Biden Bits: Happy Thanksgiving

Biden Tweets Christmas Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

It’s Thursday aka…

And of course Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without…

President Biden is on vacation; this is not reflected in his Twitter account…

President Biden has tweeted 1 time so far for Thanksgiving…

The video is 1 minute and 54 seconds long.

President Biden: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. This is always a special time in America, but this year, the blessings of Thanksgiving are especially meaningful.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden: After being apart last year, we have a new appreciation for those little moments we can’t plan or replicate: the music of laughter in a warm, full kitchen, the thump of small feet making big sounds. The circle of faces crowded around our dining room table glowing in the candlelight.

President Biden: You know, as we gather together again, our table and our hearts are full of grace and gratitude for all those we love. And as commander in chief, I’m especially grateful to our service members and their families for their sacrifices to our nation.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden: While we celebrate together, many of those military families will be apart from their loved ones. Whether your spouse is deployed or you’ve settled into yet another base, the holiday’s just aren’t the same without the people and the communities that make the holiday special. We are so grateful for your service.

President Biden: As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who we’ve lost and those who have lost so much, and those who have an empty seat at their kitchen table or their dining room table this year because of this virus or another cruel twist of fate or accident. We pray for them.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden: As Joe and I have traveled this year, we have seen and been so inspired by the unbreakable threads that unite us all. Family and faith, kindness and compassion, a love for this country we call home.

President Biden: You make us so proud every day to serve as your President and First Lady. And from the Biden family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. God bless you, and may God protect our troops and their families.

On Wednesday the White House published the following Proclamation:

Thanksgiving provides us with a time to reflect on our many blessings — from God, this Nation, and each other.  We are grateful for these blessings, even — and especially — during times of challenge.

That is why George Washington declared a day of Thanksgiving for his troops as they marched into that dark winter at Valley Forge.  It is why in the midst of the Civil War — in proclaiming the Thanksgiving holiday we now celebrate today — Abraham Lincoln urged us to remember our “fruitful fields and healthful skies.”  Just as 400 years ago when the Pilgrims were able to celebrate a successful first harvest thanks to the generosity and support of the Wampanoag, today we too express our gratitude for those who have helped us get through this difficult past year. 

We are grateful for the farm workers and frontline workers, many of whom are immigrants, who make sure our food is harvested and shipped, keep our grocery stores stocked, and keep our cities and towns clean and safe.

We are grateful for the educators who are welcoming children back into their classrooms, helping them make up for lost learning and lost time, both academically and socially.

We are grateful for the parents who have carried their families through this challenging time, helping their children navigate this difficult chapter in our Nation’s history.

We are grateful for the health care professionals working to vaccinate our Nation, the nurses who comfort and help people, and the doctors who provide care and compassion.

We are grateful for the researchers and scientists who have developed safe and effective vaccines and treatments, allowing us to safely enjoy a Thanksgiving this year with more family around the table.

As always, we are grateful for our troops serving far from home, keeping us safe and defending our values.

For the First Lady and me, Thanksgiving has always been a cherished time to enjoy annual traditions that have evolved into sacred rituals with our children and grandchildren:  throwing the football, preparing family recipes, lighting candles, and setting the table.  For many Americans, this Thanksgiving will be the first time gathering with loved ones in person since the start of the pandemic — a time of full tables and full hearts.  

As we celebrate, we will also be thinking of the many families feeling the pain of an empty chair at the Thanksgiving table.  You are not alone, and our Nation stands with you. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 2021, as a National Day of Thanksgiving.  I encourage the people of the United States of America to join together and give thanks for the friends, neighbors, family members, and strangers who have supported each other over the past year in a reflection of goodwill and unity.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

White House.gov. 11/25/2021.

When Biden Bits was posted on Wednesday, President Biden (who’s on vacation!) tweeted 2 times. He added 7 tweets giving him a Vacation Wednesday Tweeting Total of 9 tweets & 0 retweets.

Economic Tweets…

On Tuesday, President Biden offered remarks on the economy and lowering prices for the America people. The YouTube is 11 minutes and 16 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: We’ve made historic progress over the last 10 months.  Unemployment is down to 4.6 percent two years faster than everyone expected.  When we started at this job, it was over 14 percent. Wages are rising, disposable income is up, more people are starting small businesses than ever before, and our economy has created a record 5.6 million jobs since I became President on January 20th. 

President Biden: And so, all those concerns, a few weeks ago, there would be a — there’d not be ample food available for Thanksgiving — so many people talked about that, understandably.  But families can rest easy.  Grocery stores are well-stocked with turkey and everything else you need for Thanksgiving. 

President Biden: The price of gasoline in the wholesale market has fallen by about 10 percent over the last few weeks.  But the price of the pump hasn’t budged a penny.  In other words, gas supply companies are paying less and making a lot more.  And they do not seem to be passing that on to the consumers at the pump. In fact, if the gap between wholesale and retail gas prices was in line with past averages, Americans would be paying at least 25 cents less per gallon right now, as I speak.  Instead, companies are pocketing the difference as profit. That’s unacceptable.  And that’s why I’ve asked the Federal Trade Commission to consider whether potentially illegal and anti-competitive behavior in the oil and gas industry is causing higher prices for consumers: so we can ensure the American people are paying a fair price for their gasoline.

President Biden: Let me close with this: This Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for — vaccines that are effective, safe, and free; promising new treatments providing for hope that we can bring an end to the worst tragedies of this crisis; record job growth; the strongest recovery in the world; and, most of all, the chance to be together again with the people we love on Thanksgiving. As you gather together with your family this Thanksgiving, I want you to know how grateful I am to serve as your President.

The Other Tweets:

President Biden’s full statement:

Ahmaud Arbery’s killing – witnessed by the world on video – is a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country. Mr. Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery. Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished.

While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin. My administration will continue to do the hard work to ensure that equal justice under law is not just a phrase emblazoned in stone above the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans.

White House.gov. 11/24/2021.

The White House also published a statement from Vice President Harris:

Today, the jury rendered its verdicts and the three defendants were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. Still, we feel the weight of grief. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive, and nothing can take away the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, his father Marcus Arbery, and the entire Arbery family and community feel today. I share in that pain.

These verdicts send an important message, but the fact remains that we still have work to do. The defense counsel chose to set a tone that cast the attendance of ministers at the trial as intimidation and dehumanized a young Black man with racist tropes. The jury arrived at its verdicts despite these tactics. 

Ahmaud Arbery was a son. He was a brother. He was a friend. His life had meaning. We will not forget him. We honor him best by continuing the fight for justice.

White House.gov. 11/24/2021.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Thanksgiving a little like Christmas always makes us, humans, reflect on the time that’s come and gone. This Thanksgiving, we are still edgy, still sort-of on pandemic footing, still dealing with cult 45’s and yes, even Twice Impeached 45…

But, unlike last year, Twice Impeached 45 isn’t President, which I’m still very grateful for…

I’m grateful to you all for filling my mornings with a purpose, for indulging me as I share way too much Disneyland content, & that you allow me a place to cover President Biden’s tweets, boring as they are & me by extension, I’m still grateful for them, even if I still hate them…

I hope you, your friends, your families, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, eat, drink, nap…

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