Biden Bits: Long After The Headlines Fade…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

President Biden’s public schedule for Friday, 1/20/2023:

Official ScheduleThe President arrives at Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews Out-of-Town Pool
12:10 AM The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route the White House
Joint Base Andrews Out-of-Town Pool
12:20 AM The President arrives at the White House
South Lawn
9:00 AM The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Closed Press
10:00 AM In-Town Pool Call Time
In-Town Pool
1:00 PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:30 PM Out-of-Town Pool Call Time
Stakeout Location Out-of-Town Pool
2:00 PM The President welcomes bipartisan mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting to the White House and delivers remarks celebrating the achievements of the past 18 months by 7:00 am]
East Room Pooled for TV and Open to Pre-Credentialed Media
3:45 PM Supplemental Pool Call Time
Stakeout Location
5:25 PM The President departs the White House en route Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
South Lawn Open Press
6:20 PMThe President arrives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Out-of-Town Pool

The press briefing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. D.C., time.

President Biden’s remarks are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. D.C., time.

President Biden has tweeted…

He’s got 2 tweets so far for Friday…

The video is 1 minute and 58 seconds long. It was filmed during the President and Vice President’s lunch over Ghostburgers. I will not be transcribing the video. It’s basically a recap of the last two years. You can find everything the Biden-Harris Admin has done at White House.gove/The Record.

For a trip down memory lane; Watch Live: Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

By “memory lane” I mean read the comments.

When the post was posted for Friday Eve, President Biden had tweeted 3 times. He added 10 tweets and 1 retweet giving him a Friday Eve Tweeting Total of 13 tweets and 1 retweet.

American Rescue Plan.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
Inflation Reduction Act.
CHIPS and Science Act.

The video clip is 53 seconds long. The voice-over is taken from the remarks President Biden gave when the 2022 NBA Champs, the Golden State Warriors visited the White House (01/17/2023).

President Biden: Today, the Golden State Warriors are known as one of the most successful franchises in basketball and all of sports. And four NBA titles, six finals, and — in the last eight seasons. That ain’t bad, man. (Laughter.) That ain’t bad. The stat line of a dynasty.

President Biden: In 2022, you showed what you’re all about: heart and hustle. Finishing near the top of the Western Conference at the end of the regular season. In the playoffs, defeating Denver, Memphis, and Dallas. And in the finals, beating the Boston Celtics for the Warriors’ seventh title in franchise history. That’s pretty damn good. (Applause.)

President Biden: You know, and they don’t do it with a style of play that does anything other than reflect America: constant motion with individual freedom and personality that comes together as one team — a team that plays with joy, with drive to be their best, and reflects the vibrancy of the Bay and the culture of our country. And no wonder — it’s no wonder why millions of people at home and around the world stop and watch you play. And that’s true. Wherever they can tune in, they watch.

President Biden: Our national motto is: E plur- — E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. Well, you put the Dub Nation in that (inaudible). (Laughter.) Strength in numbers. That’s the Warrior spirit. But that’s also America.

President Biden: Difficult moments like this remind us that we are one America. We’re one America. And, folks, I know the team we’re honoring today understands what it takes to work together. Let me just say that the Golden State Warriors are always welcome in this White House. Always welcome. (Applause.)

The YouTube is 13 minutes and 55 seconds long.

His full remarks:

Well, Governor, you and I have got to stop taking these helicopter rides.  We’ve made a bunch of them.  You’ve been hit — if anybody doubts that climate is changing, then they must have been asleep for the last couple of years. 

I want to thank you, Governor.  You and I, along with the Vice President, have been in close touch since this storm hit and even before it hit, when we were talking about it coming. 

We — we told the governor that we’d do everything we can, whatever he needs.  But he’s been through a whole hell of a lot. 

I don’t know what we had — three or four flights up and down the state for the wildfires and the damage done.  And it’s been astounding what you’ve done. 

And I want to say what I said then, and I’ll say again: The federal government is not leaving its responsibility until it’s all fixed, it’s done.

You know, Mr. Mayor — or, Madam Mayor, I want to thank you and the county supervisors and local officials, the first responders for all that you have done and all you have been dealing with to try to protect your constituents in a way that gives them some — I guess, maybe the thing that is most needed in these times is a sense of — of hope that everything is going to be able to get done, everything is going to be able to get fixed.

And I want to thank the entire California delegation for working with my administration.  Alex and Jimmy, thank you for what you’ve done, being with me today.

And, you know, we did an aerial tour of the damage.  And unlike when we did the aerial tour of the fires, it’s not as obvious from the air just how much damage has been done.  You get — we flew over the entire area, and parts of the state — the entire — you know, they got more rainfall in a single day than they get in an entire year in parts of the state.

Drenching rains, powerful winds, floods, landslides, but you don’t feel it until you walk the streets or what — when you’re able to walk.  And, you know, as — you know, toppling thousands of trees. 

Twenty thousand customers — two hundred thousand customers lost their power through the storms.  Now it’s less than 5,000, but it’s still 5,000 people who don’t have power.  We got to get it down to zero.

Nearly 150,000 people were under evacuation orders.  Now it’s down to 1,400 who are under evacuation orders.  And under 300 people are still in shelters.

But, tragically, 21 people died.  And that little boy, we’re still trying to find.  Everybody I’ve talked to so far today just spontaneously brings that up. 

You know, the fact is — you know, Jill and I have him in our prayers, the family in our prayers, and all of you.

You know, while the situation is still treacherous, we’re cautiously optimistic that the worst part is behind.  The waters recede, but we’ll see the full extent of the damage to the homes, the businesses, and to farms and ranches.

And we now — we know some of the destruction is going to take years to fully recover and rebuild.  But we got to re- — just not rebuild, we got to rebuild better.  We got to rebuild better. 

Last week, I signed an expedited major disaster declaration for the state of California.

Yesterday, I directed the federal government that we’ll cover 100 percent of the cost of removing debris and emergency measures like sheltering evacuees and paying overtime for first responders for the next 60 days.  (Coughs.)  Excuse me.  For 60 days. 

And right now, more than 500 employees of FEMA are out here — and other federal agencies — on the ground trying to help people.  FEMA positioned supplies for 100,000 meals, 100,000 liters of water, 20,000 blankets, 10,000 cots for shelters. 

And will be disaster recovery centers in every impacted area, including in Santa Cruz and Merced, where survivors can apply for assistance and if their homes or their small businesses have been damaged.  That’s already underway. 

The Army Corps of Engineers is helping to remove heavy debris and — safely and monitoring seven reservoirs in the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

I’ve instructed my administration to bring every element — every element of the federal government together with the help of immediate needs to long-term rebuilding, to do both.

We have to — in terms of the infrastructure, there’s got to be significant changes being made.  And the federal government is going to be here to help get that done.

For example, the Department of Agriculture is helping farmers with disaster loans and grants if they lost livestock or their crops were washed away.

The Small Business Administration — and some of you were with me when I just went through the small businesses along the piers here; it’s devastating what happened, but they’re going to get help — help local businesses with low-interest loans so they can recover.

And now, if you have — if you don’t have insurance or if you’re underinsured, FEMA is going to get you started on home repairs and replacing lost or damaged property like cars or refrigerators, things inside the home that’ll be able to be replaced quickly. 

To apply for assistance from FEMA, you can go online to

You can also sign up in person for disaster recovery centers in the coming days.  There are going to be at least seven centers opened across this state, and FEMA is going to deploy disaster Survivor Assistance Teams to communities that need them the most.  We can go to the FEMA website to find that location.

And, look, as I’ve said on other disasters, the key is not just building back, it’s building back stronger.

Just because — since I became President, we’ve spent $9 billion in disaster assistance to California for the extreme weather events they’ve had to go through.  Nine billion. 

And these weeks have shown the compounding effect of the disasters.

For example, places that were ravaged by past wildfires are now at a higher risk of landslides.  Extreme weather caused by climate change means stronger and more frequent storms, more intense droughts, longer wildfire seasons — all of which threaten communities across California.

So we have to invest in stronger infrastructure to lessen the impact to these disasters, because they become cumulative, in a sense.

We’ve already allocated funding from the Infrastructure Law that I signed a year ago and more than $16 billion for more than 480 projects across this state.

We’re making the palif- — the California power grid more resilient, building stronger levees, clearing hazardous fuels, and reforesting lands, protecting — to protect against wildfires.

And together, we can better prepare for future disasters, reduce the damage they cause, and [protect] the people’s lives and the livelihoods that are affected.

So let me close with this.  To the people in California, I say it again: The country is here for you and with you.  We are not leaving until things are built back and built back better than they were before.  You can recover from storms.  We’ll be with you every step of the way — and I mean that sincerely — every step.

May God bless you all.  And may God protect our first responders who we owe more than I can take time to talk about today.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  (Applause.)

White 01/19/2023.

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Catch y’all on Monday. Have a Happy Weekend!!!!

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