Biden Bits: No Higher Calling…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

It’s Monday.

When Biden Bits was posted for Friday, President Biden had tweeted 1 time. He added 6 tweets giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 7 tweets and 0 retweets.

Since it’s Monday’s thread his Weekend Tweeting Total is 5 tweets and 0 retweets.

FDA Approves Coronavirus Vaccine for Children Tweets:

Saturday’s Tweets:

On Friday, the FDA announced that they had authorized emergency use of the Moderna and Pfizer Vaccine to be used for children down to 6 months old:

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children down to 6 months of age. 

FDA. 06/17/2022.
  • For the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 17 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in adults 18 years of age and older.
  • For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the EUA to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in individuals 5 years of age and older. 

Key points:

  • The FDA’s evaluation and analysis of the safety, effectiveness and manufacturing data of these vaccines was rigorous and comprehensive, supporting the EUAs.
  • The agency determined that the known and potential benefits of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks in the pediatric populations authorized for use for each vaccine.
  • Prior to making the decision to authorize these vaccines for the respective pediatric populations, the FDA’s independent Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee was consulted and voted in support of the authorizations. 

For some reason they quote FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D., in the middle of the statement.

His statement: Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age.  As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death. Those trusted with the care of children can have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these COVID-19 vaccines and can be assured that the agency was thorough in its evaluation of the data.

More from the statement:

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a primary series of two doses, one month apart, to individuals 6 months through 17 years of age. The vaccine is also authorized to provide a third primary series dose at least one month following the second dose for individuals in this age group who have been determined to have certain kinds of immunocompromise. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a primary series of three doses in which the initial two doses are administered three weeks apart followed by a third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. 

Information about each vaccine is available in the fact sheets for healthcare providers administering vaccine and the fact sheets for recipients and caregivers.

FDA. 06/17/2022.

They quote Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research as saying: As with all vaccines for any population, when authorizing COVID-19 vaccines intended for pediatric age groups, the FDA ensures that our evaluation and analysis of the data is rigorous and thorough. In addition to making certain the data for these vaccines met FDA’s rigorous standards, the agency’s convening of an advisory committee was part of a transparent process to help the public have a clear understanding of the safety and effectiveness data supporting the authorization of these two vaccines for pediatric populations.

The rest of the announcement focuses on the “Evaluation of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Individuals 6 Months through 17 Years of Age.”

President Biden issued two statements one on June 17th the other was issued on June 18th.

June 17th, 2022:

Today is a day of huge relief for parents and families across America. Following a rigorous scientific review, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccines for kids under the age of five. As early as next week, pending recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), parents will finally be able to get their youngest kids the protection of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

We are the first country to protect our youngest children with COVID-19 vaccines, offering safe and highly effective mRNA doses to children as young as six months old. My administration secured vaccine doses for America’s youngest children and now with FDA’s authorization, we will begin shipping millions of vaccine doses for kids to thousands of locations parents know and trust—including pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals, and pharmacies. As doses are delivered, parents will be able to start scheduling vaccinations for their youngest kids as early as next week, with appointments ramping up over the coming days and weeks.

Thanks to my administration and partners across the country, we have come a long way in our fight against COVID these past 17 months. The vaccines, treatments and other tools my Administration has made widely available are protecting the American people from serious illness, keeping them out of the hospital, and bringing down daily deaths due to COVID-19 by 90 percent.

Today’s decision will help build on this progress, giving parents much-needed relief and peace of mind and helping our nation continue to move forward safely. We look forward to hearing from the CDC on its recommendations. 

White House.gov. 06/17/2022.

June 18th, 2022:

Today is a monumental step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus, with virtually every American now eligible for the protections that COVID-19 vaccines provide. After a rigorous and independent scientific review, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have now authorized and recommended the first COVID-19 vaccines for kids under the age of five.

For parents all over the country, this is a day of relief and celebration. As the first country to protect our youngest children with COVID-19 vaccines, my Administration has been planning and preparing for this moment for months, effectively securing doses and offering safe and highly effective mRNA vaccines for all children as young as six months old.

We are ready to build on the progress of our historic vaccination program that has resulted in over 220 million Americans fully vaccinated, more than 100 million Americans boosted, and over 2 million American lives saved. 

This coming week, parents will be able to start scheduling appointments at places like pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals, and pharmacies. Appointments will ramp up as more doses are shipped out, and in the coming weeks, every parent who wants a vaccine will be able to get one. As the vaccination program ramps up, Vaccines.gov will be live next week with vaccine availability and appointments increasing throughout the week.

These vaccines are safe, highly effective, and will give parents the peace of mind of knowing their child is protected from the worst outcomes of COVID-19. If you are a parent who wants to protect your child, I urge you to speak with your child’s pediatrician and make a plan to get your child vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available to you.

White House.gov. 06/18/2022.

The Signed a Bill Into Law Tweets:

On Thursday, June 16th, 2022, President Biden signed into law S.3580 the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022.

The YouTube is 11 minutes and 10 seconds long. His full remarks have not been posted. Still. I found a rough transcription of his remarks at C-SPAN; the text is copied from closed caption. I also found a “transcription” from Factba.se; It’s not a typical transcription of his remarks. They have them in snip form in text boxes with video of his remarks in a mini-video player right next to his words.

The video clip is 55 seconds long.

President Biden: (3:59) You want to know why prices are so high? Well there are a number of reasons having to do with Putin’s war in Ukraine, disruption caused by the pandemic, but one of the factors affecting prices is this: Nine major shipping companies consolidated into three alliances control the vast majority of ocean shipping in the world. And each of these nine is foreign owned. During the pandemic these carriers increased their prices by as much as 1000 percent-1000 percent. While families and businesses struggle around the world, these carriers made $190 billion in profit in 2021, seven times higher than the year before. Seven times higher than the year before. And they raked in the profits and the costs got passed on as you might guess, directly to consumers, sticking it to American families and businesses because they could. Furniture, appliances, clothing, anything and everything across the Pacific on a ship from Asia saw price tags shoot up. And families and businesses felt the squeeze here at home.

The Rest of the Tweets:

Friday President Biden and Climate Envoy John Kerry hosted a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. The YouTube is 10 minutes and 3 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 2 minute and 15 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

The White House posted the following summary of the forum:

On June 17, 2022, President Biden convened his third Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) to build on the progress achieved at COP 26 by further strengthening climate action while also addressing urgent energy and food security concerns arising from Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine.  Participants shared steps they are taking to strengthen their national climate efforts, and many joined the United States in initiatives to reduce methane emissions, speed the commercialization of critical technologies, put more zero-emission vehicles on the road, decarbonize ocean-based shipping, and increase fertilizer efficiency and alternatives.  The initiatives will bolster energy security and food security, speed the clean energy transition, and accelerate efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, the European Commission, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and the U.N. Secretary-General participated in the virtual meeting.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry opened the meeting by noting the valuable role the Major Economies Forum played in 2021 in contributing to the progress achieved at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP 26) and emphasizing the urgency of building on that progress at COP 27 in November in Sharm el-Sheikh.

President Biden emphasized that, while COP 26 brought the world much closer to a 1.5-degree Celsius limit on temperature rise, the world’s leading scientists have since underscored once more, with increased alarm, the rapidly narrowing window for decisive action to stem the climate crisis.  In line with the United States’ “Implementation-Plus” approach, the President called on countries to dedicate themselves to implementing existing goals while undertaking additional efforts to strengthen climate ambition.  Noting that the Glasgow Climate Pact calls on countries to revisit and strengthen their 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) emissions targets as necessary to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal, he urged participants to share any steps they are taking to update their targets.  The President also outlined new initiatives in the energy, transportation, and agriculture sectors and invited participants to join the United States in undertaking them.

President Biden and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt announced that the United States and Egypt will partner on Adaptation in Africa, including at COP 27, with a focus on tangible actions to improve people’s lives and build resilience to a changing climate.

Leaders spoke to the imperative and urgency of further strengthening action in this critical decade, including references to the importance of countries updating NDC targets this year that are not yet in line with the Paris Agreement temperature goal and to the need for submitting or updating long-term strategies.  Many emphasized the link between climate security and energy security, noting that Russia’s war in Ukraine only highlights the need to accelerate the clean energy transition and that renewable energy supports energy security.  Many highlighted the importance of scaling up finance and investment and underscored the economic and social benefits of a just energy transition.  Leaders commended Egypt for its efforts to ensure the success of COP 27.

White House.gov. 06/18/2022.

With respect to 2030 NDC targets:

  • Australia noted that it submitted this week an enhanced NDC to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Chile announced that it will strengthen its NDC, aiming to bring it in line with the vital goal of keeping within reach a 1.5 degree C limit on global temperature rise.
  • Egypt announced that it is putting the finishing touches on an updated NDC, which will include specific ambitious quantitative targets in multiple sectors.
  • Indonesia indicated that it is in the process of updating its NDC.
  • Mexico intends to submit an enhanced 2030 NDC target in line with the Paris temperature goal ahead of COP 27.
  • Turkey said it will submit an updated NDC by the end of this year.
  • The United Arab Emirates announced that it intends to submit an enhanced 2030 NDC target this year.
  • Vietnam will enhance its NDC.

Participants also announced other steps to strengthen national and regional climate efforts, including closing coal-fired power plants; instituting and expanding carbon pricing; setting ambitious national zero-emissions vehicle targets; setting ambitious national methane targets and developing methane abatement plans; increasing renewables, including through specific targets, incorporating climate assessments into the development of national budgets; modernizing hydroelectric plants; making large-scale investments in solar energy; pursuing efforts in the agricultural sector to promote emission reductions and food security; pursuing sustainable forestry initiatives; investing in hydrogen and ammonia; promoting reliable supplies of clean energy minerals and materials; strengthening national adaptation efforts; and pursuing regional mitigation and resilience efforts.

White House.gov. 06/18/2022.

With respect to new joint initiatives:

  • The United State and the European Union, building on the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) they launched last year, announced a new Global Methane Pledge Energy Pathway , with Argentina, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, and Norway as inaugural members.  The Energy Pathway aims to encourage all nations to capture the maximum potential of cost-effective methane mitigation in the oil and gas sector and to eliminate routine flaring as soon as possible, and no later than 2030.  The participants cover two-fifths of global gas production and three-fifths of global gas import volumes.  Countries and supporting organizations have announced $59 million in dedicated funding and in-kind assistance in support of the Pathway. With Egypt joining the Global Methane Pledge with respect to the oil and gas sector, 120 countries have now joined the Pledge.
  • Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates expressed support for the Clean Energy Technologies Demonstration Challenge to raise $90 billion of public funding by 2026 to build commercial-scale demonstration projects that the IEA reports are needed this decade to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.  In support of this goal, the United States and the European Commission highlighted planned investments totaling more than $50 billion. Countries are to announce their specific investment levels and action plans at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum this September in Pittsburgh.
  • Canada, Chile, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Norway, and the United Kingdom joined the United States in a collective 2030 zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) deployment goal of ZEVs comprising 50 percent of new light-duty vehicle sales by 2030, to include battery electric, fuel cell electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles. 
  • Canada, Chile, the European Commission, France, Germany, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Norway, and the United Kingdom expressed support for the Green Shipping Challenge, which encourages governments, ports, maritime carriers, cargo owners, and others to come forward at COP 27 with concrete steps, such as producing zero-emission fuels or creating green shipping corridors, that will help put the international shipping sector on a credible pathway this decade toward full decarbonization no later than 2050.
  • The European Commission, Germany, and Norway expressed support for the Global Fertilizer Challenge, which aims to raise $100 million by COP 27 to strengthen food security and reduce agricultural emissions by advancing fertilizer efficiency and alternatives.  The initiative will seek to ease pressure on fertilizer and natural gas supplies, lower nitrous oxide emissions, increase fertilizer availability and agricultural productivity, and reduce food insecurity globally by helping countries with high fertilizer usage and loss adopt efficient nutrient management and alternative fertilizers and cropping systems.

In closing remarks, Special Presidential Envoy Kerry said the announcements made, including with respect to NDC enhancement and the various new initiatives, will bring the world closer to keeping a 1.5 degree C limit on temperature rise within reach.  He noted that each initiative addresses a different aspect of the climate challenge and an area where countries can work together.  He stressed the need to move away from business as usual and “break the mold.”  He urged leaders to further strengthen the spirit of cooperation on the road to COP 27 and beyond.

White House.gov. 06/18/2022.

Participants included: 

  • His Excellency Alberto Fernández, President of the Argentine Republic
  • The Honorable Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia
  • The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
  • His Excellency Gabriel Boric, President of the Republic of Chile
  • His Excellency Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Her Excellency Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  • His Excellency Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
  • His Excellency Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan
  • His Excellency Han Duck-Soo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
  • His Excellency Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of the United Mexican States
  • His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • His Excellency Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway
  • His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey
  • His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates
  • The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America
  • His Excellency António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • His Excellency Xie Zhenhua, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping, People’s Republic of China
  • Her Excellency Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition of the French Republic
  • His Excellency Bhupender Yadav, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Republic of India
  • His Excellency Roberto Cingolani, Minister of Ecological Transition of the Italian Republic
  • His Excellency Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Member of the Council of Ministers, and Envoy for Climate, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • The Right Honorable Alok Sharma MP, President for COP26, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • His Excellency Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

On Friday, AP News reported that 70-year-old Robert Findlay Smith arrived for a pot-luck dinner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church where he pulled a handgun and fatally shot three of the elderly participants. One of those in attendance rushed Smith striking him with a chair and held him until police arrived.

Jefferson County’s District Attorney announced on Friday that; warrants were issued against Robert Findlay Smith for Capital Murder of Two or More Persons involving the deaths of Walter Rainey, Sarah Yeager, and Jane Pounds.  Robert Findlay Smith is being held on a no bond.

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 103 to 90 to become the 2021-2022 NBA Champions. The NBA Twitter account is very chatty, I scrolled forever to find the below tweet.

They have tons more video’s and photos with the NBA Champs.

His Father’s Day Tweet:

The White House issued the following Proclamation:

Every year on Father’s Day, we honor the men who help shape our character through their love, guidance, and devotion.  Dads and father figures across the country sacrifice so much to support their families and to ensure that their children can lead fulfilling lives. 

     I remember my own father, who instilled in me some of the most important values that guide me to this day.  He taught me to treat all people with dignity, and that there is no higher calling than to be a good parent.  He informed the way that I raised my own children — and how they continue to raise theirs.  Just like my father, dads all over our country help teach their kids a sense of right and wrong that stays with them their entire lives.  We owe these wonderful fathers a great deal of respect and gratitude. 

     For many of us, Father’s Day is an opportunity to pause and remember the fathers, stepfathers, father figures, grandfathers, brothers, and children that we have lost — but who are never gone.  Too many of us know a dad who was lost too soon or a father who has lost a child.  The pain runs deep, but we draw strength from knowing that our loved ones will always remain with us.

     Like so many Americans, I am thankful for the precious time I have had both as a son and as a father.  The unique challenges of the last few years have reminded us to cherish the time we have with our dads — learning more from them, showing them more gratitude, and showering them with more love.

     My Administration is dedicated to supporting our Nation’s fathers and families.  We provided historic funding to help parents access child care during the pandemic, and we continue to fight for lower costs and higher quality child care for the long term.  We are working to ensure that parents can access paid leave as they welcome a new child or care for a sick loved one.  Additionally, we are working tirelessly for safer communities so that all fathers can raise their children in flourishing neighborhoods.  From my own personal experience as a single dad, I know how critical support is when raising a family.  That is why we remain committed to helping single parents ensure that their children have equal opportunities to thrive. 

     On Father’s Day, we pay tribute to the dads, stepdads, grandfathers, and father figures who lift us up on their shoulders so that we can reach our full potential.  We express our gratitude for all that they sacrifice on our behalf.  We honor the contributions they make every day to strengthen their families and our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109) do hereby proclaim June 19, 2022, as Father’s Day.  I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day.  Let us honor our fathers, living and deceased, and show them the love and gratitude they deserve.

 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of June, 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.

White House.gov. 06/17/2022.

For Monday, June 19th, 2022:

9:00 AMOut-of-Town Pool Call Time
Out-of-Town Pool
8:15 PMThe President and The First Lady depart Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Out-of-Town Pool
8:30 PMIn-Town Pool Call Time
In-Town Pool
9:10 PMThe President and The First Lady arrive at the White House

President Biden has tweeted…

I held over a Sunday tweet to include it with one of President Biden’s tweets for Monday. He has tweeted 5 times so far.

Sunday’s Tweet:

The White House issued the following Proclamation:

  After the Union Army captured New Orleans in 1862, slave owners in Confederate states migrated to Texas with more than 150,000 enslaved Black persons.  For 3 years, even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black Americans in Texas remained in brutal bondage, immorally and illegally deprived of their freedom and basic dignity.  On June 19, 1865 — over 2 years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free — Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas. 

     Those who were freed from bondage celebrated their long-overdue emancipation on June 19.  Today, our Nation commemorates Juneteenth:  a chance to celebrate human freedom, reflect on the grievous and ongoing legacy of slavery, and rededicate ourselves to rooting out the systemic racism that continues to plague our society as we strive to deliver the full promise of America to every American.

     This Juneteenth, we are freshly reminded that the poisonous ideology of racism has not yet been defeated — it only hides.  Our Nation continues to mourn the 10 lives senselessly taken in Buffalo, New York, and grieve for the families who have lost a piece of their soul.  As we confront the awful reality of yet another gunman massacring innocent people in the name of hatred, racism, and fear, we must meet this moment with renewed resolve.  We must stand together against white supremacy and show that bigotry and hate have no safe harbor in America. 

      Juneteenth is a day to reflect on both bondage and freedom — a day of both pain and purpose.  It is, in equal measure, a remembrance of both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation, as well as a celebration of the promise of a brighter morning to come.  On Juneteenth, we remember our extraordinary capacity to heal, to hope, and to emerge from our worst moments as a stronger, freer, and more just Nation.  It is also a day to celebrate the power and resilience of Black Americans, who have endured generations of oppression in the ongoing journey toward equal justice, equal dignity, equal rights, and equal opportunity in America.

     Last year, I was proud to sign bipartisan legislation establishing Juneteenth as our newest Federal holiday, so that all Americans can feel the power of this day, learn from our history, celebrate our progress, and recognize and engage in the work that continues.  Great nations do not ignore their most painful moments — they face them.  We grow stronger as a country when we honestly confront our past injustices, including the profound suffering and injustice wrought by slavery and generations of segregation and discrimination against Black Americans.  To heal, we must remember.  We must never rest until the promise of our Nation is made real for all Americans.

     The emancipation of enslaved Black Americans was not the end of our Nation’s work to deliver on the promise of equality — it was only the beginning.  On Juneteenth, we recommit to our shared work to ensure racial justice, equity, and equality in America.  We commemorate the centuries of struggle and progress led by abolitionists, educators, civil rights advocates, lawyers, activists, trade unionists, religious leaders, public officials, and everyday Americans who have brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise. 

     As my good friend, the late Congressman Elijah Cummings, said, “Our children are the living messengers we send to a future we will never see.”  Together as a Nation, let us continue our work together to build a country we are all proud to pass along to our children — one where the foundational promises and ideals of America ring true for every child and every family.

     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 June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Day of Observance.  I call upon the people of the United States to acknowledge and condemn the history of slavery in our Nation and recognize how the impact of America’s original sin remains.  I call on every American to celebrate the emancipation of all Black Americans and commit together to eradicate systemic racism and inequity that can never be tolerated and must always be fought against.

   IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of June, 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. 

White House.gov. 06/17/2022.

The video is 1 minute and 14 seconds long.

President Biden: Happy Juneteenth, everyone. One of the great honors I’ve had as president was to sign the bill making Juneteenth a national holiday for the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Day nearly four decades ago. And it matters. It mattered to me, and it matters to the country.

President Biden con’t: Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and the promise of a brighter morning to come, a day of profound weight and power that reminds us of the extraordinary capacity to heal and hope and emerge the most painful moments into a better version of ourselves.

President Biden con’t: You know, great nations don’t–they just don’t ignore the most painful moments in their history. They embrace them to heal and grow stronger. And we’re a great nation. But it’s simply not enough to commemorate Juneteenth, for emancipation did not mark the end of America’s work to deliver on the promise of equality. It only marked the beginning.

President Biden con’t: To honor the the true meaning of Juneteenth, we must never rest until we deliver the promise of America to all American’s. All American’s. That’s what Kamala and I and our administration are committed to do.

The White House posted a statement on Juneteenth by President Biden:

One year ago, I had the great honor of signing legislation to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday—the first new federal holiday since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day nearly four decades ago. Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come. It is a day of profound weight and power that reminds us of our extraordinary capacity to heal, hope, and emerge from our most painful moments into a better version of ourselves. Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments. They confront them to grow stronger. And that is what this great nation must continue to do. 

But, it’s not enough to just commemorate Juneteenth. Emancipation marked the beginning, not the end, of America’s work to deliver on the promise of equality. To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we must not rest until we deliver the promise of America for all Americans.

That is why Vice President Harris and I have appointed leadership in the federal government that looks like America. Our Administration is taking a whole-of-government approach to advance equity and racial justice and address the lasting impacts of systemic racism on Black communities. We have implemented initiatives to expand economic opportunity for Black families, provided historic support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, improved health outcomes for Black communities, and taken important steps to protect voting rights, advance police reform, and enhance access to justice.

This is a day to celebrate, to educate, and to act. As we mark Juneteenth, my Administration will continue our efforts to root out inequity from our country and institutions and ensure true liberty and justice for all.

White House.gov. 06/19/2022.

The next 4 tweets are snips taken from his speech he gave during the AFL-CIO convention on June 14th, 2022. They are not exact matches but close enough…

President Biden: (10:53) But I also know too often we’ve had an economy where the wealthy do better and better while the middle class gets left behind. So we went to work to change that.  It started with the American Rescue Plan.  The law helped 41 mi- — people — 41 million people put food on their table.  Remember, they were having trouble putting food on their table.  It put money in the pockets of hardworking Americans who were in trouble, being thrown out on the street because they couldn’t pay their rent through no fault of their own.  It gave them what my dad used to call “just a little bit of breathing room.”  (Applause.) The next step was the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  And now not only is it Infrastructure Week, we’ve arrived at Infrastructure Decade!  (Applause.)

President Biden: (30:08) Republicans have it all backwards. Their plan literally calls for increasing taxes on middle-class and working people and cutting taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans. And I’m not talking about punishing anyone; just pay your fair share. It’s a matter of decency. It’s a matter of dignity. It’s a matter of fiscal responsibility.

The “plan” he’s talking about is the plan that Republican Senator from Florida Rick Scott released back in February. As Lady Snark said; it’s his “Magical Mystery 11-Point Plan!”

No press briefing today.

No remarks from President Biden today.

This is an Open Thread.

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