Biden Bits: Summer’s Over…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

President Biden’s Public Schedule for Monday, September 26th 2022:

7:40 AMOut-of-Town Pool Call Time
8:30 AMIn-Town Pool Call Time
9:25 AMThe President departs New Castle, Delaware en route Washington, D.C.
10:25 AMThe President departs Fort Lesley J. McNair en route the White House
10:35 AM
The President arrives at the White House
11:45 AMThe President welcomes the Atlanta Braves to the White House
1:30 PMPress Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
4:15 PMThe President delivers remarks at the third meeting of the White House Competition Council highlighting the significant progress made on the competition agenda in the last year and previewing new actions that will save families money and lower costs

President Biden welcomes the Braves:

Press Briefing:

President delivers remarks at the third meeting of the White House Competition Council:

The White House hasn’t posted a feed to the above remarks (yet). CNBC News has:

When Friday’s post was posted, President Biden had not tweeted, which you’d have known had I mentioned it, which I didn’t…

He ended up with a *Weekend Tweeting Total of 12 tweets and 0 retweets.

Friday’s Tweets:

We are in luck with this campaign mid-term tweet; Lady Snark was kind enough (crazy enough?) to cover both Senator Rick Scott of Florida’s 11-point-talking point-power-point plan of dumb from February and Republican Rep House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy’s *spit* plan of more talking points than plan on Saturday

The White House posted the following readout:

The President and Vice President met with members of their economic team – including the Secretaries of Treasury and Commerce, and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers – for an update on global economic developments.  They reported that the U.S. economic strategy, focused on long-term growth and investment, increased manufacturing, and fiscal discipline, has positioned our country to navigate challenging global times from the strongest possible position. The President reiterated his commitment to bring down prices, including by implementing the historic reforms in the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPs and Science Act, with the goal of transitioning to more stable growth without giving up our historic economic gains. He also directed the team to press the energy industry to ensure that the drop in global oil prices is passed along at the pump to consumers.

White House.gov. 09/23/2022.

The above is taken from his remarks at the celebration to celebrate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The celebration was held on September 13th 2022:

President Biden: (24:03) Folks, it offers working families thousands of dollars in energy savings with tax credits and rebates to buy new and efficient appliances, weatherize their homes, saving hundreds of dollars a year because they’re not going to have the heat seeking [seeping] out through the windows or doors, or the air conditioning. It provides tax credits for purchasing heat pumps, rooftop solar, electric stoves and ovens, and so much more. 

Saturday’s Tweets:

See under Friday’s last tweet.

From some fact-checkers:

Washington Post: Glenn Kessler gave President Biden 3 Pinocchio’s:

Snips:

When Biden says he cut the deficit by $350 billion in 2021, that’s a real number. In its latest report [released in November 2021], the CBO says the figure is $360 billion.

But here’s the shell game.

Before Biden took office, CBO said in its early 2021 projection that the budget deficit was expected to decline $875 billion in 2021. But then Biden enacted additional covid relief funds and other new policies, resulting a more modest decline of $360 billion.

The budget deficit was expected to fall even more in 2022, and it has under Biden. But the combined 2021 and 2022 budget deficits were projected by CBO to be $3.31 trillion. Now, CBO says they will be $3.81 trillion.

In other words, Biden is bragging about reducing budget deficits even as he increased the national debt about $500 billion more than originally projected.

[Snip]

The Pinocchio Test

Biden is citing real deficit-reduction numbers, but doing so in a way to mislead listeners.

The president is leaving out important context. The budget deficit was supposed to shrink as the massive spending caused by the pandemic faded.

Indeed, the budget-deficit picture, now and in the future, would have been better if not for Biden’s policies. He has every right to argue that those policies were needed. But he cannot suggest that they reduced the budget deficit.

Washington Post. 09/23/2022.

Fact-check.org from April 2022 calls the President’s deficit cutting credit taking misleading.

Snips

In recent speeches, President Joe Biden has been misleadingly taking credit for cutting federal deficits by historic amounts, though most of the reduction in deficits is the result of expiring emergency pandemic spending. Deficits fell between fiscal year 2020 and 2021 far less than initially projected after Biden added to them with more emergency pandemic and infrastructure spending.

And the deficits under Biden and beyond are projected to remain historically high compared with pre-pandemic levels.

[Snip]

Ultimately, CBO said FY 2021 ended with a deficit of nearly $2.8 trillion—about $360 billion less than the deficit in 2020. That’s similar to the $350 billion figure Biden uses. CBO noted that the deficit for 2021 ended up smaller than it had projected in July “mostly because income tax receipts were greater than CBO projected.”

CBO said greater-than-expected revenue growth in 2021 was due to “strong growth in economic activity, following the substantial disruption in 2020 caused by the pandemic.” CBO credited, in part, “legislation enacted in response to the pandemic.”

“As a share of GDP, which is really the way to look at this, deficits would decline from 12.4 of GDP in 2021 to 5.8 percent this year to 4.5 percent next year,” Gleckman said. “But most of that action is due to two factors: The booming economy that is likely to increase revenues substantially and a sharp decline in pandemic-related spending/tax cuts.

“I suppose Biden gets some credit for this since he and the [Democrats in Congress] designed the American Rescue Plan to include temporary spending,” Gleckman said. “But it is not as if this year’s budget includes major spending reductions. In fact, many of his proposals would increase spending.”

Fact-check.org. 04/27/2022.

While he has said this before several times; the most recent remarks to tweet text happened on September 15th 2022 during his remarks at the United We Stand Summit.

President Biden: (4:16:10) And I’m going to say it again: I am not going to stop until we ban assault weapons.  (Applause.)  We have to ban assault weapons.  I mean it.  We did it once before.  And when we did, mass crimes plummeted.

The Website gives you locations where to get your flu shots.

PBS NewsHour streamed the whole event. The White House did not (boo).

Sir Elton John enters the video at the 22 minute and 43 second mark. Prior to that at the 6 minute and 27 mark First Lady Dr. Jill Biden begins remarks followed by President Biden. Their remarks can be found here. There is a montage video of people talking about just how cool Sir Elton John is.

Track list from the White House performance.
Your Song.
Tiny Dancer (one of my favorites).
Rocket Man.
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me. (one of my favorites; he dedicates this song to Ryan White and his family. Ryan White died of AIDS in April 1990 he was 18 years old).
Crocodile Rock.
I’m Still Standing. (the last song of the night).

At the conclusion of the event President Biden presented Sir Elton John with the National Humanities Award.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, tonight it’s my great honor — and I mean this sincerely — to present the National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John.  (Applause.) 
 
Major Yang, please read the citation.
 
MILITARY AIDE:  Honored, sir.
 
Good evening, everyone.  The President of the United States awards this National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John for moving our souls with his powerful voice in one of the defining songbooks of all time.  An enduring icon and advocate with absolutely courage, who found purpose to challenge convention, shatter stigma, and advance the simple truth that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.  (Applause.)
 
(President Biden presents the National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John.)
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I think we surprised him. 
 
SIR ELTON JOHN:  I just said to the First Lady: I’m never flabbergasted, but I’m flabbergasted — (laughter) — and humbled and honored by this incredible award from the United States of America.  I will treasure this so much — (applause) — and it will make me double my efforts to make sure this disease goes away.
 
Your kindness — America’s kindness to me as a musician is second to none.  But in the war against AIDS and HIV, it’s even bigger.  And I can’t thank you enough.  I’m really — I’m really emotional about this.  (Applause.)  And thank you.  (Applause.)
 
THE PRESIDENT:  And, by the way, it’s all his fault that we’re spending $6 billion in taxpayer money this month to help AIDS — fight HIV/AIDS.  (Applause.)

White House.gov. 09/23/2022.

I couldn’t resist posting this:

Richard covered Sir Elton John two times in the music Night Owl; 1970-19731974-1976.

Sunday’s Tweets:

It’s not over for me and us here in CA., at least not yet!

Lady Snark for the win again (look under Friday’s first tweet).

His full statement:

This Rosh Hashanah, Jewish communities throughout America and across the globe will celebrate the birth of the world and the beginning of a new year.
 
With the piercing sound of the shofar and the sweetness of apples dipped in honey, the Jewish New Year ushers in a sacred time of reflection, repentance, and renewal. A time to pause and look inward. During these Days of Awe, we have the opportunity to ask what kind of person we want to be and how we have measured up.
 
Just as individuals can seek renewal, so too can nations. This past year has seen encouraging progress for our nation. More Americans are securing the dignity of a good-paying job. Fewer children are living in poverty. With COVID-19 no longer the same disruptive threat it was, families can once more gather around the Rosh Hashanah dinner table and sit together in their synagogues.
 
At the same time, we have much more work to do to realize the values that bind us as Americans and to restore the soul of our nation. In the coming year, we must not only look inward, but also look to each other. We must rebuild our communities through empathy and acts of kindness, bridging the gap between the world we see and the future we seek.
 
Jill and I offer our warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the United States, Israel, and around the world. May your prayers be heard and your faith revitalized—and may we all be inscribed in the Book of Life. Shana Tovah.

White House.gov. 09/25/2022.

*I’m counting Friday after post time as the weekend now, cause yeah, it is my weekend after post time*.

President Biden has tweeted…

He hasn’t so far for Monday; I assume based on past experience his first tweet for Monday will be a feed to his welcoming the Braves to the White House as the event has not started yet.

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