President Biden’s Public Schedule for Thursday, September 22nd 2022:
|10:00 AM||Out-of-Town Pool Call Time|
New York, NY Out-of-Town Pool
|11:00 AM||The President hosts a bilateral meeting with President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. of the Republic of the Philippines|
InterContinental Barclay, New York, NY Out-of-Town Pool Spray
|2:15 PM||The President receives a briefing on Hurricane Fiona’s impact on Puerto Rico and the ongoing federal government response|
Out-of-Town Pool Spray
|4:40 PM||The President participates in a Democratic National Committee reception|
New York, NY Restricted Out-of-Town Pool
|5:55 PM||The President departs New York, New York en route John F. Kennedy International Airport|
Downtown Manhattan Heliport, NY Out-of-Town Pool
|6:20 PM||The President departs John F. Kennedy International Airport en route Joint Base Andrews|
John F. Kennedy International Airport Out-of-Town Pool
|7:25 PM||The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route White House|
Joint Base Andrews Out-of-Town Pool
|7:45 PM||The President arrives at the White House|
President Biden remarks.
When Halodoc posted Wednesday’s post, President Biden had tweeted 2 times. He added 8 tweets giving him a Wednesday Tweeting Total of 10 tweets and 0 retweets.
From his remarks before the UN General Assembly:
President Biden: (28:12) So let’s stand together to again declare the unmistakable resolve that nations of the world are united still, that we stand for the values of the U.N. Charter, that we still believe by working together we can bend the arc of history toward a freer and more just world for all our children, although none of us have fully achieved it. We’re not passive witnesses to history; we are the authors of history.
The 49 second montage video of his day around the UN features snips from his remarks before the General Assembly.
President Biden: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow leaders, in the last year, our world has experienced great upheaval: a growing crisis in food insecurity; record heat, floods, and droughts; COVID-19; inflation; and a brutal, needless war — a war chosen by one man, to be very blunt.
President Biden: My fellow leaders, the challenges we face today are great indeed, but our capacity is greater. Our commitment must be greater still. So let’s stand together to again declare the unmistakable resolve that nations of the world are united still, that we stand for the values of the U.N. Charter, that we still believe by working together we can bend the arc of history toward a freer and more just world for all our children, although none of us have fully achieved it. We’re not passive witnesses to history; we are the authors of history. We can do this — we have to do it — for ourselves and for our future, for humankind.
The White House posted President Biden’s remarks prior to the meeting:
President Biden: (In progress.) …really positive, particularly you stepping in to access grain out of Ukraine and Russia. And — but there’s so much more we can do, I think. We’re — we’re prepared. And it wasn’t hyperbole what I was suggesting when I spoke. There are — I think that, you know, the great polluting nations of the world like ours owe an obligation to the nations that are suffering the consequences of global warming. You know, you see — you all saw the recent reports. The seas are going to rise as much as three feet in the next several decades. I mean, that’s going to put a lot of the Caribbean underwater, for example. And there’s things we can do now. And when — I think I mentioned this to you before — when we had one of our G7 meetings, I suggested we set up a — a Build Back Better initiative worldwide where we don’t only go into countries and help them, but we’re looking for $600 billion among us to be able to have them build the infrastructure they need to protect their physical capacity to survive. And I think we can do it. That’s going to take some real focus. And Senator Kerry is still continuing to try to generate some cooperation with China, which was started. I hope we can get that back on track in a major way. There’s just a whole lot of things that I — I think we have the capacity to do. And — but — then again, there’s one friend of mine who is a neurosurgeon who said my problem is I’m a congenital optimist. But I am optimistic. I think we can make things better. I think they’re — don’t you all agree that, all of a sudden, in the last — this past year, all the climate deniers looked and said, “Oh, my God. Look what’s happening.” It’s hard to be denier anymore. So, I think it presents enormous opportunities on the climate side and on the security side, on the physical security side. But any rate, let’s — I’m talking too much.
SECRETARY-GENERAL GUTERRES: (Addressing the press.) Do you mind now — please, leave us.
Q Mr. President, do you have reaction to Putin’s announcement about a partial mobilization of troops?
President Biden: You didn’t listen to my speech. Go read my speech.
Q I saw it. Anything else you want to share about his sudden decision?
President Biden: Nope.
The White House posted the following read-out:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres during the UN General Assembly in New York. The leaders reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and the United Nations. They discussed pressing issues facing the UN, including Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine – a clear threat to the core tenets of the UN Charter – and its impact on the broader international community. The President thanked Secretary-General Guterres for his leadership in working to establish the Black Sea Grain Initiative. They also reaffirmed the continued need for global action to address the global climate and food security crises.White House.gov. 09/21/2022.
The YouTube is 9 minutes and 8 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 3 minute and 29 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.
The White House posted their remarks from before the meeting:
Well, Madam Prime Minister, on behalf of the American people, I want to again express our condolences for the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. It was an honor for my wife and I to be able to pay our respects at her lying-in-state and attend the state funeral in London.
I was amazed and overwhelmed by the affection of the British people and the world, quite frankly. Even — I mean, the thousands and thousands of people who stayed all night just to pay their respects was enormous.
And I want to extend my congratulations to you, Madam Prime Minister, for becoming Prime Minister and working — and I look forward to working closely with you. You’re our closest ally in the world, and there’s a lot we can do — continue to do together.
And there’s no issue that I can think of, of global consequence, where the United States and the United Kingdom are not working in cooperation. And I expect we’ll be — continue to be able to do that.
And we have a full agenda today, from supporting Ukraine and — as it defends itself against Russia and Putin’s challenges, as well as China and it’s — posed by; preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons as well. There’s a lot on the agenda.
We also want to talk about energy, which understandably is of significant consequence to all of Europe and Great Britain and England — the United Kingdom, in particular.
And finally, we both are committed to protecting the gains of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. And I’m looking forward to hearing what’s on your mind and how we can continue to cooperate.White House.gov. 09/21/2022.
Prime Minister Truss:
Well, thank you very much, Mr. President, for welcoming me.White House.gov. 09/21/2022.
And thank you also to you and the First Lady for coming to the United Kingdom for the funeral of her late Majesty. She was the rock on which modern Britain was built. And I have seen a huge outpouring of affection for her in the United Kingdom but also here in the United States.
And we’re very grateful for all the support that you have given us over the — what has been two very difficult weeks in the United Kingdom as we move towards the reign of King Charles III and we enter a new era.
And as you say, Mr. President, we are steadfast allies. And I’ve enjoyed working with Tony Blinken very closely in our response on Russia’s appalling war in Ukraine and making sure that we are supporting the Ukrainians in their fight for freedom. But we face huge challenges as autocracies seek to cement and increase their assertiveness around the world.
And that is why we’re stepping up in terms of our defense spending. We’re going to be moving to 3 percent of GDP on defense spending. And that’s why we want to work more closely with the United States, especially on energy security, on our economic security, but also in reaching out to fellow democracies around the world to make sure that democracies prevail and we protect the freedom and future of our citizens.
And, of course, I’m looking forward to discussing the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and how we make sure that’s upheld into the future.
Thank you very much, Mr. President, for welcoming me and my delegation today. Thank you.
The White House posted the following read-out:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Liz Truss of the United Kingdom on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. President Biden expressed his condolences for the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and his appreciation for the opportunity to pay his respects at the State Funeral. The leaders committed to continuing their governments’ close coordination on global challenges, including support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression, addressing challenges posed by China, and securing sustainable and affordable energy supplies. The leaders discussed the importance of continued support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. They also affirmed their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.White House.gov. 09/21/2022.
The Other Tweets:
Here’s are two links I found via Google, there are more, but lots of opinion pieces that were very long:
19thNews.org: September 21 marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day of the year on which the median earnings of a working Black woman will have caught up to the median 2021 annual earnings of a non-Latino White man. This year’s observance is over a month later than 2021’s appointed day, August 3.
They say it was later this year because; Equal Pay Today, the collaborative of nonprofits and advocacy groups that generally designates Equal Pay Day observances, decided to include part-time workers in its calculation.
KOIN Channel 6 posted a YouTube video that says while the pay gap between men and women is closing there is still work to do.
The Disaster Declaration:
Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Fiona beginning on September 17, 2022, and continuing.White House.gov. 09/21/2022.
The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the municipalities of Adjuntas, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arroyo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Corozal, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guayama, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Lares, Las Piedras, Luquillo, Maricao, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Peñuelas, Ponce, Río Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa, and Yauco.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding is also available to Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures in all 78 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Lastly, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire commonwealth.
Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Thomas J. Fargione as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and additional municipalities may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated municipalities can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.
Snip from the above: Hurricane Fiona strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm on Wednesday as it headed toward Bermuda after carving a destructive path through the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where the storm left most people without power and up to eight dead. After making landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, Fiona caused devastating flooding and landslides on the island. Over the next two days, the storm gathered steam as it barreled into the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The article was posted this morning.
President Biden has tweeted 1 time so far for Thursday…
From his remarks before the UN General Assembly:
President Biden: (5:46) The United States is determined to defend and strengthen democracy at home and around the world. Because I believe democracy remains humanity’s greatest instrument to address the challenges of our time.
In personal news:
As many know my daughter has Dilated cardiomyopathy. On Tuesday at the age of 22 she had her first UCLA adult heart clinic appointment. It wasn’t a very long appointment, but according to her “new” clinic doctor we’ve gone from heart failure into heart recovery. Which is great news (not exactly new news we were sort of told that same thing at the start of this year) but it was the first time since 2015 that a doctor said the words “heart recovery” and well passed the scary overly used words “heart failure”.
We go back in February for an echo and blood-work. But the doctor is very confident our appoints will become yearly after that with her GP continuing to monitor her thyroid condition which is what led to the cardiomyopathy.
I would also like to thank Halodoc for filling-in as usual, she is…
Not only for filling in for me the last couple of days but giving me a week off that starts on September 30th, so I can go spend the day at Disneyland, my very happy place.