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    Senile Joe's State of the jewnion Address 2021

    (CNN) President Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. Read his remarks as prepared for delivery:

    Madame Speaker.

    Madame Vice President.

    No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it's about time.

    The First Lady.

    The Second Gentleman.

    Mr. Chief Justice.

    Members of the United States Congress and the Cabinet -- and distinguished guests.

    My fellow Americans.

    While the setting tonight is familiar, this gathering is very different -- a reminder of the extraordinary times we are in.

    Throughout our history, Presidents have come to this chamber to speak to the Congress, to the nation, and to the world.

    To declare war. To celebrate peace. To announce new plans and possibilities.

    Tonight, I come to talk about crisis — and opportunity.

    About rebuilding our nation — and revitalizing our democracy.

    And winning the future for America.

    As I stand here tonight — just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration.

    100 days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible, and inherited a nation in crisis.

    The worst pandemic in a century.

    The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

    The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.

    Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again.

    Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.

    Life can knock us down.

    But in America, we never stay down.

    In America, we always get up.

    And today, that's what we're doing: America is rising anew.

    Choosing hope over fear. Truth over lies. Light over darkness.

    After 100 Days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff.

    We are working again. Dreaming again. Discovering again. Leading the world again.

    We have shown each other and the world: There is no quit in America.

    100 days ago, America's house was on fire.

    We had to act.

    And thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer -- and with the overwhelming support of the American people -- Democrats, Independents, and Republicans -- we did act.

    Together — we passed the American Rescue Plan.

    One of the most consequential rescue packages in American history.

    We're already seeing the results.

    After I promised 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in 100 days -- we will have provided over 220 million COVID shots in 100 days.

    We're marshalling every federal resource. We've gotten the vaccine to nearly 40,000 pharmacies and over 700 community health centers.

    We're setting up community vaccination sites, and are deploying mobile units into hard-to-reach areas.

    Today, 90% of Americans now live within 5 miles of a vaccination site.

    Everyone over the age of 16, everyone -- is now eligible and can get vaccinated right away.

    So get vaccinated now.

    When I was sworn in, less than 1% of seniors were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    100 days later, nearly 70% of seniors are fully protected.

    Senior deaths from COVID-19 are down 80% since January. Down 80%.

    And, more than half of all adults in America have gotten at least one shot.

    At a mass vaccination center in Glendale, Arizona, I asked a nurse what it's like.

    She looked and said every shot feels like a dose of hope.

    A dose of hope for the educator in Florida who has a child who suffers from an auto-immune disease.

    She wrote to me that she was worried about bringing the virus home.

    When she got vaccinated, she sat in her car and just cried.

    Cried out of joy, cried out of relief.

    Parents are seeing smiles on their kids' faces as they go back to school because teachers and school bus drivers, cafeteria workers have been vaccinated.

    Grandparents hugging their children and grandchildren instead of pressing their hands against a window to say goodbye

    It means everything to both of them.

    There's still more work to do to beat this virus. We can't let our guard down now.

    But tonight, I can say because of you — the American people -- our progress these past 100 days against one of the worst pandemics in history is one of the greatest logistical achievements our country has ever seen.

    What else have we done these first 100 days?

    We kept our commitment and we are sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85% of all American households.

    We've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door.

    It's making a difference.

    For many people, it's making all the difference in the world.

    A single mom in Texas wrote to me.

    She said when she couldn't work, this relief check put food on the table
    and saved her and her son from eviction.

    A grandmother in Virginia told me she immediately took her granddaughter to the eye doctor — something she put off for months because she didn't have the money.

    One of the defining images of this crisis has been cars lined up for miles waiting for a box of food to be put in the trunk.

    Did you ever think you'd see that in America?

    That's why the American Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger -- and hunger is down sharply already.

    We're also providing:

    Rental assistance to keep people from being evicted from their homes. Providing loans to keep small businesses open and their employees on the job.

    During these 100 days, an additional 800,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act because I established a special sign up period to do that.

    We're making one of the largest one-time investments ever in improving health care for veterans.

    Critical investments to address the opioid crisis.

    And, maybe most importantly, thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we are on track to cut child poverty in America in half this year.

    In the process, the economy created more than 1.3 million new jobs in 100 days.

    More new jobs in the first 100 days than any president on record.

    The International Monetary Fund is now estimating our economy will grow at a rate of more than 6% this year.

    That will be the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in nearly four decades.

    America is moving. Moving forward. And we can't stop now.

    We're in a competition with China and other countries to win the 21st Century.

    We have to do more than just build back. We have to build back better.

    Throughout our history, public investments and infrastructure have transformed America.

    The transcontinental railroad and interstate highways united two oceans and brought us into a totally new age of progress.

    Universal public school and college aid opened wide the doors of opportunity.

    Scientific breakthroughs took us to the Moon and now to Mars, discovered vaccines, and gave us the Internet and so much more.

    These are the investments we make together, as one country, and that only government can make.

    Time and again, they propel us into the future.

    That's why I proposed The American Jobs Plan — a once-in-a-generation investment in America itself.

    The largest jobs plan since World War II.

    It creates jobs to upgrade our transportation infrastructure. Jobs modernizing roads, bridges and highways. Jobs building ports and airports, rail corridors and transit lines. It's clean water.

    Today, up to 10 million homes and more than 400,000 schools and child care centers have pipes with lead in them, including for drinking water.

    A clear and present danger to our children's health.

    The American Jobs Plan creates jobs replacing 100% of the nation's lead pipes and service lines so every American, so every child -- can turn on the faucet and be certain to drink clean water.

    It creates jobs connecting every American with high-speed internet, including 35% of rural Americans who still don't have it.

    This will help our kids and businesses succeed in a 21st Century economy.

    And I am asking the Vice President to help lead this effort.

    It creates jobs by building a modern power grid.

    Our grids are vulnerable to storms, hacks, and catastrophic failures -- with tragic results as we saw in Texas and elsewhere during winter storms.

    The American Jobs Plan will create jobs to lay thousands of miles of transmission lines needed to build a resilient and fully clean grid.

    The American Jobs Plan will help millions of people get back to their jobs and their careers.

    2 million women have dropped out of the workforce during this pandemic, too often because they couldn't get the care they need for their family, their children.

    800,000 families are on a Medicaid waiting list right now to get homecare for their aging parent or loved one with a disability.

    This plan will help these families and create jobs for our caregivers with better wages and better benefits.

    For too long, we have failed to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis.

    Jobs. Jobs.

    For me, when I think about climate change, I think jobs.

    The American Jobs Plan will put engineers and construction workers to work building more energy efficient buildings and homes.

    Electrical workers installing 500,000 charging stations along our highways.

    Farmers planting cover crops, so they can reduce carbon dioxide in the air and get paid for doing it.

    There's no reason the blades for wind turbines can't be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing.

    No reason why American workers can't lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries.

    The American Jobs Plan will create millions of good paying jobs -- jobs Americans can raise their families on.

    And all the investments in the American Jobs Plan will be guided by one principle: "Buy American."

    American tax dollars are going to be used to buy American products made in America that create American jobs.

    The way it should be.

    Now -- I know some of you at home are wondering whether these jobs are for you.

    You feel left behind and forgotten in an economy that's rapidly changing.

    Let me speak directly to you.

    Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic growth for years to come.

    These are good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced.

    Nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan do not require a college degree.

    75% do not require an associate's degree.

    The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America.

    And, it recognizes something I've always said.

    Wall Street didn't build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions build the middle class.

    And that's why I'm calling on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act -- the PRO Act — and send it to my desk to support the right to unionize.

    By the way -- let's also pass the $15 minimum wage.

    No one should work 40 hours a week and still live below the poverty line.

    And we need to ensure greater equity and opportunity for women.

    Let's get the Paycheck Fairness Act to my desk for equal pay.

    It's long past time.

    Finally, the American Jobs Plan will be the biggest increase in non-defense research and development on record.

    We will see more technological change in the next 10 years -- than we saw in the last 50 years.

    And we're falling behind in that competition.

    Decades ago we used to invest 2% of our GDP on research and development.

    Today, we spend less than 1%.

    China and other countries are closing in fast.

    We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future: advanced batteries, biotechnology, computer chips, and clean energy.

    The Defense Department has an agency called DARPA -- the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- that's there to develop breakthroughs to enhance our national security -- which led to the internet and GPS and so much more.

    The National Institutes of Health, the NIH -- should create a similar Advanced Research Projects Agency for health.

    To develop breakthroughs -- to prevent, detect, and treat diseases like Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer.

    This is personal to so many of us.

    I can think of no more worthy investment. And I know of nothing that is more bipartisan.

    Let's end cancer as we know it. It's within our power

    Investments in jobs and infrastructure like the ones we're talking about have often had bipartisan support.

    Vice President Harris and I meet regularly in the Oval Office with Democrats and Republicans to discuss the American Jobs Plan.

    And I applaud a group of Republican Senators who just put forward their proposal.

    So, let's get to work.

    We welcome ideas.

    But, the rest of the world isn't waiting for us. Doing nothing is not an option.

    We can't be so busy competing with each other that we forget the competition is with the rest of the world to win the 21st Century.

    To win that competition for the future, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families -- in our children.

    That's why I'm introducing the American Families Plan tonight, which addresses four of the biggest challenges facing American families today.

    First, access to a good education.

    When this nation made 12 years of public education universal in the last century, it made us the best-educated and best-prepared nation in the world.

    But the world is catching up. They are not waiting.

    12 years is no longer enough today to compete in the 21st Century.

    That's why the American Families Plan guarantees four additional years of public education for every person in America -- starting as early as we can.

    We add two years of universal high-quality pre-school for every 3- and 4- year-old in America.

    The research shows that when a young child goes to school—not day care—they are far more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college.

    And then we add two years of free community college.

    And we will increase Pell Grants and investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal colleges, and minority-serving institutions.

    Jill is a community college professor who teaches today as First Lady.

    She has long said any country that out-educates us is going to outcompete us -- and she'll be leading this effort.

    Second, the American Families plan will provide access to quality, affordable child care.

    We guarantee that low- to middle-income families will pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality care for children up to the age of 5.

    The most hard-pressed working families won't have to spend a dime.

    Third, the American Families Plan will finally provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.

    No one should have to choose between a job and paycheck or taking care of themselves and a loved one -- a parent, spouse, or child.

    And fourth, the American Families Plan puts money directly into the pockets of millions of families.

    In March we expanded a tax credit for every child in a family.

    Up to a $3,000 Child Tax Credit for children over 6 — and $3,600 for children under 6.

    With two parents, two kids, that's up to $7,200 in your pocket to help take care of your family.

    This will help more than 65 million children and help cut child poverty in half this year.

    Together, let's extend the Child Tax Credit at least through the end of 2025.

    The American Rescue Plan lowered health care premiums for 9 million Americans who buy their coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

    Let's make that provision permanent so their premiums don't go back up.

    In addition to my Families Plan, I will work with Congress to address --

    this year -- other critical priorities for America's families.

    The Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for millions of Americans --protecting people with pre-existing conditions, protecting women's health.

    And the pandemic has demonstrated how badly it is needed.

    Let's lower deductibles for working families on the Affordable Care Act, and let's lower prescription drug costs.

    We all know how outrageously expensive they are.

    In fact, we pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world right here in America -- nearly three times as much as other countries.

    We can change that.

    Let's do what we've always talked about.

    Let's give Medicare the power to save hundreds of billions of dollars by negotiating lower prices for prescription drugs.

    That won't just help people on Medicare -- it will lower prescription drug costs for everyone.

    The money we save can go to strengthen the Affordable Care Act -- expand Medicare coverage and benefits -- without costing taxpayers one additional penny.

    We've talked about it long enough -- Democrats and Republicans.

    Let's get it done this year.

    This is all about a simple premise: Health care should be a right, not a privilege in America.

    So how do we pay for my Jobs and Family Plans?

    I've made clear that we can do it without increasing deficits.

    Let's start with what I will not do.

    I will not impose any tax increases on people making less than $400,000 a year.

    It's time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1% of Americans to pay their fair share.

    Just pay their fair share.

    A recent study shows that 55 of the nation's biggest corporations paid zero in federal income tax last year.

    No federal taxes on more than $40 billion in profits.

    A lot of companies evade taxes through tax havens from Switzerland to Bermuda to the Cayman Islands.

    And they benefit from tax loopholes and deductions that allow for offshoring jobs and shifting profits overseas.

    That's not right.

    We're going to reform corporate taxes so they pay their fair share -- and help pay for the public investments their businesses will benefit from.

    And, we're going to reward work, not wealth.

    We take the top tax bracket for the wealthiest 1% of Americans --

    those making $400,000 or more -- back up to 39.6%.

    We take the top tax bracket for the wealthiest 1% of Americans -- those making $400,000 or more -- back up to 39.6%.

    That's where it was when George W. Bush became president.

    We're going to get rid of the loopholes that allow Americans who make more than $1 million a year pay a lower rate on their capital gains than working Americans pay on their work.

    This will only affect three tenths of 1% of all Americans.

    And the IRS will crack down on millionaires and billionaires who cheat on their taxes.

    That's estimated to be billions of dollars.

    Look, I'm not out to punish anyone.

    But I will not add to the tax burden of the middle class of this country.

    They're already paying enough.

    What I've proposed is fair. It's fiscally responsible.

    It raises the revenue to pay for the plans I've proposed that will create millions of jobs and grow the economy.

    When you hear someone say that they don't want to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% and on corporate America -- ask them: whose taxes are you going to raise instead, and whose are you going to cut?

    Look at the big tax cut in 2017.

    It was supposed to pay for itself and generate vast economic growth.

    Instead it added $2 trillion to the deficit.

    It was a huge windfall for corporate America and those at the very top.

    Instead of using the tax savings to raise wages and invest in research and development -- it poured billions of dollars into the pockets of CEOs.

    In fact, the pay gap between CEOs and their workers is now among the largest in history.

    According to one study, CEOs make 320 times what their average workers make.

    The pandemic has only made things worse.

    20 million Americans lost their jobs in the pandemic -- working- and middle-class Americans.

    At the same time, the roughly 650 Billionaires in America saw their net worth increase by more than $1 Trillion.

    Let me say that again.

    Just 650 people increased their wealth by more than $1 Trillion during this pandemic.

    They are now worth more than $4 Trillion.

    My fellow Americans, trickle-down economics has
    never worked.

    It's time to grow the economy from the bottom up and middle-out.

    A broad consensus of economists -- left, right, center -- agree that what I'm proposing will help create millions of jobs and generate historic economic growth.

    These are among the highest value investments we can make as a nation.

    I've often said that our greatest strength is the power of our example -- not just the example of our power.

    And in my conversations with world leaders -- many I've known for a long time -- the comment I hear most often is: we see that America is back -- but for how long?

    My fellow Americans, we have to show not just that we are back, but that we are here to stay.

    And that we aren't going it alone -- we're going to be leading with our allies.

    No one nation can deal with all the crises of our time alone -- from terrorism to nuclear proliferation to mass migration, cybersecurity, climate change -- and as we're experiencing now, pandemics.

    There's no wall high enough to keep any virus away.

    As our own vaccine supply grows to meet our needs -- and we are meeting them -- we will become an arsenal of vaccines for other countries -- just as America was the arsenal of democracy in World War 2.

    The climate crisis is not our fight alone, either.

    It's a global fight.

    The United States accounts for less than 15% of carbon emissions.

    The rest of the world accounts for 85%.

    That's why -- I kept my commitment to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on my first day in office.

    And I kept my commitment to convene a climate summit right here in America, with all of the major economies of the world -- from China and Russia to India and the European Union in my first 100 days.

    I wanted the world to see that there is consensus that we are at an inflection point in history.

    And the consensus is if we act, we can save the planet -- and we can create millions of jobs and economic growth and opportunity to raise the standard of living for everyone in the world.

    The investments I've proposed tonight also advance a foreign policy that benefits the middle class.

    That means making sure every nation plays by the same rules in the global economy, including China.

    In my discussion with President Xi, I told him that we welcome the competition -- and that we are not looking for conflict.

    But I made absolutely clear that I will defend American interests across the board.

    America will stand up to unfair trade practices that undercut American workers and industries, like subsidies for state-owned enterprises and the theft of American technologies and intellectual property.

    I also told President Xi that we will maintain a strong military presence in the Indo—Pacific just as we do with NATO in Europe -- not to start conflict -- but to prevent conflict.

    And, I told him what I've said to many world leaders -- that America won't back away from our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    No responsible American president can remain silent when basic human rights are violated. A president has to represent the essence of our country.

    America is an idea -- unique in the world.

    We are all created equal. It's who we are. We cannot walk away from that principle.

    With regard to Russia, I made very clear to President Putin that while we don't seek escalation, their actions have consequences.

    I responded in a direct and proportionate way to Russia's interference in our elections and cyber—attacks on our government and businesses -- and they did both of those things and I did respond.

    But we can also cooperate when it's in our mutual interests.

    As we did when we extended the New START Treaty on nuclear arms -- and as we're working to do on the climate crisis.

    On Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs that present a serious threat to America's security and world security -- we will be working closely with our allies to address the threats posed by both of these countries through diplomacy and stern deterrence.

    And American leadership means ending the forever war in Afghanistan.

    We have the greatest fighting force in the history of the world.

    And I'm the first President in 40 years who knows what it means to have had a child serving in a warzone.

    Today we have service members serving in the same war as their parents once did.

    We have service members in Afghanistan who were not yet born on 9/11.

    War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi—generational undertaking of nation—building.

    We went to Afghanistan to get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11.

    We delivered justice to Osama Bin Laden and we degraded the terrorist threat of al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

    After 20 years of American valor and sacrifice, it's time to bring our troops home.

    Even as we do, we will maintain an over—the—horizon capability to suppress future threats to the homeland.

    But make no mistake -- the terrorist threat has evolved beyond Afghanistan since 2001 and we will remain vigilant against threats to the United States, wherever they come from.

    Al Qaeda and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and other places in Africa and the Middle East and beyond.

    And, we won't ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined -- the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.

    And my fellow Americans, we must come together to heal the soul of this nation.

    It was nearly a year ago before her father's funeral, when I spoke with Gianna Floyd, George Floyd's young daughter.

    As I knelt down to talk to her so we could talk eye—to—eye, she said to me, "Daddy changed the world."

    After the conviction of George Floyd's murderer, we can see how right she was -- if we have the courage to act.

    We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black America.

    Now is our opportunity to make real progress.

    Most men and women in uniform wear their badge and serve their communities honorably.

    I know them. I know they want to help meet this moment as well.

    My fellow Americans, we have to come together.

    To rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve.

    To root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system.

    And to enact police reform in George Floyd's name that passed the House already.

    I know the Republicans have their own ideas and are engaged in productive discussions with Democrats.

    We need to work together to find a consensus.

    Let's get it done next month, by the first anniversary of George Floyd's death.

    The country supports this reform.

    Congress should act.

    We have a giant opportunity to bend to the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

    Real justice.

    And with the plans I outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues American life in many other ways.

    A chance to deliver real equity.

    Good jobs and good schools. Affordable housing. Clean air and clean water.

    Being able to generate wealth and pass it down through generations.

    Real opportunities in the lives of more Americans -- Black, white, Latino, Asian American, Native American.

    I also want to thank the Senate for voting 94—1 to pass the COVID—19 Hate Crimes Act to protect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from the vicious hate crimes we've seen this past year -- and for too long.

    I urge the House to do the same and send that legislation to my desk as soon as possible.

    I also hope Congress can get to my desk the Equality Act to protect the rights of LGBTQ Americans.

    To all the transgender Americans watching at home -- especially the young people who are so brave -- I want you to know that your president has your back.

    And another thing.

    Let's reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which has been law in this country for 27 years since I first wrote it.

    It will close the so—called "boyfriend" loophole to keep guns out of the hands of abusers.

    It's estimated that more than 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner -- every month in America.

    Pass it and save lives.

    And I need not tell anyone this, but gun violence is an epidemic in America.

    Our flag at the White House was still flying at half—staff for the 8 victims of the mass shooting in Georgia, when 10 more lives were taken in a mass shooting in Colorado.

    In the week between those mass shootings, more than 250 other Americans were shot dead.

    250 shot dead.

    I know how hard it is to make progress on this issue.

    In the 1990s, we passed universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high—capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds that can be fired in seconds.

    We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined.

    But in the early 2000's, that law expired and we've seen the daily bloodshed since.

    More than two weeks ago in the Rose Garden, surrounded by some of the bravest people I know -- the survivors and families who lost loved ones to gun violence -- I laid out several steps the Department of Justice is taking to end this epidemic.

    One of them is banning so—called "ghost guns."

    They are homemade guns built from a kit that includes the directions on how to finish the firearm.

    The parts have no serial numbers, so when they show up at a crime scene, they can't be traced.

    The buyers of ghost gun kits aren't required to pass a background check.

    Anyone from a criminal to a terrorist could buy this kit and, in as little as 30 minutes, put together a lethal weapon.

    But not anymore.

    I will do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence.

    But it's time for Congress to act as well.

    We need more Senate Republicans to join with the overwhelming majority of their Democratic colleagues, and close loopholes and require background checks to purchase a gun.

    And we need a ban on assault weapons and high—capacity magazines again.

    Don't tell me it can't be done. We've done it before ... and it worked.

    Talk to most responsible gun owners, most hunters -- they'll tell you there's no possible justification for having 100 rounds -- 100 bullets -- in a weapon.

    They will tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun, but who shouldn't be able to.

    These kinds of reasonable reforms have the overwhelming support of the American people -- including many gun owners.

    The country supports reform, and the Congress should act.

    This shouldn't be a Red vs. Blue issue. It's an American issue.

    And here's what else we can do.

    Immigration has always been essential to America.

    Let's end our exhausting war over immigration.

    For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and done nothing about it.

    It's time to fix it.

    On day one of my Presidency, I kept my commitment and I sent a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress.

    If you believe we need a secure border -- pass it.

    If you believe in a pathway to citizenship -- pass it.

    If you actually want to solve the problem -- I have sent you a bill, now pass it.

    We also have to get at the root of the problem of why people are fleeing to our southern border from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador.

    The violence. The corruption. The gangs. The political instability. Hunger. Hurricanes. Earthquakes.

    When I was Vice President, I focused on providing the help needed to address these root causes of migration.

    It helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave.

    Our plan worked.

    But the last administration shut it down.

    I'm restoring the program and asked Vice President Harris to lead our diplomatic efforts.

    I have absolute confidence she will get the job done.

    Now, if Congress won't pass my plan -- let's at least pass what we agree on.

    Congress needs to pass legislation this year to finally secure protection for the Dreamers -- the young people who have only known America as their home.

    And, permanent protections for immigrants on temporary protected status who come from countries beset by man—made and natural made violence and disaster.

    As well as a pathway to citizenship for farmworkers who put food on our tables.

    Immigrants have done so much for America during the pandemic -- as they have throughout our history.

    The country supports immigration reform.

    Congress should act.

    And if we are to truly restore the soul of America -- we need to protect the sacred right to vote.

    More people voted in the last presidential election than ever before
    in our history -- in the middle of one of the worst pandemics ever.

    That should be celebrated. Instead it's being attacked.

    Congress should pass H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and send them to my desk right away.

    The country supports it.

    Congress should act.

    As we gather here tonight, the images of a violent mob assaulting this Capitol—desecrating our democracy—remain vivid in our minds.

    Lives were put at risk. Lives were lost. Extraordinary courage was summoned.

    The insurrection was an existential crisis—a test of whether our democracy could survive.

    It did.

    But the struggle is far from over. The question of whether our democracy will long endure is both ancient and urgent.

    As old as our Republic. Still vital today.

    Can our democracy deliver on its promise that all of us -- created equal in the image of God -- have a chance to lead lives of dignity, respect, and possibility?

    Can our democracy deliver on the most pressing needs of our people?

    Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate and fears that have pulled us apart?

    America's adversaries -- the autocrats of the world -- are betting it can't.

    They believe we are too full of anger and division and rage.

    They look at the images of the mob that assaulted this Capitol as proof that the sun is setting on American democracy.

    They are wrong. And we have to prove them wrong.

    We have to prove democracy still works.

    That our government still works -- and can deliver for the people.

    In our first 100 Days together, we have acted to restore the people's faith in our democracy to deliver.

    We're vaccinating the nation. We're creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. We're delivering real results people can see and feel in their own lives.

    Opening the doors of opportunity. Guaranteeing fairness and justice.

    That's the essence of America.

    That's democracy in action.

    Our Constitution opens with the words, "We the People".

    It's time we remembered that We the People are the government. You and I.

    Not some force in a distant capital. Not some powerful force we have no control over.

    It's us. It's "We the people."

    In another era when our democracy was tested, Franklin Roosevelt reminded us—In America: we do our part.

    That's all I'm asking. That we all do our part.

    And if we do, then we will meet the central challenge of the age by proving that democracy is durable and strong.

    The autocrats will not win the future.

    America will.

    The future will belong to America.

    I stand here tonight before you in a new and vital hour in the life of our democracy and our nation.

    And I can say with absolute confidence: I have never been more confident or more optimistic about America.

    We have stared into an abyss of insurrection and autocracy — of pandemic and pain — and "We the People" did not flinch.

    At the very moment our adversaries were certain we would pull apart and fail.

    We came together.


    With light and hope, we summoned new strength and new resolve.

    To position us to win the competition for the 21st Century.

    On our way forward to a Union more perfect. More prosperous. More just.

    As one people. One nation. One America.

    It's never been a good bet to bet against America.

    And it still isn't.

    We are the United States of America.

    There is nothing -- nothing -- beyond our capacity -- nothing we can't do -- if we do it together.

    May God bless you all.

    May God protect our troops.


    After Much [s]Election Fraudulency Ah Finally Got Inniggerated #46

  • #2
    One of Senile Joe's Memorial Day Speeches

    One of Senile Joe's Memorial Day Speeches

    President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden gave remarks honoring Memorial Day weekend at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia on May 28, 2021. Read the transcript of the speeches here.

    Speaker 1: (08:09)
    Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Commander Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Colonel Clinton Ross, United States Air Force.

    Colonel Clinton Ross: (08:25)
    Good afternoon. As you heard, I’m Colonel Clint Ross, Installation Commander for Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Let me start off with a huge thank you to our distinguished guests and the airmen and soldiers who are here today for this special event. I would also like to take a moment to thank the staff and the service members who made this visit possible. Your efforts are not unnoticed or unappreciated in making this a very special event for our first lady and president. And now please join me in welcoming Mrs. Brittany Bean and her family, spouse of Major Nathan Bean who’s currently deployed; our first lady, Dr. Jill Biden; and our Commander in Chief and 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden. Please take your seats. Early in the Obama Administration, I had the pleasure of working with then second lady, Dr. Biden, and I can attest firsthand to her sincere passion about our service members and their families. From wounded warrior events, Gold Star Family recognition, and the Joining Forces initiative, she has been a devoted advocate to those who serve and have served. It is now my sincere honor to now welcome first lady Dr. Jill Biden. Ma’am, it’s a pleasure to see you again, and the stage is yours.

    Jill Biden: (10:47)
    Thank you, Colonel Ross. And Clint, it’s so wonderful to see you again. When our paths last crossed, as Clint said, you were serving in the White House Military Office, and the Obama-Biden Administration was just getting started. And you-

    First Lady Jill Biden: (11:03)
    … Biden administration was just getting started, and you were an invaluable resource to my team as we worked to serve the military community through our Joining Forces initiative. I remember how sweet Claire was when you brought her to take-your-daughter-to-work day. I’m truly grateful for everything that you did to support us back then and for you and your family’s continued service today.

    First Lady Jill Biden: (11:33)
    Good afternoon, everyone. It’s great to be back in Norfolk, here at Langley-Eustis, and with those who have given so much for our country, our airmen and our soldiers and those who love them, the families of our service members and veterans, the caregivers who lift up our wounded, our ill and are injured, the survivors who grieve those we’ve lost. You may not wear a uniform, but military families are as critical to our national defense as a rudder is to a ship. You support your service member no matter where they are. You sacrifice your safety with every move and PCS, with every new school or job. You serve alongside your loved ones. We have an all volunteer force and it continues only because generations of Americans see the honor, dignity and patriotism of military service. How can we hope to keep our military strong if our service members are forced to choose between their love of country and their love of family? That’s why supporting your physical, social and emotional health is a national security imperative. Your commander-in-chief and I understand that. This is personal to us. As we begin Memorial Day weekend with a community who feels its gravity deeply, our hearts are with all the survivors remembering and celebrating someone they love. We owe them a debt we can never repay, and we must do everything we can to help them carry the weight of their grief and always, always honor their service.

    First Lady Jill Biden: (13:41)
    10 years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and I created Joining Forces, and this work continues to be one of my top priorities today. We’re going to make sure that our military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors have what they, what you need to survive. Our military is a community bound together by love. Love for our country, love for the men and women who serve beside you or the service members in your life, and love for the communities that you all have built together. It’s time that our nation matches that devotion. May God bless you all, our troops and their families.

    First Lady Jill Biden: (14:36)
    Now I’m excited to welcome our next speaker, Brittany Bean. In addition to being a mom of three, a veteran herself and a fellow teacher, Brittany has navigated much of this pandemic while her husband, Major Nathaniel Bean is deployed to Afghanistan. With Brittany’s service, this is their family’s seventh combined deployment. Brittany, like so many moms, I know that you are the rock of your family, and that’s especially true when you’re parenting with a deployed partner. I want to thank you and your children, Jordan, Nathan, and Margaret Catherine, for your strength, resilience and everything you do every day to keep us safe.

    First Lady Jill Biden: (15:40)

    Brittany Bean: (15:46)
    Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I am Brittany Bean and these are my well-behaved, yeah, and adorable children; Margaret Catherine, Nathan, and Jordan. My husband, Major Bean, is overseas in Afghanistan. He has been gone for six months and he will return in about six more months, about in time for Christmas.

    Brittany Bean: (16:13)
    On this Memorial Day, we are asked to honor, remember and mourn those airmen, service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties, home and abroad. As a veteran, myself and spouse to a service member currently serving overseas, I am all too aware of the cost these young men and women are asked to bear, as is President Biden, who has suffered a loss of his own. Some of you listening to my voice right now have also suffered a loss. I’d like to extend my external and internal gratitude however willing to protect the American Dream, to keep our nation a beacon of democracy and hope to others. It comes with a great sense of honor and pride.

    Brittany Bean: (17:05)
    Though I’ve taken off the uniform and have transitioned to being a military spouse, I am still afforded an opportunity to serve others as an educator at Poquoson Elementary School, go Bulls, thanks to programs like the CARES Act. However, as most educators know, not all lessons are retained to the confines of the classroom. Our three children have benefited immensely from the range of interpersonal relationships they have formed over the years as military children. Our children have lived abroad in the Middle East, traveled all across Europe and the United States. They have had the opportunity to meet families from walks of life and many sociopolitical backgrounds. The military is a global community, a unified community, and one that I am proud to have served and continue to serve.

    Brittany Bean: (17:59)
    With that, I would like to welcome President Biden to joint base Langley-Eustis and the Hampton Roads region. But first, when you were elected, my husband said, “I got to shake the hand of the president. You gave his commissioning speech at the 2009 Air Force Academy graduation. I said, “I actually get to shake the president’s hand.” I win, don’t you agree? Thank you.

    President Joe Biden: (18:29)
    How about a hug?

    Brittany Bean: (18:38)
    Oh, that’s even better.

    President Joe Biden: (18:38)
    You’re a good boy.

    President Joe Biden: (18:41)
    Don’t you guys look comfortable. Colonel Ross, it’s wonderful to see you again. Thank you. When our paths last cross, as Jill said, you were serving in the White House and I never thought we’d be standing here today, doing what we’re doing today. Chief Master Sergeant Peterson, thank you, and to all members of your team who helped put this visit together today. It means a lot to Jill and me.

    President Joe Biden: (19:17)
    When I was vice-president, and as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, we tried to visit almost every major military base in the country and as vice president around the world. You are, simply stated, you are the backbone of the country. You’re the backbone of the country.

    President Joe Biden: (19:41)
    Although, our son Beau was the attorney general in the state of Delaware and had spent nine months in Kosovo as assistant US attorney, trying to set up their criminal justice system. And I might say, I can do this with the military. I’m going to brag about him a little bit. He’s the only foreigner to have a war memorial erected to him in Kosovo, just below Fort Bondsteel, and a highway. The first highway they built named after him, the Joseph R. Beau Biden Memorial Highway.

    President Joe Biden: (20:20)
    He was proud as hell of his work. But then he had contracted an exposure to a virus when he was in Kosovo and in Turkey as a civilian, and he came back with a problem. But he kept going to Walter Reed. I couldn’t understand why. He was, they finally found, it was called ankylosis spondylitis. They finally found a cure, prevented him from having what they call bamboo spine. But he kept going back. I couldn’t understand why I thought I knew why. But he went back because he was trying to get an exemption to be able to join the United States Army.

    President Joe Biden: (21:11)
    He was a sitting attorney general and all my colleagues, Governor, Bobby Scott, and Congresswoman, they all know is that when you do that, he joined the National Guard and his unit deployed and he wanted to deploy to Iraq with them. He literally had to give up his seat temporarily. He could not have any business done, as you National Guard folks know, you can’t do any business with the state, if in fact you’re now federal property. And so he gave up the seat and had the courage to appoint the fellow who had been the Republican attorney general as attorney general while he went. The proudest thing he ever did. The proudest thing he ever did. He-

    President Joe Biden: (22:00)
    … thing he ever did. And he spent a year in Iraq and it was one of the great honors of his life to do it. Won the Bronze Star, Conspicuous Service Medal and other awards, like many of you have. But he never ever talked about it. I remember we had an event at the White House… I shouldn’t be talking so much about my son, but I’m not going to apologize for it. We had an event for Iraqi Veterans at the White House and the president, without telling me and Jill, invited Beau to be there with another 75 soldiers and sailors and airmen.

    President Joe Biden: (22:46)
    But he wouldn’t wear any of his decorations. And General Odierno called him, he served under him. He said, “Put them on, now.” Swear to God. Walking out of the VIP residence, he wouldn’t put them on until then. That’s the first time I ever saw the Bronze Star on him.

    President Joe Biden: (23:07)
    But I’m telling you that is, like a lot of you, you do your duty you don’t expect anything for it, except you will have general respect. You deserve so much more, you deserve so much more. I’m honored to be joined today by Governor Northam and by two great representatives of the Commonwealth, Congresswoman Luria and Congressman Scott.

    President Joe Biden: (23:37)
    And I want to thank you for all you do to represent these service veterans, because they’re devoted to you, the family members, the caregivers, survivors, all call Virginia home. I’m especially honored to share the stage with Brittany and Jared and Nathan and Margaret Catherine. I love those barrettes in your hair, man. I tell you what, look at her. She looks like she’s 19 years old sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed. Brittany, you’re doing triple duty as a veteran a military spouse and a teacher. And kids, thank you for being there for your mom.

    President Joe Biden: (24:20)
    I can remember all those times and all of you remember, the spouses, when your husband or wife are deployed. Every morning you wake up, you say that little extra prayer while you’re drinking your coffee. You just spend a little more time wondering. You make up 1% of the population in the defending 99% of the rest of us and we owe you. But you do your job so gracefully, you hardly ever say anything about what you do.

    President Joe Biden: (24:53)
    But it matters. It matters to your families for that time when you’re sitting across from an empty chair at kitchen table, at the dining room table. For those birthdays or Christmases or holidays where they’re gone. There’s a famous English poet who said, “They also serve who only stand and wait.” Also serve, only standing and wait.

    President Joe Biden: (25:23)
    I know, Major Bean, having been deployed in Afghanistan during the pandemic has only made everything much harder during the pandemic. Want to thank you so much and your entire family’s service to our country. You’re all incredible. You so underestimate how important you are. There’s nothing that Jill and I enjoy more than spending time with our troops here and abroad. Your stationed here in the United States are deployed around the world, I’ve been in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan over I think 25 times. And I’ve seen, I wish everyone could see what you do when you’re there. I wish they could see every day, how you saddle up, when you jump in that cockpit. Just see, know, it’s just doing your job.

    President Joe Biden: (26:17)
    Not to mention all the troops I’ve had a chance to visit in the Middle East and in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region. We’ve traveled all over, Jill’s traveled all over with me and on her own visits to service members in Iraq. I think she’s the only Second Lady ever to go into the middle of a war zone because she wanted to be there and see it.

    President Joe Biden: (26:40)
    I always want you to know, always, that the issues you and your family are facing we need to know how we can support you better. I mean it sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, support you better. There’s a reason for that. As I said, we Bidens are proud to have family in the military. And our son Beau’s service was among the achievements, as I said, he was most proud of.

    President Joe Biden: (27:12)
    My heart swelled seeing him in uniform. When I went into Iraq, I was there five times when he was in Baghdad. I remember the first time I saw him, his name was “Hunter.” I said, “What in the hell happened?” He said, “Dad, I want anybody to give me any special favors because my Vice Presidents my dad.” He got permission to put a different name tag on. I also remember what it was like to listen to him talk about the needs that people had, when he got back home. About all the folks he served with who came back with post traumatic stress and he was back being Attorney General and having to deal with it.

    President Joe Biden: (28:03)
    Here’s the point, you do so much and you ask for so little. Our experience is a fraction of what so many of you and your families have gone through. A family like Brittany and her kids are the absolute best America has to offer. Our heart, our honor, your solid steel spine. So my message to all of you is quite simple. Thank you. Thank you. Not thank you for your service, just, thank you for who you are. Because it’s contagious.

    President Joe Biden: (28:42)
    Thank you for choosing a selfless service to your country. I know we have mostly soldiers and airmen in attendance today, but there can be a lot of friendly rivalries on the base. Each branch has its own proud, cherished traditions and culture. And know how proud Langley is at the premiere 5th Generation F-22 Raptor wing. Oh God, I’d love to go up in one of those. I asked, “I’m your Commander in Chief? Why the hell can’t I command you to let me go up in one?” But they won’t let me do that.

    President Joe Biden: (29:18)
    Fort Eustis is one of Army’s busiest airfields, which is led by the Air Force, primarily used by the Navy. It’s all about as joint as it can possibly get. Every day the more than 20,000 members of the Air Force and Army, along with civilian personnel, come to work with a shared mission. No matter which branch of our armed forces you proudly represent, you’re part of the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. That’s not hyperbole. The greatest fighting force in the history of the world. You’re integral to the most powerful nation in the world.

    President Joe Biden: (30:01)
    There’s been no Army, Navy or Air Force ever like here, or Marines. Here at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, you enable the success of our mission around the world. You provide intelligence support and air power. You ensure our soldiers and airmen are ready, trained to deploy the COCOMs around the world. Including this year, adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols and quarantines before to ship out. In order to minimize the spread of the virus.

    President Joe Biden: (30:33)
    I know that many of you deployed yourselves, probably more than once. Over the past 20 years, our volunteer force and our military families have made incredible sacrifices for this country. Early in my term as Vice-President when I traveled overseas, I’d sometime meet the service men and women who were deployed their fourth, fifth, sixth time. I remember going into Baghdad, and those who had to fly in they’d do those circular deals so we wouldn’t get shot at, or we wouldn’t get hit. I walked up in the cockpit of a silver bullet that they had me in and I asked… There were five people in the cockpit at the time, the load master as well… “How many is this your first tour?” Nobody raised their hand. “How many the second tour?” Nobody raised their hand. “Third tour?” Two raised their hand. “Fourth tour?” Two raise their hand. “Fifth tour?” One raised their hand.

    President Joe Biden: (31:29)
    No other war! Have you gone in, served and got back up again and go back again and again and again. Once, once. Wiping the blood off the seat of an Up-armored Humvee is enough to get you focused. Then to saddle up next time and go back, and back again? You’re incredible. The country, they owe you and this time they’re more appreciative.

    President Joe Biden: (32:17)
    In my generation you didn’t come home and get off an airplane in a uniform in an airport coming back from Vietnam. People would treat you with respect, but they have no idea the sacrifices you make in theater. As we get close to bringing down the longest war, draw-down in American history, a true presence in Afghanistan, I want to recognize this significance to of what all of you, the United States Armed Forces have accomplished in the past 20 years.

    President Joe Biden: (32:49)
    Went to Afghanistan with a clear purpose, to get the people who attacked us in 9/11 and to prevent Al-Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base from which to attack America in the future. We achieved that purpose. You achieved that purpose. Year after-

    President Joe Biden: (33:03)
    … achieve that purpose. You achieved that purpose. Year after year, deployment after deployment, American troops pursued the terrorist threat through some of the most unforgiving terrain on the planet.

    President Joe Biden: (33:12)
    I have now had the pleasure, as they say, of being in every part of Afghanistan, from the FOBS to the Kunar Valley, down south, looking at all those poppy fields, and all in between. It’s one God forsaken landscape, but you all just showed up and did your job.

    President Joe Biden: (33:34)
    And it helped make sure there hasn’t been another attack on the homeland from Afghanistan for the last 20 years. And you never gave up until we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. I got criticized after 9/11 for saying we’ll follow the son of a bitch’s gun to the gates of hell until we get him. That’s exactly what you did. That’s exactly what you did. You got him.

    President Joe Biden: (34:03)
    And now as we draw down, we’re also going to focus on the urgent work of rebuilding over the horizon capabilities that will allow us to take out Al-Qaeda if they return to Afghanistan. But the focus on the threat that is metastasized, the greatest threat and likelihood of attack from Al-Qaeda or ISIS is not going to be from Afghanistan, it’s going to be from five other regions of the world that have significantly more presence of both Al-Qaeda and organizational structures, including ISIS.

    President Joe Biden: (34:36)
    We’re going to update our security stance, and turn our forces to the threats that will dominate our future, to ensure the security of the American people for decades to come. But we’ll never, ever, ever forget the terrible costs that we’ve paid as a nation.

    President Joe Biden: (34:53)
    Many of you likely have lost friends and colleagues in Afghanistan and Iraq. I know this is personal to you, especially as you head into Memorial Day weekend. We as a nation will always remember, and pay tribute to those we lost.

    President Joe Biden: (35:10)
    After I announced my decision to end the war in Afghanistan, the first thing I did was visit Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. Just walked through those headstones, seen all those stones.

    President Joe Biden: (35:28)
    Our son did not die in Iraq, but he came back. Went as an incredibly healthy young man, and came back with a severe brain tumor. I guess his hooch was just downwind from those burn pits. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but he came home it was just a matter of how long.

    President Joe Biden: (35:51)
    I still carry with me, every single solitary day, I have my staff for the last, since the war began, I have my schedule. In the back of my schedule, it says US daily troop update. US troops died in Iraq and Afghanistan, 6,927, not over 6,000. Total fallen angels across the board, over 7,000. Every one of these lives lost is a tragedy, an empty seat at the dinner table, a missing voice at the holidays. Every one of them left behind a whole community. Not just one, a whole community.

    President Joe Biden: (36:46)
    We can never repay that debt. But I promise you this, to all the Gold Star Families across the country, we will never, ever, ever, ever forget. Each year, Memorial Day offers us a chance to reflect on the enormity, with sacrifices that generation after generation of Americans has made. And the responsibilities that we bear, citizens bear in return.

    President Joe Biden: (37:16)
    I’ve said many times, it used to get me in trouble 25 years ago, 30 years ago in the Senate, America has many obligations. We only have one sacred obligation. Obligations to our children, to the elderly, and so many more things. Only one sacred obligation, it’s to prepare you when we send you in a harm’s way with everything you need, care for your families when you’re gone. When you come home, care for you, and your families, and the needs that may be a consequence of a war.

    President Joe Biden: (37:54)
    We owe it. We owe it to you. We particularly owe it to the memories, to affirm the very best of what America stands for, to uphold honor and democratic values. They’re the foundation of the strength of this nation.

    President Joe Biden: (38:18)
    I sometimes get criticized for saying what I deeply believe, having done this for the bulk of my life. We’re in a battle between democracies and autocracies. The more complicated the world becomes the more difficult is for democracies to come together and reach consensus.

    President Joe Biden: (38:41)
    I’ve spent more time with President Xi of China than any world leader has, for 24 hours of private meetings with him, with just an interpreter. 17,000 miles traveling with him in China and here. He firmly believes that China, before the year 3035, is going to own America, because autocracies can make quick decisions.

    President Joe Biden: (39:12)
    But America is unique. Of all nations in the world, we’re the only nation organized based on an idea. Every other nation you can define by their ethnicity, their geography, their religion, except America.

    President Joe Biden: (39:38)
    America is born out of an idea. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, et cetera.

    President Joe Biden: (39:57)
    None of you get your rights from your government. You get your rights merely because you are a child of God. The government is there to protect those God given rights. No other government has been based on that notion.

    President Joe Biden: (40:19)
    No one can defeat us except us. It’s an idea that generation of patriots have fought and died for and defended.

    President Joe Biden: (40:29)
    I know that’s a conviction that each and every day, you all share. That’s why you joined up. Why you run around danger and duty calls. It’s my greatest honor, it should not surprise anybody, it should be anybody’s greatest honor in all of life, to be able to serve as your Commander in Chief. No greater honor.

    President Joe Biden: (40:56)
    So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for spending this time with me today and thank you for your commitment to our country. Because without you, as I said, I’ll end where I began, you are the spine of America. The spine.

    President Joe Biden: (41:21)
    I can’t tell you how much it matters. I think you underestimate just the consequence of who you are and what you do.

    President Joe Biden: (41:33)
    I thank you. May God bless you. And may God protect our troops. Thanks.

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    • #3
      Joe Biden: My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world’s democracies

      Joe Biden: My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world’s democracies

      On Wednesday, I depart for Europe on the first foreign travel of my presidency. It is a trip stacked with meetings with many of our closest democratic partners — including the Group of Seven nations, our NATO allies and the leadership of the European Union — before concluding by meeting with Vladimir Putin. In this moment of global uncertainty, as the world still grapples with a once-in-a-century pandemic, this trip is about realizing America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners, and demonstrating the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age.

      Whether it is ending the covid-19 pandemic everywhere, meeting the demands of an accelerating climate crisis, or confronting the harmful activities of the governments of China and Russia, the United States must lead the world from a position of strength. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan and our domestic vaccination strategy, our economy is now growing faster than at any time in almost 40 years. We have created more jobs in the first four months of our administration than under any other president. Wages are increasing for American workers. And, as America’s economic recovery helps to propel the global economy, we will be stronger and more capable when we are flanked by nations that share our values and our vision for the future — by other democracies.

      That’s the agenda I will advance at every stop. In the United Kingdom, after meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to affirm the special relationship between our nations, I will participate in the G-7 summit. This group of leading democracies and economies has not met in person in two years due to the coronavirus. Ending this pandemic, improving health security for all nations and driving a robust, inclusive global economic recovery will be our top priorities.

      Already, the G-7 finance ministers have made an unprecedented commitment to build momentum for a global minimum tax rate of at least 15 percent to end the race-to-the-bottom on corporate taxation. And with the United States back in the chair on the issue of climate change, we have an opportunity to deliver ambitious progress that curbs the climate crisis and creates jobs by driving a global clean-energy transition.

      Just as it does at home, honing the ability of democracies to compete and protecting our people against unforeseen threats requires us to invest in infrastructure. The world’s major democracies will be offering a high-standard alternative to China for upgrading physical, digital and health infrastructure that is more resilient and supports global development.

      As new technologies reshape our world in fundamental ways, exposing vulnerabilities like ransomware attacks and creating threats such as invasive AI-driven surveillance, the democracies of the world must together ensure that our values govern the use and development of these innovations — not the interests of autocrats.

      Those shared democratic values are the foundation of the most successful alliance in world history. In Brussels, at the NATO summit, I will affirm the United States’ unwavering commitment to Article 5 and to ensuring our alliance is strong in the face of every challenge, including threats like cyberattacks on our critical infrastructure.

      While in Brussels, I’ll meet with the president of the European Commission and the president of the European Council to discuss how the United States and Europe can work in close coordination on global challenges. We will focus on ensuring that market democracies, not China or anyone else, write the 21st-century rules around trade and technology. And we will continue to pursue the goal of a Europe whole, free and at peace.

      So, when I meet with Vladimir Putin in Geneva, it will be after high-level discussions with friends, partners and allies who see the world through the same lens as the United States, and with whom we have renewed our connections and shared purpose. We are standing united to address Russia’s challenges to European security, starting with its aggression in Ukraine, and there will be no doubt about the resolve of the United States to defend our democratic values, which we cannot separate from our interests.

      In my phone calls with President Putin, I have been clear and direct. The United States does not seek conflict. We want a stable and predictable relationship where we can work with Russia on issues like strategic stability and arms control. That’s why I acted immediately to extend the New START treaty for five years and bolster the security of the American people and the world.

      At the same time, I have also imposed meaningful consequences for behaviors that violate U.S. sovereignty, including interference in our democratic elections. And President Putin knows that I will not hesitate to respond to future harmful activities. When we meet, I will again underscore the commitment of the United States, Europe and like-minded democracies to stand up for human rights and dignity.

      This is a defining question of our time: Can democracies come together to deliver real results for our people in a rapidly changing world? Will the democratic alliances and institutions that shaped so much of the last century prove their capacity against modern-day threats and adversaries? I believe the answer is yes. And this week in Europe, we have the chance to prove it.

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      • #4
        Senile Joe Biden struggles to sell democracy abroad when it faces challenges at home

        Senile Joe Biden struggles to sell democracy abroad when it faces challenges at home

        Nobody actually believes this shit

        Bad Vlad shakes paws with Senile Joe -- plays the senile tard like a pro

        GENEVA — Standing under the wing of Air Force One in Geneva on Wednesday — after a week-long trip abroad in which he repeatedly extolled the virtues of democracy over autocracy — President Biden seemed briefly to knock his own product.

        “I never anticipated — notwithstanding, no matter how persuasive President Trump was — that we’d have people attacking and breaking down the doors of the United States Capitol,” Biden told reporters, referring to the Jan. 6 insurrection in the former president’s name. “I didn’t think that would happen, I didn’t think I’d see that in my lifetime.”

        But then, like any good pitchman, Biden quickly regained his footing. He said the deadly mob attack had simply reaffirmed what he’d long been taught, by everyone from his political science professors to his former Senate colleagues: “Every generation has to reestablish the basis of its fight for democracy. I mean, for real, literally, have to do it.”

        As Biden hopscotched across Europe this past week on his first trip abroad, his most prominent message, repeated everywhere, was the need for democracy to prevail over autocracy in what he cast as the existential challenge of the 21st century. America, he promised, was back at the helm of that struggle.

        But the fight for democracy, or a version of it, is unfolding not just in Europe but also in the United States, and Biden’s message is complicated by the turmoil in the country he leads — the Jan. 6 attack, Trump’s baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen, the push to restrict voting, the ongoing “audits” of elections whose results have long been settled.

        In fighting for democratic values abroad, Biden risks seeming as though he is looking past the threats in his own country.

        “Anytime you have a really divided country, it’s going to make the president look weaker,” said Michael Kazin, a Georgetown University historian. What is especially striking now, he added, is how many Americans question Biden’s victory and say they are open to political violence: “A disputed election is one thing. It’s another thing to have a large number of people in the losing party say that they don’t accept the results.”

        Biden visibly wrestled with this challenge at times during his week-long trip to Cornwall, Brussels and Geneva. At NATO headquarters in Brussels, he paused and let out a small sigh before answering a question about how the assault on the Capitol, and America’s polarized politics in general, might undercut his credibility with allies who know that Trump or a Trump-like figure could be back in power in Washington in a matter of years.

        He essentially argued that Trump was an aberration. “I’m not making any promises to anyone that I don’t believe are overwhelmingly likely to be kept,” Biden said. European leaders, he added, “know our recent history — know, generically, the character of the American people” and believe, as he does, that “the American people are not going to sustain that kind of behavior.”

        The dilemma is unlikely to fade anytime soon. Biden’s next foreign trip could come this fall, when the Group of 20 meets in Rome and a climate summit is held in Glasgow. At the same time, Trump has signaled that he will ramp up his activities, holding rallies and endorsing candidates as he continues to promote the falsehood that the election was stolen, with many Republicans vocally agreeing.

        And Biden also faces doubts from more liberal quarters.

        Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said democracy is in serious peril in the United States. Nevertheless, she said, that shouldn’t stop Biden from promoting democracy over autocracy on a global scale.

        “There’s no question we have a lot of work to do to protect our democracy here, and I think we saw on January 6 how close we came to losing it,” Jayapal said. “But I don’t think that undermines our ability to make that argument around the world. I actually think in some ways it strengthens our argument to say, ‘We are dealing with these same factors in the United States.’ ”

        Yet in making his pitch on his first trip abroad, Biden largely steered clear of underscoring the problems in the United States, as Jayapal suggested.

        “The truth is that we still do have a democracy. And it’s teetering. It’s on the brink,” Jayapal said. “If we don’t pass these voting rights laws, then I think we will be in a position where people will no longer look to America, and we’ve already seen that happen in some ways.”

        Biden’s position in some ways echoes that of American leaders in the aftermath of World War II, when the United States faced off against the Soviet Union for the moral high ground. America’s case at the time was damaged by racism and segregation at home, which Russian leaders were quick to highlight.

        As Biden made his way across Europe this past week, he hugged democratic allies close after the estrangement and hurt feelings of the Trump years. He also tried to put some victories in democracy’s column at every stop.

        He succeeded, but only to a point that illustrated the limits of democratic consensus.

        In Britain, for example, Group of Seven leaders announced that rich democracies would give one billion coronavirus vaccines to poorer nations, but that came only after months of complaints that the United States, Canada and other wealthy nations were hoarding vaccines, a phenomenon critics called “vaccine apartheid.”

        And the donation, while large, was immediately branded insufficient to meet the needs of vaccinating the world population. “We need more than that,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said, even as he welcomed the effort.

        The United States is contributing half the total — 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines — in what Biden framed as the U.S. reclaiming leadership at a moment of crisis. “America will be the arsenal of vaccines in our fight against covid-19, just as America was the arsenal of democracy during World War II,” he declared.

        Biden also prodded allies to adopt a newly skeptical view of China, but neither the G-7 nor NATO went as far as he had hoped in naming and shaming what the United States calls exploitative Chinese investments and aggressive Chinese military posturing.

        A surprise announcement in Brussels that the United States and Europe had resolved a 17-year trade dispute over aircraft manufacturing was framed as a unified answer to competition from Chinese-made wide-bodied planes. But the marquee deal is essentially a punt that delays for five years the hardest questions about government subsidies.

        That means the Boeing vs. Airbus trade saga, and the union labor fires it stoked in the United States, are on a back burner until after the next presidential election.

        The summer camp vibe of democratic good feeling became a solo journey when Biden arrived in Geneva for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which in some ways came down to a mano-a-mano dispute over democracy in the United States.

        After a three-hour meeting at a historic villa in Geneva, Putin seized on Biden’s tumultuous domestic situation to dismiss human rights abuses in his own country. He portrayed the attack on the Capitol as laudable and racial justice protests as anti-democratic, echoing the perspective of many on the right.

        Pressed on why so many of his political opponents wind up poisoned, jailed or dead, Putin accused the United States of killing and imprisoning peaceful political protesters involved in the Jan. 6 riot. The veteran Russian leader, who has consolidated power and wealth while neutering political opposition, went on to say that his crackdown on opposition leaders is partly to avoid the rise in Russia of movements like Black Lives Matter.

        Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, a risk assessment firm, said Putin was essentially deploying what partisans in the United States have taken to calling “whataboutism,” citing an opponent’s alleged faults to distract from one’s own.

        “It is certainly true that the United States needs to build its credibility domestically if it wants to be the moral leader of democracy abroad,” Bremmer said. But, he added, “Let’s not pretend there is a moral equivalency, which is what the Chinese and Russians are trying to claim.”

        “As bad as it has been in the United States, and it has been bad in the United States — a lot of Republicans don’t believe in representative democracy at this point — the United States remains not remotely comparable to Russia as a system or China as a system,” Bremmer said.

        In his own news conference after Putin’s, Biden dismissed the Russian leader’s equation of Russian pro-democracy protesters with Americans who stormed the Capitol to overturn an election, calling it “a ridiculous comparison.”

        Behind Biden’s derision lay broader questions about the durability of slow, messy, elected governance in the face of speedy if imperfect solutions offered by China, Russia and other autocratic powers. The G-7 vaccination announcement was in part an effort to respond to such questions.

        Biden himself alluded to the quandary at his first stop in Europe, a slickly produced, Stars-and-Stripes extravaganza at a British military base that houses an American air wing.

        “How we act, and whether we pull together as democracies, is going to determine whether our grandkids look back 15 years from now and say, ‘Did they step up? Are democracies as relevant and as powerful as they have been?’ ” Biden said.

        It’s not a new theme for Biden, whose foreign policy views were formed by the post-World War II vision of an American-led alliance of democracies against communism.

        That vision often fell short, as when the United States embraced brutal regimes if they opposed the Soviet Union. Biden, too, has been criticized for being overly tolerant of authoritarians like Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sissi when he needed their help.

        Still, promoting democratic values has in some ways become an organizing message for Biden’s presidency. “I predict to you, your children or grandchildren are going to be doing their doctoral theses on the issue of who succeeded: autocracy or democracy?” Biden said during his first official news conference in March. “Because that is what is at stake.”

        A month later, addressing a joint session of Congress in April, Biden again returned to the idea, urging Americans to show the world that democracy is still the best form of government.

        “Can our democracy deliver the most — to the most pressing needs of our people? Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate and fears that have pulled us apart?” Biden said. “America’s adversaries — the autocrats of the world — are betting we can’t.”

        Upon returning home this week, Biden’s team was quick to declare the trip a success — not just for the president, but for democracy writ large.

        “The bottom line is that Joe Biden confidently and skillfully donned the mantle of leader of the free world on this trip,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters. “The previous president had ceded that mantle, and this president has now emphatically reclaimed it.”

        Around the same time, Trump, who continues to claim aggressively that the election was stolen from him, signaled plans for big rallies in coming weeks.

        I am The Librarian


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          Senile Joe tells the ZOGlings to bee-leeve in Fake Demonocracy

          Good evening, everyone.

          Just a few days ago, a little before 2:30 a.m. in the morning, a man smashed the back windows and broke into the home of the speaker of the House of Representatives, the third-highest-ranking official in America. He carried in his backpack zip ties, duct tape, rope and a hammer.

          As he told the police, he had come looking for Nancy Pelosi to take her hostage, to interrogate her, to threaten to break her kneecaps. But she wasn’t there. Her husband, my friend Paul Pelosi, was home alone. The assailant tried to take Paul hostage. He woke him up, and he wanted to tie him up. The assailant ended up using a hammer to smash Paul’s skull. Thankfully, by the grace of God, Paul survived.

          All this happened after the assault, and it just — it’s hard to even say. It’s hard to even say. After the assailant entered the home asking: “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” Those are the very same words used by the mob when they stormed the United States Capitol on January the 6th, when they broke windows, kicked in the doors, brutally attacked law enforcement, roamed the corridors hunting for officials and erected gallows to hang the former vice president, Mike Pence.

          It was an enraged mob that had been whipped up into a frenzy by a president repeating over and over again the Big Lie, that the election of 2020 had been stolen. It’s a lie that fueled the dangerous rise in political violence and voter intimidation over the past two years.

          Even before January the 6th, we saw election officials and election workers in a number of states subject to menacing calls, physical threats, even threats to their very lives. In Georgia, for example, the Republican secretary of state and his family were subjected to death threats because he refused to break the law and give into the defeated president’s demand: Just find him 11,780 votes. Just find me 11,780 votes.

          Election workers, like Shaye Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, were harassed and threatened just because they had the courage to do their job and stand up for the truth, to stand up for our democracy. This institution, this intimidation, this violence against Democrats, Republicans and nonpartisan officials just doing their jobs, are the consequence of lies told for power and profit, lies of conspiracy and malice, lies repeated over and over to generate a cycle of anger, hate, vitriol and even violence.

          In this moment, we have to confront those lies with the truth. The very future of our nation depends on it. My fellow Americans, we’re facing a defining moment, an inflection point. We must with one overwhelming unified voice speak as a country and say there’s no place, no place for voter intimidation or political violence in America. Whether it’s directed at Democrats or Republicans. No place, period. No place ever.

          I speak today near Capitol Hill, near the U.S. Capitol, the citadel of our democracy. I know there’s a lot at stake in these midterm elections, from our economy, to the safety of our streets, to our personal freedoms, to the future of health care and Social Security, Medicare. It’s all important. But we’ll have our differences, we’ll have our difference of opinion. And that’s what it’s supposed to be.

          But there’s something else at stake, democracy itself. I’m not the only one who sees it. Recent polls have shown an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our democracy is at risk, that our democracy is under threat. They too see that democracy is on the ballot this year, and they’re deeply concerned about it.

          So today, I appeal to all Americans, regardless of party, to meet this moment of national and generational importance. We must vote knowing what’s at stake and not just the policy of the moment, but institutions that have held us together as we’ve sought a more perfect union are also at stake. We must vote knowing who we have been, what we’re at risk of becoming.

          Look, my fellow Americans, the old expression, “Freedom is not free,” it requires constant vigilance. From the very beginning, nothing has been guaranteed about democracy in America. Every generation has had to defend it, protect it, preserve it, choose it. For that’s what democracy is. It’s a choice, a decision of the people, by the people and for the people. The issue couldn’t be clearer, in my view.

          We the people must decide whether we will have fair and free elections, and every vote counts. We the people must decide whether we’re going to sustain a republic, where reality’s accepted, the law is obeyed and your vote is truly sacred.

          We the people must decide whether the rule of law will prevail or whether we will allow the dark forces and thirst for power put ahead of the principles that have long guided us.

          You know, American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refused to accept the results of the 2020 election. If he refuses to accept the will of the people, if he refuses to accept the fact that he lost, he’s abused his power and put the loyalty to himself before loyalty to the Constitution. And he’s made a big lie an article of faith in the MAGA Republican Party, the minority of that party.

          The great irony about the 2020 election is that it’s the most attacked election in our history. And, yet, there’s no election in our history that we can be more certain of its results. Every legal challenge that could have been brought was brought. Every recount that could have been undertaken was undertaken. Every recount confirmed the results. Wherever fact or evidence had been demanded, the Big Lie has been proven to be just that, a big lie. Every single time.

          Yet now extreme MAGA Republicans aim to question not only the legitimacy of past elections, but elections being held now and into the future. The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party, which is a minority of that party, as I said earlier, but it’s its driving force. It’s trying to succeed where they failed in 2020, to suppress the right of voters and subvert the electoral system itself. That means denying your right to vote and deciding whether your vote even counts.

          Instead of waiting until an election is over, they’re starting well before it. They’re starting now. They’ve emboldened violence and intimidation of voters and election officials. It’s estimated that there are more than 300 election deniers on the ballot all across America this year. We can’t ignore the impact this is having on our country. It’s damaging, it’s corrosive and it’s destructive.

          And I want to be very clear, this is not about me, it’s about all of us. It’s about what makes America America. It’s about the durability of our democracy. For democracies are more than a form of government. They’re a way of being, a way of seeing the world, a way that defines who we are, what we believe, why we do what we do. Democracy is simply that fundamental.

          We must, in this moment, dig deep within ourselves and recognize that we can’t take democracy for granted any longer. With democracy on the ballot, we have to remember these first principles. Democracy means the rule of the people, not the rule of monarchs or the moneyed, but the rule of the people.

          Autocracy is the opposite of democracy. It means the rule of one, one person, one interest, one ideology, one party. To state the obvious, the lives of billions of people, from antiquity till now, have been shaped by the battle between these competing forces, between the aspirations of the many and the greed and power of the few, between the people’s right for self-determination, and the self-seeking autocrat, between the dreams of a democracy and the appetites of an autocracy.

          What we’re doing now is going to determine whether democracy will long endure and, in my view, is the biggest of questions, whether the American system that prizes the individual bends toward justice and depends on the rule of law, whether that system will prevail. This is the struggle we’re now in, a struggle for democracy, a struggle for decency and dignity, a struggle for prosperity and progress, a struggle for the very soul of America itself.

          Make no mistake, democracy is on the ballot for all of us. We must remember that democracy is a covenant. We need to start looking out for each other again, seeing ourselves as we the people, not as entrenched enemies. This is a choice we can make. Disunion and chaos are not inevitable. There’s been anger before in America. There’s been division before in America. But we’ve never given up on the American experiment. And we can’t do that now.

          The remarkable thing about American democracy is this. Just enough of us on just enough occasions have chosen not to dismantle democracy, but to preserve democracy. We must choose that path again. Because democracy is on the ballot, we have to remember that even in our darkest moments, there are fundamental values and beliefs that unite us as Americans, and they must unite us now.

          What are they? Well, I think, first, we believe the vote in America’s sacred, to be honored, not denied; respected, not dismissed; counted, not ignored. A vote is not a partisan tool, to be counted when it helps your candidates and tossed aside when it doesn’t. Second, we must, with an overwhelming voice, stand against political violence and voter intimidation, period. Stand up and speak against it.

          We don’t settle our differences, America, with a riot, a mob, or a bullet, or a hammer. We settle them peacefully at the ballot box. We have to be honest with ourselves, though. We have to face this problem. We can’t turn away from it. We can’t pretend it’s just going to solve itself.

          There’s an alarming rise in the number of our people in this country condoning political violence, or simply remaining silent, because silence is complicity. To the disturbing rise of voter intimidation, the pernicious tendency to excuse political violence or at least, at least trying to explain it away. We can’t allow this sentiment to grow. We must confront it head on now. It has to stop now.

          I believe the voices excusing or calling for violence and intimidation are a distinct minority in America. But they’re loud, and they are determined. We have to be more determined. All of us who reject political violence and voter intimidation, and I believe that’s the overwhelming majority of the American people, all of us must unite to make it absolutely clear that violence and intimidation have no place in America.

          And, third, we believe in democracy. That’s who we are as Americans. I know it isn’t easy. Democracy’s imperfect. It always has been. But you’re all called to defend it now, now. History and common sense tell us that liberty, opportunity and justice thrive in a democracy, not in an autocracy.

          At our best, America’s not a zero-sum society or for you to succeed, someone else has to fail. A promise in America is big enough, is big enough, for everyone to succeed. Every generation opening the door of opportunity just a little bit wider. Every generation including those who’ve been excluded before.

          We believe we should leave no one behind, because each one of us is a child of God, and every person, every person is sacred. If that’s true, then every person’s rights must be sacred as well. Individual dignity, individual worth, individual determination, that’s America, that’s democracy and that’s what we have to defend.

          Look, even as I speak here tonight, 27 million people have already cast their ballot in the midterm elections. Millions more will cast their ballots in the final days leading up to November the 9th — 8th, excuse me. And for the first time — this is the first time since the national election of 2020.

          Once again we’re seeing record turnout all over the country. And that’s good. We want Americans to vote. We want every American’s voice to be heard. Now we have to move the process forward. We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America. We know that many states don’t start counting those ballots till after the polls close on Nov. 8.

          That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days — until a few days after the election. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. It’s always been important for citizens in the democracy to be informed and engaged. Now it’s important for a citizen to be patient as well. That’s how this is supposed to work.

          This is also the first election since the events of Jan. 6 when the armed, angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. I wish I could say the assault on our democracy ended that day, but I cannot.

          As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America — for governor, Congress, attorney general, secretary of state — who won’t commit, that will not commit to accepting the results of the election that they’re running in. This is a path to chaos in America. It’s unprecedented. It’s unlawful, and it’s un-American.

          As I’ve said before, you can’t love your country only when you win. This is no ordinary year. So I ask you to think long and hard about the moment we’re in. In a typical year, we’re often not faced with questions of whether the vote we cast will preserve democracy or put us at risk. But this year we are. This year I hope you’ll make the future of our democracy an important part of your decision to vote and how you vote.

          I hope you’ll ask a simple question of each candidate you might vote for. Will that person accept the legitimate will of the American people and the people voting in his district or her district? Will that person accept the outcome of the election, win or lose? The answer to that question is vital. And, in my opinion, it should be decisive. And the answer to that question hangs in the future of the country we love so much, and the fate of the democracy that has made so much possible for us.

          Too many people have sacrificed too much for too many years for us to walk away from the American project and democracy. Because we’ve enjoyed our freedoms for so long, it’s easy to think they’ll always be with us no matter what. But that isn’t true today. In our bones, we know democracy is at risk. But we also know this. It’s within our power, each and every one of us, to preserve our democracy.

          And I believe we will. I think I know this country. I know we will. You have the power, it’s your choice, it’s your decision, the fate of the nation, the fate of the soul of America lies where it always does, with the people, in your hands, in your heart, in your ballot.

          My fellow Americans, we’ll meet this moment. We just need to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. There’s nothing, nothing beyond our capacity if we do it together.

          May God bless you all. May God protect our troops. May God bless those standing guard over our democracy. Thank you, and godspeed.

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