Given that our upcoming week is packed with the President’s State of the Union, confirmation Senate visits, my least favorite Friday of the Month, and the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine; I’ve decided to post a special edition Sunday Biden Bits…
Friday President Biden announced his nomination for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer.
The video is 1 minute and 53 seconds long.
President Biden: With Justice Breyer’s retirement from the United States Supreme Court, and my constitutional responsibility to replace that justice, I’ve sought a candidate with the strongest credentials, record, character, and dedication to the rule of law. That’s why I’m excited to nominate on the nation’s brightest legal minds. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be our next Supreme Court Justice. Raised by public school teachers, she was a standout student who became a clerk for Justice Breyer, the same justice she will be replacing when confirmed.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Justice Breyer gave me the chance to work for him as a law clerk and thereby bear witness to the workings of his brilliant legal mind.
President Biden con’t: Judge Jackson has been confirmed by the United States Senate three times in her career and garnered support from both sides of the aisle each time.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R): My praise for Ketanji’s intellect, for her character, for her integrity. It’s unequivocal.
President Biden con’t: What’s remarkable is the background she brings to the bench. Judge Jackson has deep experience across the legal system. She served as a federal public defender, a top lawyer in private practice, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and a federal judge. She’s a history maker. The first black woman ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court, an immensely qualified judge who’s going to help make our courts stronger and more reflective of our country.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson con’t: When you become a judge, you take an oath to look only at the law in deciding your cases. That you set aside your personal views about the circumstances, the defendants or anything else.
President Biden con’t: I can’t wait for you to meet her. I’ll have more to say soon.
Judge Jackson’s first confirmation was as Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission February 2010. She was confirmed by a voice vote.
Her second Senate confirmation was March 23rd, 2013 to become a US District Judge for the District of Columbia. She was confirmed by a voice vote.
Judge Jackson was confirmed last summer, June 14th, 2021 by a vote of 53 yea’s and 44 no’s with 3 Senators not voting to fill the seat left by then Judge Merrick Garland.
After his introduction video the President retweeted 2 times…
As usual former President Obama was chatty…
The YouTube is 19 minutes and 58 seconds long. Their full remarks can be found here.
During this process, I looked for someone who — like Justice Breyer — has a pragmatic understanding that the law must work for the people.— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022
Someone who has the historical perspective to understand that the Constitution is a resilient charter of liberty.
Someone with the wisdom to appreciate that the Constitution protects certain inalienable rights — rights that fall within the most fundamental personal freedoms that our society recognizes.— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022
Someone of extraordinary character, who will bring to the Supreme Court an independent mind and uncompromising integrity — with a strong moral compass and the courage to stand up for what is right.— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022
I have admired these traits: pragmatism, historical perspective, wisdom, and character in jurists nominated by Republican presidents as well as Democratic presidents.— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022
And today, I am pleased to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson — a candidate who continues in this tradition.
President Biden: And during this process, I looked for someone who, like Justice Breyer, has a pragmatic understanding that the law must work for the American people. Someone who has the historical perspective to understand that the Constitution is a resilient charter of liberty. Someone with the wisdom to appreciate that the Constitution protects certain inalienable rights — rights that fall within the most fundamental personal freedoms that our society recognizes. And then, someone with extraordinary character, who will bring to the Supreme Court an independent mind, uncompromising integrity, and with a strong moral compass and the courage to stand up for what she thinks is right.
President Biden: I’ve admired these traits of pragmatism, historical perspective, wisdom, character in the jurists nominated by Republican presidents as well as Democratic presidents. And today, I’m pleased to introduce to the American people a candidate who continues in this great tradition.
President Biden: For too long, our government, our courts haven’t looked like America. And I believe it’s time that we have a Court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation with a nominee of extraordinary qualifications and that we inspire all young people to believe that they can one day serve their country at the highest level.
The video clip is 43 seconds long.
And it’s my honor to introduce to the country a daughter of former public school teachers, a proven consensus builder, an accomplished lawyer, a distinguished jurist — one of the nation’s most — on one of the nation’s most prestigious courts. My nominee for the United States Supreme Court is Judge Ketanji Jackson.
You know, four weeks ago, when a member of the Court — a friend of mine; we used to work together in the Senate — Justice Stephen Breyer, announced his retirement, I said then choosing someone to serve on the United States Supreme Court is one of the most serious constitutional responsibilities a President has. And I mean it. I promised the process would be rigorous, that I would select a nominee worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy of excellence and decency — someone extremely qualified, with a brilliant legal mind, with the utmost character and integrity, which are equally as important.
The video clip is 45 seconds long. I will not be transcribing the video. The gist is he calls to tell Judge Jackson he’s nominating her for the Supreme Court and she says thank you and he says it’s an honor…
He tweeted 1 time Friday regarding the war Russia started in Ukraine…
His full statement:
Today I met with fellow leaders from our NATO Allies to discuss our shared commitment to collective defense and Transatlantic security. As President Putin threatens the very foundations of international peace and security, NATO is once again demonstrating that it stands for freedom and democracy.
As I said yesterday, the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory. Our commitment to Article 5 is ironclad. I have ordered the deployment of additional forces to augment our capabilities in Europe to support our NATO Allies. And I strongly welcome the decision to activate NATO’s defensive plans and elements of the NATO Response Force to strengthen our collective posture, as well as the commitments by our Allies to deploy additional land and air forces to the eastern flank and maritime forces from the High North to the Mediterranean.
We were joined today by our close partners Sweden, Finland, and the European Union. President Putin has failed in his goal of dividing the West. NATO is as united and resolute as it’s ever been, and NATO will maintain its Open Door to those European states who share our values and who one day may seek to join our Alliance. As we navigate this crisis, we pledged to work even more closely together in our defense of freedom and the democratic values that imbue our Alliance with purpose and power.
Immediately after the NATO Summit, I spoke with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. I commended the brave actions of the Ukrainian people who were fighting to defend their country. I also conveyed ongoing economic, humanitarian, and security support being provided by the United States as well as our continued efforts to rally other countries to provide similar assistance.White House.gov. 02/25/2022.
On Saturday President Biden’s Twitter account just retweeted a White House statement:
We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. Russia’s war represents an assault on fundamental international rules and norms that have prevailed since the Second World War, which we are committed to defending. We will hold Russia to account and collectively ensure that this war is a strategic failure for Putin.
This past week, alongside our diplomatic efforts and collective work to defend our own borders and to assist the Ukrainian government and people in their fight, we, as well as our other allies and partners around the world, imposed severe measures on key Russian institutions and banks, and on the architects of this war, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As Russian forces unleash their assault on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, we are resolved to continue imposing costs on Russia that will further isolate Russia from the international financial system and our economies. We will implement these measures within the coming days.
Specifically, we commit to undertake the following measures:
First, we commit to ensuring that selected Russian banks are removed from the SWIFT messaging system. This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally.
Second, we commit to imposing restrictive measures that will prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves in ways that undermine the impact of our sanctions.
Third, we commit to acting against the people and entities who facilitate the war in Ukraine and the harmful activities of the Russian government. Specifically, we commit to taking measures to limit the sale of citizenship—so called golden passports—that let wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens of our countries and gain access to our financial systems.
Fourth, we commit to launching this coming week a transatlantic task force that will ensure the effective implementation of our financial sanctions by identifying and freezing the assets of sanctioned individuals and companies that exist within our jurisdictions. As a part of this effort we are committed to employing sanctions and other financial and enforcement measures on additional Russian officials and elites close to the Russian government, as well as their families, and their enablers to identify and freeze the assets they hold in our jurisdictions. We will also engage other governments and work to detect and disrupt the movement of ill-gotten gains, and to deny these individuals the ability to hide their assets in jurisdictions across the world.
Finally, we will step up or coordination against disinformation and other forms of hybrid warfare.White House.gov. 02/26/2022.
We stand with the Ukrainian people in this dark hour. Even beyond the measures we are announcing today, we are prepared to take further measures to hold Russia to account for its attack on Ukraine.
President Biden has not tweeted or retweeted so far for Sunday.
It is being reported that Ukraine has agreed to talk to Russia…
It’s also being reported that Russia has ordered nuclear forces to “Elevated” status…
Alright, so it’s Sunday and well, hello to my I lol’d hard at this one. Like one of those laughs that is not equal to the humor, but you guys know, I spend hours and hour of my life on Twitter…
And this kind of thing always has me laughing my ass off…
Well, I’m glad you asked…
His/her user name is @lib_trigger…
That’s right the tough guy or gal–whatever has set the tweet where only a select few people can actually reply…
To be fair to triggered by libs replying to his/her bullshit shitposts, you can still quote tweet his or her tweet, but they don’t get the same notifications for that. I just find it hilarious that you’d be like, I’m triggering some libs, without letting those libs flood your mentions…
And since I broke the seal; finding the humor in a horrible situation this thread is hilarious…
This is my favorite…
JRC813jr posted this tweet in the Note for Saturday…