Biden Addresses the Nation Promising Hope and Vaccine Eligibility to Everyone by May 1

Mish

President Biden addressed the nation tonight after signing the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill. He seeks expanded vaccine availability for everyone.

2 Million Vaccinations a Day

In his speech, Biden pulled out a card that he says he always carries with the cumulative number of people who died from Covid.

Here's the Complete Transcript of his speech.

Speech Excerpts

"I know it's been hard. I truly know. As I've told you before, I carry a card in my pocket with the number of Americans who have died from COVID to date. It's on the back of my schedule. As of now, total deaths in America, 527,726. That's more deaths than in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and 9/11 combined.

"My fellow Americans, you're owed nothing less than the truth. And for all of you asking when things will get back to normal, here is the truth. The only way to get our lives back, to get our economy back on track, is to beat the virus. 

"Just 14% of Americans over the age of 75 -- 50 days ago had gotten their first shot. Today, that number is well over 70%. When I came into office you may recall I set a goal that many of you said was kind of way over the top. I said I intended to get 100 million shots in people's arms in my first 100 days in office. Tonight, I can say we're not only going to meet that goal, we're going to beat that goal. Because we're actually on track to reach this goal of 100 million shots in arms on my 60th day in office. No other country in the world has done this, none. And I want to talk about the next steps we're thinking about. 

"First, tonight, I'm announcing that I will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adults, people 18 and over, eligible to be vaccinated no later than May 1. Let me say that again. All adult Americans will be eligible to get a vaccine no later than May 1. That's much earlier than expected. That doesn't mean everyone's going to have that shot immediately, but it means you'll be able to get in line beginning May 1.

"Fourth, in the coming weeks, we will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated to lessen the confusion, to keep people safe, and encourage more people to get vaccinated. And, finally, fifth, and maybe most importantly, I promise I will do everything in my power. I will not relent until we beat this virus.

"But I need you, the American people. I need you. I need every American to do their part. And that's not hyperbole. I need you. I need you to get vaccinated when it's your turn and when you can find an opportunity. And to help your family, your friends, your neighbors get vaccinated as well. Because here's the point.

"If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4, there's a good chance you, your families and friends, will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day. That doesn't mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together.

What If?

If President Trump had given a speech with some of those ideas, and a lot of that empathy, he may have been reelected, perhaps even easily. 

Of course, if he gave such a speech, he would not have been Trump. 

Mish

Comments (65)
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Rbm
Rbm

That is the type of speech trump should have made.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Did you say Trump ? John Dean says indictments coming soon after Cohen's SEVEN meetings with Manhattan DA office.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

This is what an American President looks like. As I said when he was elected. He will govern somewhere in the middle compared to his predecessor and his old boss.

Jackula
Jackula

I didn't think Biden had a speech like this in him. Rising to the occasion

TexasTim65
TexasTim65

When will Biden stop reading from a teleprompter and actually respond to questions and do a real press conference? So far he's ducked everything and his handlers are careful with him because it's clear his cognitive facilities are compromised.

Combine that with Harris doing unprecedented conferences with other world leaders and it makes me think Biden won't even finish out 2021 before handing things over to her.

Doug78
Doug78

Because of prior measures taken in 2020 we have a lot of vaccines coming online. We will have enough to to vaccinate everybody by that date. His ideas are nothing new. However some people judge a leader by how much empathy they project so they like what Joe says. Anyone can have an expert speechwriter write a speech and just about anyone with some training can read it with feeling from a teleprompter and then walk away.

Sechel
Sechel

Biden conveyed empathy. He really does care and it genuine. When asked Trump said, "it is what it is". Trump's a narcissist .Doesn't really care about his fellow human. This isn't hyperbole.

Doug78
Doug78

This is acting as a true president.

Realist
Realist

Biden is simply doing what any good leader would do. If some Americans are pleasantly surprised by Biden, it is because their expectations were lowered to rock bottom by the circus clown who was president the previous four years.

And since people often judge a country by its leader, America might begin to be respected again by the rest of the world.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Glad to see he’s going to push vaccination. That simply I the only way out of this mess. If we don’t get close to 100% vaccinated it’s just going to drag on and on.

It’s true the bar is pretty low for Biden. Nobody expected or expects much out of him. You might not like his politics, but he is functional in a way that Trump was not, He has the experience and the temperament to suit up and show up, at least.

Sechel
Sechel

Conservatives will scream freedom but the Federal government is already providing guidance that companies can legally require vaccinations. It's going to have to occur

PostCambrian
PostCambrian

Nothing against Biden (I voted for him) but making everyone eligible is different than actually receiving the vaccination. Eligibility doesn't prevent infections.

OMFG
OMFG

What if ya’ll had the epiphany that you’re victims of a govt sponsored psychogical/biological terrorism operation undertaken for the purpose of subjugating you?

TwisterTim
TwisterTim

All of the Covid 19 vaccines to date are experimental , unapproved with no stated indications ...this is per the FDA's literature released on each vaccine. The Public is part of a hugh clinical for which the long term health ramifications will not be know for years!! I plan to remain in the "placebo" group and not take a Covid 19 vaccine until the FDA officially licenses these vaccines.

strataland
strataland

I found Biden's speech dark, depressing and uninspiring. Unlike others, I don't need our President to decipher the information available to the public and tell me when i can have a bar-b-que in my backyard. I agree Trump should have infused humility in his offerings, however, Biden's unwillingness to offer credit to the effort to bring about the very vaccine that he believes is the solution is not unifying.

TwisterTim
TwisterTim

I am concerned about my family, community and country ; that is why I am against the lock downs, and masking requirements, both of which are causing serious harm to our physical and mental health. The economy should of stayed 100% open,unencumbered by the totalitarian edicts of want to be dictators. Suicides, depressions, self harm have all skyrocketed in the younger generations, leaving enduring scars. No vaccine is going to fix the damage that is done, and will be continue to be done by our misinformed leaders who fail to follow the science.
Better to bury the dead than bury our society , one that is built on the individual having freedom and liberty.

OMFG
OMFG

The problem with the speech, and Mish’s take, is the basic misuse of key words to create a deceptive and manipulative narrative.

First, by .gov’s own admission the correct phrase is “died with with a positive PCR test result” not from covid. With replication cycles intentionally set at an invalidating 40, the PCR can ‘find’ fragments of coronavirus rna in motor oil.

Second, they are not vaccines they are gene therapy. Big difference.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Speech summary:

Content: Get vaccinated. Get vaccinated. Get vaccinated. We're betting the farm on vaccines.

Delivery: Weirdly quiet and slow. What is this? ... ... ... Mr. Rogers! And, judging by the first comments on this @Mish post, there's a ready Mr. Rogers audience. So, good job.

But WTF was that slow hobble off to the renaissance-perspective-sunset at the end? That was quite the edgy creative. Was it meant to create an Obi-Wan Kenobi out of the guy?

tuestufa
tuestufa

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