remarks can be found here.
President Biden: The last administration reduced the size by 85 percent, leaving vulnerable more than 1 million acres of cherished landscape. Today, I’m — we’ll shortly by signing a proclamation to fully restore the boundaries of Bears Ears. And second, I am restoring Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument — a place of unique and extraordinary geology, as well as biodiversity, established as a national monument 25 years ago this [last] month. Over the last quarter century, this land has produced a significant scientific discoveries per acre than — more than any other national monument, everything from fossils to ancient indigenous artifacts. And once again, the last administration cut the size of the monument nearly in half, stripping away more than 800,000 protected acres.
President Biden: The protection of public lands must become — must not become, I should say, a pendulum that swings back and forth depending on who’s in public office. It’s not a partisan issue. And I want to thank the members of Congress who have come together to support this important conservation work.
The Coronavirus vaccine tweets:
The video snip is 17 seconds long. It’s the presentation of the hard hat and vest to President Biden.
The video clip is 27 seconds long.
The video clips come from remarks he gave on Thursday on the importance coronavirus vaccine requirements. The below YouTube is 37 minutes and 39 seconds long. I’ve cued the video to the 14 minute and 3 second mark where President Biden begins his remarks. His full remarks can be found here.
President Biden: But, look, it’s been a month since I laid out a six-part plan to accelerate the path out of this pandemic: One, vaccinate the unvaccinated. Two, continue to keep the vaccinated protected. Keep children safe and schools open, which the Gov is doing. Increase testing and masking. Protect the economic recovery. And improve the care of the people with COVID-19. We’ve made real progress across the board. More than 185 million Americans are now fully vaccinated. More than 75 percent of eligible Americans have gotten at least one shot.
President Biden: And for folks who haven’t gotten vaccinated, get it done. Do the right thing. It can save your life. It can save the lives of those around you.
President Biden con’t: So, look, things are changing, and we can end this. We can end this thing. It’s easy, it’s accessible, and it’s free to get the vaccine. *Test [text] your ZIP code to 438829 — 438829. Text your ZIP code there or visit Vaccines.gov to find a vaccination location near you. I promise there’s one within 5 minutes of where you — 15 minutes from where you are. And it’s free.
*that’s a transcriber error not a President Biden error.*
The Jobs Report tweets:
The YouTube is 13 minutes long. His full remarks can be found here.
President Biden: Hello, folks. Good afternoon, everyone. Today, for the first time since March of 2020, the American unemployment rate is below 5 percent. In just eight months since I became President, in the midst of a grave public health and economic crisis, the unemployment rate is now down below 5 percent — at 4.8 percent. Let me just repeat that: Today’s report has the unemployment rate down to 4.8 percent, a significant improvement from when I took office and a sign that our recovery is moving forward even in the face of a COVID pandemic.
The Build Back Better Agenda tweets:
I decided to include this one here:
The video is a snip from remarks he gave on Tuesday October 5th, 2021 in Michigan. The below YouTube is 37 minutes and 29 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.
President Biden: Look, this bill also invests in our workforce by providing so much-needed breathing room for working families. After all, how can we compete in the world if millions of American parent — parents, especially moms, can’t join the week — the workforce because they can’t afford the cost of childcare or eldercare; they have to stay home. For example, here in Michigan, the average two-parent family spends $10,400 on childcare costs for just one child each year. Thirty years ago, the United States ranked sixth — sixth among advanced economies in the share of women in the workforce. You know where we are today? Twenty-three. Twenty-two countries have a higher percentage of their women in the workforce making a competitive wage than the United States. While our competitors are investing in the care economy, we’re standing still. And the fact is, millions of American parents are feeling the squeeze, having a hard time doing their job, earning a paycheck while taking care of their children or aging parents — and at the same time — in the sandwich generation. My Build Back Better plan is going to change that. It’s going to cut the cost of childcare for most Michigan families by more than half. It’s going to extend the historic middle-class tax cut to the Child Care Tax Credit, which we passed in my American Rescue Plan.
President Biden: Look, it isn’t right — isn’t right that 55 of the largest corporations in America, in this country — and I come from the corporate capital of the world. More people — more corporations are incorporated in the state of Delaware than all — every other state combined. But you know how much those 55 companies — I can go on; more than that — they made over $40 billion and they paid zero — zero in federal income tax. Since the pandemic began, the number of billionaires — and I forget the exact number there are in America — have seen their wealth go up collectively by $1 trillion. $1 trillion. It isn’t fair. It needs to change. Look, working folks understand that. That’s why, despite the attacks — the attacks and misinformation, my plan has overwhelming support of the polling data from the American people. They understand what’s at stake.
His total tweets from Friday until Monday =’s 18. He did retweet once on Friday or Saturday.