Live coverage: President Biden delivers the State of the Union, #2

Live coverage: President Biden delivers the State of the Union, #2

President Joe Biden is delivering his first State of the Union address. You can watch it on every broadcast news station, and on cable where it is televised and streamed widely across news networks. Additionally, the White House is broadcasting it on its official social media channels:

YouTube: President Biden’s First State of the Union
Twitter: @WhiteHouse or @POTUS
Facebook: White House on Facebook

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:16:38 AM +00:00

Joan McCarter

This was a speech that was heavy on bipartisanship and unity, which might work to make Republicans look even worse when they don’t do it. His opening on Ukraine was extremely strong. His closing was strong—the middle was pretty much laundry list. But, in the end, what she says: 

I am very, very grateful Joe Biden is our president in these challenging times.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 2, 2022

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:41:40 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Okay, got behind in the switch to the new thread. He’s going through the health care and family assistance in his plan that was BBB and we don’t know what to call now. Promises no middle class family will “pay a single penny,” and gets grumbles when he says that everyone in that room would agree that the tax bills are not fair. “You should pay a fair share!” Goes after all the Fortune 500 corporations who haven’t paid any taxes. Talks about international agreement on global minimum tax rate. “We will grow the economy, lower the costs to families—so what are we waiting for? Let’s get this done. […] And while you’re at it, confirm my nominees to the Federal Reserve.” Inside jab at fucking Republicans who are blockading them.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:42:52 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

So this is why all the bipartisan stuff just lands so flat. 

Biden makes plea to Banking Committee Senate Rs: “Confirm my nominees to the Federal Reserve.” Toomey says Republicans plan to boycott tomorrow’s committee vote on Fed noms

— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) March 2, 2022

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:43:32 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Annoucement time: “Justice Department will name a chief prosecutor for pandemic fraud.”

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:44:48 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Calls for raising the minimum wage to $15, extend child tax credits again, and increase Pell Grants. Pass the PRO Act to help workers organize.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:49:04 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“I know you’re tired, exhausted, frustrated.” Talks about the death toll of the pandemic. “Today I can say we’re moving forward safely toward a return to normal.” Talks about new mask guidelines from CDC. Says COVID-19 “need no longer control our lives.” Says we won’t live with it, we’ll “stay on guard” and continue to fight it. Here’s a good Pfizer will provide 1 million anti-viral pills, and there will be a new program for people to get tests at their pharmacy and if they test positive, get the anti-viral there and then, without having to pay.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:49:51 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“Even if you already ordered free tests tonight, I am announcing that you can order more from starting next week.”

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:50:32 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“We will continue vaccinating the world.”

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:51:24 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“Let’s use this moment to reset. Stop using COVID as a partisan fight.” That’s getting a good response from Dems, and a few Rs stood, too.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:52:16 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

(Wow, it’s a lot more pleasant to do one of these with a real president doing the speaking.)

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:53:13 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Turning to the crime part—says we don’t have to choose between safety and social justice. 

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:54:25 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police.” The Republicans (and Joe Manchin who is sitting with them) likes that. If that can make the R’s stop yelling about terrorist Dems and Defund the police, great. It won’t.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:55:17 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Talks about gun reforms and sane legislation. Republicans sneer.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:56:48 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Not a single goddamned Republican even clapped for the idea of voting rights. He made an impassioned call to pass the Freedom to Vote act, but we all know the problem there. Then he thanks Justice Stephen Breyer for his service, and talks about his nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:58:26 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Now immigration. Says “border crisis” to get Rs to stand up and a handful of Rs start yelling “build the wall.” Of course. Rattling off a whole bunch of immigration stuff—he’s really rushing through now. But does promise a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, etc. 

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:58:55 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Lauren Boebert caught still chanting “Build the wall!” after everyone else sat down. Dems laughed.

— Arthur Delaney 🇺🇸 (@ArthurDelaneyHP) March 2, 2022

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:00:37 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“Let’s finally get the bipartisan Equality Act to my desk,” for protections for LGBTQ people which gets good response from Ds. Which segues him again into talking bipartisanship. Says he’s signed 87 bills and is offering a “unity agenda.”

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:05:38 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

The unity agenda: 1) end the opioid crisis; 2) strengthen mental health support; 3) support our veterans, calls for expanded benefits for victims of burn pit smoke and other military toxic exposure; 4) end cancer as we know it.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:07:09 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

We just had our third outburst from Rep. Greene, this time while Biden is talking about how veterans often face toxic conditions that may lead to bad diseases, including cancer. Some Dems shushed and boo’d her.

— Tia Mitchell, AJC’s Washington Correspondent (@ajconwashington) March 2, 2022

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:08:55 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Hard to believe Boebert and Greene actually got tested in order to be there. I guess screaming shit at him when he’s talking about his dead son, Beau, was just too compelling

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:10:43 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“The state of the union is strong because the state of you the people is strong. We are stronger than we were a year ago, we will be stronger in a year.”

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:11:06 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“As hard as these times have been, I’m more optimistic about America today than I’ve been my whole life.”

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 3:12:35 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

“Well I know this nation.
We will meet the test.
To protect freedom and liberty, to expand fairness and opportunity.
We will save democracy.”

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