Biden Bits: The Free Press is Not the Enemy of the People…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

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

Friday Under Secretary of the Army Hon. Gabe Camarillo, posthumously promoted Buffalo Soldier Col. Charles Young to the rank of Brigadier General. The YouTube is 39 minutes and 5 seconds long, the promotion ceremony held at West Point starts at the 10 minute and 39 second mark.

Young’s great niece Renotta Young accepted the honor on his behalf. Young died in 1922.

The tweet that President Biden shares from February 3rd, 2022, was covered in Biden Bits from February 4th, 2022. In the article I shared a link to videos detailing Young’s life. They were not YouTube videos so I was unable to embed them.

The White House posted the following readout:

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reaffirm the vision they laid out in the November 2021 North American Leaders’ Summit of a North America that remains the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.

At a time of immense global challenges, from Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine to economic volatility, the Leaders pledged to work together across the breadth and depth of the relationship between our nations. President Biden and President López Obrador discussed how our countries can continue to advance our shared economic, climate, energy, and migration management goals in line with the High-Level Economic Dialogue, with a special focus on shoring up North American supply chains.

They discussed their visions for the Summit of the Americas and emphasized ongoing cooperation on development in Central America and southern Mexico, strengthening North American supply chains, and modernizing our shared border to further strengthen our agricultural and commercial trade. They also recognized the importance of joint efforts underway to fast-track the development and implementation of key infrastructure projects on both sides of the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border.

In view of the unprecedented flows of migrants from throughout the hemisphere to our two countries, the Presidents reiterated the need to build stronger tools for managing regional migration surges. To that end, they agreed to enhance our collaboration to support just, humane and effective efforts to reduce irregular migration and to advance our shared goal that countries throughout the region improve their ability to manage their borders in furtherance of humanitarian and security objectives. They discussed the importance of working together with countries throughout the hemisphere to ensure safe and sustainable livelihoods for their respective citizens and migrant populations, to advance our partnership to create jobs in Central America, and support efforts to expand legal pathways for migrants and refugees.

As President Biden and President López Obrador celebrate that December 12, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of official U.S.-Mexico diplomatic relations, they both recognized that our shared history and shared communities create the strong foundation for friendship and cooperation into the future. They looked forward to meeting again at the June Summit of the Americas.

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On Thursday President Biden delivered remarks on Ukraine. The YouTube is 20 minutes and 35 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

Saturday President Biden tweeted 2 times, both videos from his below remarks. They will be included below.

The video is 1 minute long.

President Biden: Hello, everybody.  Good morning.  I just signed a request to Congress for critical security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine continue to counter Putin’s aggression and — at a very pivotal moment. We need this bill to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom.  And our NATO Allies, our EU partners — they’re going to pay their fair share of the costs as well, but we have to do this.  We have to do our part as well, leading the Alliance. The cost of this fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is going to be more costly if we allow it to happen. We either back the Ukrainian people as they defend their country or we stand by as the Russians continue their atrocities and aggression in Ukraine. 

President Biden: So, we need to contribute arms, funding, ammunition, and the economic support to make their courage and sacrifice have purpose so they can continue this fight and do what they’re doing. It’s critical this funding gets approved and approved as quickly as possible.

The video is 1 minute and 17 seconds long.

President Biden: And so, that’s why today, in order to sustain Ukraine as it — as it continues to fight, I’m sending Congress a supplemental budget request. It’s going to keep weapons and ammunition flowing without interruption to the brave Ukrainian fighters and continue delivering economic and humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people. This so-called supplemental funding addresses the needs of the Ukrainian military during the crucial weeks and months ahead.  And it begins — it begins to transition to longer-term security assistance that’s going to help Ukraine deter and continue to defend against Russian aggression. This assistance would provide even more artillery, armored vehicles, anti-armor systems, anti-air capabilities that have been used so effectively thus far on the battlefield by the Ukrainian warriors. You know, and it’s going to deliver much-needed humanitarian assistance as well as food, water, medicines, shelter, and other aid to Ukrainians displaced by Russia’s war, and provide aid to those seeking refuge in other countries from Ukraine. It’s also going to help schools and hospitals open.  It’s going to allow pensions and social support to be paid to the Ukrainian people so they have something — something in their pocket.  It’s also going to provide critical resources to address food shortages around the globe. 

Saturday’s Tweets:

The video is 31 seconds long.

President Biden: And I might note, parenthetically: You know, there’s a dinner this weekend to celebrate the press.  Think of what the American press has done — the courage it has taken to stay in these warzones, the courage it has taken to report every single day. I’ve always had respect for the press, but I can’t tell you how much respect I have watching — watching them in these zones where they’re under fire, risking their own lives to make sure the world hears the truth.

The video is 1 minute and 21 seconds long.

President Biden: Finally, we’re going to continue to deliver critical support to Ukraine.  We must also not let our guard down in our fight against COVID-19 at home and abroad.  That’s why I’m, again, urging Congress to act on my request for $22.5 billion in emergency resources so the American people can continue to protect themselves from COVID-19. The reason we were so successful in the past is because I was able to work with drug manufacturers to order significant quantities of material we needed ahead of time to get in the front of the line.  Without additional funding, we can’t preorder the amount of vaccines we need, and we risk losing our spot in line for vaccines that target multiple variants. We’re running out of supply for therapeutics like antiviral pills that we desperately need. Without additional funding, we’re unable to purchase the lifesaving treatment for the American people.  We’ve donated more vaccines and treatments to the world than all other nations in the world combined.  If the U.S. won’t do it, no one else is really going to step up and do it. Without additional funding, the United States won’t be able to help stop the spread around the world and close off ongoing suppor- — sources of the supply chain disruptions. Look, let’s get both of these critical tasks done.  No delays, no excuses, just action now.  Now. 

President Biden tweeted 3 times on Sunday:

The White House posted the following Proclamation on Friday:

During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our Nation recognizes the innumerable contributions, vibrant cultures, and rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs).  As some of the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the Nation, AA and NHPI communities represent a multitude of ethnicities, languages, and experiences that enrich America and strengthen our Union.

AA and NHPIs have long played an essential role in writing the American story.  From serving our country in uniform, advocating for civil rights, starting new businesses, and winning Olympic medals, the contributions of the AA and NHPI community touch the lives of Americans every day.  AA and NHPIs serve with distinction at the highest levels of Federal, State, and local government.  I am proud to have Vice President Kamala Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to serve as Vice President, and Katherine Tai, the first Asian American United States Trade Representative, in my Administration.

As we celebrate AA and NHPI communities, we must also redouble our commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes.  The First Lady and I shared the Nation’s outrage as we witnessed these crimes increase by 339 percent last year compared to the year before in cities across America.  Many other incidents of anti-Asian bias, xenophobia, and harassment that surfaced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic were not even reported.  We cannot allow these horrific acts to continue threatening the safety of AA and NHPI Americans — especially women, girls, and the elderly.  These acts are wrong; they are un-American; and they must stop. 

In my first week in office, I directed all executive departments and agencies to combat xenophobia, hate, and discrimination against AA and NHPI communities.  I also signed into law last May the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to provide law enforcement with resources to identify, investigate, and report hate crimes and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to AA and NHPI communities.

As we work to ensure that hatred has no safe harbor in America’s future, we must confront shameful chapters in our history.  That is why, for example, I signed into law the Amache National Historic Site Act — to memorialize the 10,000 Japanese Americans who were unjustly imprisoned at Amache during World War II.  And we will continue to root out racial injustices of our past and advance equity for all Americans as we move forward.

Toward that aim, my Administration is making long-overdue investments in AA and NHPI communities.  I reestablished and expanded the President’s Advisory Commission and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.  The American Rescue Plan helped reduce poverty among AA and NHPI families by approximately 26 percent.  We have increased access to capital, training, and counseling for AA and NHPI entrepreneurs so their businesses can thrive.  We are also working to ensure that healthcare resources are available to AA and NHPI communities.  And we are rebuilding our immigration system so everyone is treated fairly and humanely — including AA and NHPI communities.

This month, we celebrate our fellow Americans from AA and NHPI communities and pay tribute to all they have done to help fulfill the promise of America for all.  Together, let us recommit ourselves to building a country in which every American — regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what they look like — has an equal opportunity to thrive.

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 May 2022 as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  I call upon all Americans to learn more about the history of AA and NHPIs, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

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

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The video is 45 seconds long; was filmed on Thursday either before or after his remarks for the 2022 National and States Teaches of the Year Celebration. The YouTube is 46 minutes and 22 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

The video is just the President and Teachers engaging in small talk. It appears the teachers where taking their group photo.

Saturday the President attended the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. The YouTube for President Biden’s remarks is 15 minutes and 41 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here. The tweeted out video clip is 33 seconds long.

President Biden: We honor journalists killed, missing, imprisoned, detained, and tortured; covering war, exposing corruption, and holding leaders accountable. We honor members of the press, both national and local, covering a once-in-a-century pandemic where we lost a million Americans, a generation reckoning on race, and the existential threat of climate change. The free press is not the enemy of the people — far from it.  At your best, you’re guardians of the truth.

C-SPAN has clips from the dinner.

Some other highlights…

One more…

For Monday, May 2nd, 2022, (can you fucking believe it’s May??? Me Neither) President Biden has received his daily brief. This afternoon he will present the Presidential rank Awards to 230 winners from 37 federal agencies. The ceremony will be held virtually. Late this afternoon; The President and The First Lady host a reception to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

President Biden has tweeted 2 times so far for Monday…

The White House issued the following statement:

As Muslims in the United States and around the world conclude the month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Jill and I extend our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating this joyous occasion.

Eid marks the completion of a holy month dedicated to devotion and reflection, when families and communities come together to celebrate their blessings. And Eid is also an occasion for Muslims to remember all those who are struggling or impacted by poverty, hunger, conflict, and disease, and to recommit to building a better future for all.   

This year, as we mark Eid al-Fitr, we hold in our hearts the millions of displaced persons and refugees around the globe who are spending this sacred holiday separated from their families and unsure of their future, but still hoping for a brighter tomorrow. As a nation we must always keep faith with those seeking a better life, and uphold our commitment to serving as a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world. And, Muslims across the United States celebrate Eid, let us renew our dedication to our foundational commitment to respecting all faiths and beliefs.

The Holy Qur’an urges people to stand firmly for justice and reminds us that we were created as nations and tribes so that we may get to know one another.  The tradition of religious freedom for all strengthens our country, and we will continue to work with Americans of all beliefs and backgrounds to safeguard and deepen our collective commitment to this fundamental principle. This year, we will resume the tradition of celebrating Eid at the White House, and of honoring the inspiring Muslim Americans who are leading efforts to build greater understanding and unity across our nation. 

To all those celebrating, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Eid.  May the spirit of community, compassion, and service we have witnessed over the last month continue throughout the year. Eid Mubarak!

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The meeting took place on April 28th, 2022. The pool spray prior to the meeting is 4 minutes and 19 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden’s remarks are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. D.C., time.

The daily press briefing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. D.C., time.

The reception is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. D.C., time.

This is an Open Thread.

We had a lovely 2 days; Monday and Tuesday in the Magic Kingdom. On Sunday we went to Medieval Times dinner and show. None of those things would have be possible without Halodoc covering the last week in April.

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