Biden Bits: Chocolate and Chip…

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It’s Tuesday.

Thanksgiving is Thursday…

President Biden’s Public Schedule for Tuesday, November 22nd 2022:

10:15 AMThe President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office Closed Press
11:30 AMIn-Town Pool Call Time
The White House In-Town Pool
11:30 AMPress Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, and Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
5:10 PMOut-of-Town Pool Call Time
Stakeout Location Out-of-Town Pool
5:50 PMThe President and The First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
North Lawn Out-of-Town Pool
6:20 PMThe President and The First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews en route Nantucket, Massachusetts
Joint Base Andrews Out-of-Town Pool
7:30 PMThe President and The First Lady arrive in Nantucket, Massachusetts
Nantucket Memorial Airport, MA Out-of-Town Pool

The press briefing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. D.C., time. I dunno if I’ll post early today.

President Biden has tweeted…

It’s 1 tweet so far for Tuesday.

The White House posted the following fact-sheet; Biden Administration Announces Six-Week Campaign to Get More Americans their Updated COVID-⁠19 Vaccine Before End of the Year

Today, the Biden Administration is announcing a six-week campaign through the end of the year urging Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine. With winter and holiday gatherings right around the corner, more Americans getting their updated vaccine will help avoid thousands of preventable COVID-19 deaths. The six-week campaign will focus on reaching seniors and the communities that were hardest hit by COVID-19 by making it even more convenient to get vaccinated and increasing awareness through paid media.
Making it even more convenient to get vaccinated – particularly for seniors and communities most impacted:

Over 70,000 locations are offering the updated COVID-19 vaccines, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps this month to expand to even more locations, including mobile settings and sites in rural and remote areas, through more flexible ordering options for providers. HHS will continue direct outreach in communities with trusted community partners and messengers to provide easy access to updated COVID-19 vaccines and information on the benefits of vaccination. HHS is standing up pop-up vaccine clinics and educational booths at major community gatherings – from libraries to sporting events to county fairs, and more.
Additional funding for community health centers and community-based organizations to increase the pace of vaccinations:

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  • $350 million for community health centers to expand locally-driven efforts to get more Americans their updated COVID-19 vaccines: HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will invest $350 million into community health centers, which they can use for mobile, drive-up, walk-up, or community-based vaccination events, partnerships with community and faith-based organizations for vaccination activities, raising awareness of the updated shot, and more.
  • $125 million for efforts to get more older Americans and people with disabilities vaccinated, including through accessible vaccination clinics, in-home vaccinations, transportation, outreach and education: HHS, through the Administration for Community Living will award $125 million in grants to national organizations that serve people with disabilities and older adults to support community vaccination programs and efforts. Funding will be provided to help local aging and disability networks hold vaccination events at senior and community centers; build up confidence in the vaccine; educate people about the risks of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead and how vaccination will help; provide supportive services, such as accessible transportation and individual assistance to overcome barriers so more Americans can get the vaccine; and connect people to the information they need to protect themselves from COVID-19. 

New enforcement guidance to ensure nursing homes are offering updated COVID-19 vaccines and timely treatment to their residents and staff: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires nursing homes to educate their residents on the benefits of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations and to offer the vaccines to their residents. CMS will issue guidance today reminding health care providers of this requirement. In its guidance, CMS will make clear that nursing homes with low vaccination rates will be referred to state survey agencies for close scrutiny, and that facilities that do not comply with the requirement to offer and educate on the benefit of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations will face enforcement actions, including the need to submit corrective action plans to achieve compliance.

HHS will also ask governors for their assistance and partnership in increasing COVID vaccination rates for long-term care residents and highlight for them how their states are performing against their peers. And, CMS will provide data to states and health plans about the poorest performing nursing homes to help them encourage action and promote increased vaccination uptake.

Hundreds of pop-up vaccination clinics to make it even easier for people to get their updated COVID-19 vaccines before the end of the year: National and local organizations, state and local health departments, K-12 school districts and higher education institutions, and pharmacies will continue to host pop-up vaccination clinics in urban and rural communities. Americans can also get vaccinated at ongoing events across the country run by schools, colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and state, county, research, and health fairs. And, organizations around the country are answering the call to host more community-based vaccination clinics in New Orleans, LA, Albuquerque, NM, Houston, TX, Jackson, MS, Miami, FL, Justin, TX, San Antonio, TX, Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA, Berea, OH, and Salisbury, MD, to name a few. Because of these ongoing efforts, Americans have learned more about updated COVID-19 vaccines and gotten vaccinated at a wide-range of events across the country – from sporting events to health fairs to cultural festivities and trade shows.

Increasing awareness of the updated COVID-19 vaccine:

Activating the health care workforce to highlight vaccinations and treatments for older Americans: On Monday, a coalition of the nation’s leading medical societies stepped forward to encourage their members – doctors, nurses, and other health care workers whom patients know and trust – to use every interaction with patients as an opportunity to make strong recommendations to get vaccinated against COVID-19, educate and answer questions about prevention and treatment options, and where feasible, provide vaccination. In addition, organizations, such as the Black Coalition Against COVID, LeadingAge, AARP, and the National Council of Aging will host town halls with their thousands of members.

Reaching people with facts and information about the updated COVID-19 vaccines through paid media: HHS’s We Can Do This public education campaign is airing TV and digital ads during the World Cup, as well as ads focused on reaching adults 50+ for Black, Latino, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and rural audiences.

Launching a targeted paid media effort to urge older Americans to talk with a provider about seeking treatment if they contract COVID-19: HHS is launching a new, targeted paid media effort urging Americans age 50 and those with chronic conditions to seek treatment right away if they get COVID-19. The national TV ad, “Can’t Wait,” began airing on November 21 in English and Spanish, with local TV ads running in 46 markets across the country, as well as social and digital and social ads.

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When Monday’s post was posted, President Biden had tweeted 2 times. He added 5 tweets giving him a Monday Tweeting Total of 7 tweets and 0 retweets.

The YouTube is 10 minutes and 21 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

He mentions the trip in his remarks before pardoning the turkeys.

President Biden: Later today, Jill and I are going to be flying down to North Carolina — to Cherry Point, North Carolina — for a Friendsgiving, where we’ll be serving Thanksgiving dinner to troops and military families to demonstrate our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. 

The 41 second video clip features snips of his remarks while pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkeys.

President Biden: This is a special time and the — in the greatest nation on Earth, so let’s be grateful.  Scripture says, “Let us rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.” 

The turkey “gobbles” and President Biden says “there you go.”

President Biden: My fellow Americans, please welcome the 2022 National Thanksgiving Turkeys, Chocolate and Chip.  (Applause.)  I tell you what, man.

President Biden: It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition here at the White House.  There’s a lot to say about it, but it’s chilly outside, so I’m going to keep this short.  Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold.  (Laughter.)  I don’t know if they’re mad yet or not.

President Biden: And now, based on their temperament and commitment to being productive members of society, I hereby pardon — I hereby par- — (turkey gobbles).  Yes.  (Laughter.)  I hereby pardon Chocolate and Chip

President Biden: From the Biden family to all of yours, Happy Thanksgiving.  And may God bless you all.  And may God protect our troops.  Thank you all for being here.  (Applause.)

The YouTube is 10 minutes and 28 seconds long.

He has added 2 mores tweet for Tuesday; I decided to include them here.

His full remarks:

 Thank you very much.  (Applause.) 

I imagine this has to be boring, boring, boring for these kids to stand up here.  (Laughter.)  You’re allowed to do anything you want, including go steal a pumpkin if you want.  Anything you want to do.

Folks, it’s an honor for Jill and I to be here.  You know, we — we’ve had — the reason we came is the chef is not bad.  You know, we’ve had — we’ve had a lot of meals with him in the past.  Thank you.  Thank you for all you do.

You know, to be here with the — with the Marines and sailors of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force is a great honor.  You know, I’ve gotten to see you all in the mountains of — and I mean this sincerely — the mountains of Bosnia.  I’ve seen you in Iraq.  I’ve seen you in Afghanistan.  And you’re incredible. 

The American people have no idea the sacrifices you’re making.  One percent — one percent of you represents 99 percent of the public.  You’re all volunteers.  You all just show up.  And you’re always there for — and we have a — I used to get in trouble for saying, when I was a senator, America has a lot of responsibilities but only one sacred responsibility.  And I mean this sincerely from the bottom of my heart.  It is that — that is to equip those we send into harm’s way and care for them and their families when they come home. 

Because as I said, you represent 1 percent of the population.  You defend the rest of us.  You are the — you’re the backbone, the sinew, the spine of the country.  And you really are. 

And so, I just want to came — we wanted to come and tell you how much we appreciate all you’ve done. 

And you know, John Milton, the famous poet, said: They also stand — they also serve who only stand and wait.  Your mothers, your fathers, your husbands, your wives — many times, they’re not able to be with you — like now, for many of you.  And they’re serving, too.

I remember when our son Beau was in Kosovo for six months as a U.S. attorney, and then he volunteered to head to Iraq for a year. 

And every morning, I’d get up before — before — Jill, my wife, is a teacher.  She’d get — she’s up earlier than me.  She’d be out of — out of the house by seven o’clock.  And I’d walk into the kitchen, and she’d be with her coffee, standing over — standing over the sink, saying a prayer. Just saying a prayer every single day. 

Because your parents, when you’re deployed, they don’t know or spouses don’t know for sure.  Every single day, they worry about you.  Every single moment.  And so, we owe them, too.  We owe them a big debt of gratitude.

And the other thing is, you know, one of the things that people don’t understand and they — until they run into you, is you are literally, not figuratively, the greatest fighting force, the best fighting force in the history of the world.  That’s not hyperbole.  In the history of the world.  It’s not a joke.  And you really are an incredible group of women and men. 

And, again, I want to thank the spouses as well, because they put up with an awful lot of your — because of your service.  And a lot of those empty table- — I don’t know how many birthdays you’ve had there’s been an empty chair back at your home, with your parents looking at that chair, wondering are you all right, especially if you’re deployed.

So, anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you for all you’ve done.

By the way, I’m serving mashed potatoes, so come to my place.  I’m the — all kidding aside, thank you for everything you’ve done.

And, you know, there’s — there’s a lot — a lot the rest of — I — I travel the world a lot, because as — before this as Vice President, before that as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.  And no one — no one in the world misunderstands your competence.  No one in the world misunderstands that you are the finest fighting force in the world.  That is not a joke.  That’s the God’s truth.

So, thank you, thank you, thank you.  And I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a good Christmas.  God bless you all.  Thank you.

Now, I’m not supposed to bless anybody.  I’m supposed to call the — the chaplain up here.  Where’s the chaplain?  Is he around?

There you are, Chaplain.  Okay.  I was going to say your prayer for you, but I’m going to give that up.

All right, you know, I — I — they got lucky.  I decided not to do what you’re doing.  (Laughs.)  So, here you go.  It’s all yours.

CHAPLAIN MYHAND:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

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