President Biden spent the weekend working, going to Mass & kissing his wife

Biden Departs for Walter Reed National Military Center

It’s such a relief to have President Joe Biden working on all of our nation’s problems. I can’t even describe this feeling of post-Trump trauma combined with genuine happiness that political wonks are in charge. The only reasons why Pres. Biden made news this weekend are as follows: he pulled down his mask to kiss Dr. Jill; he visited Walter Reed and was respectful the entire time; he met with Republican senators in a show of bipartisanship; he went to church; he worked throughout the weekend and didn’t golf or rage-tweet. I feel like crying, I’m so happy. Meanwhile, Biden remembers how Barack Obama got bogged down in his first two years in office too, and so Biden and his team understand the importance of tackling several huge issues all at once. President Biden is extremely focused on fixing the vaccine rollout:

[The Biden team's] plan of attack has three main elements. The first, increasing the supply of vaccine, was addressed this week with a 16% boost in the number of doses being distributed to states for the next three weeks, and with the in-the-works purchase of 200 million more doses from Pfizer and Moderna, to be delivered by the end of the summer. The unveiling of those increases was a prime illustration of the second part of Biden’s strategy: aggressively communicating the administration’s moves to combat COVID. The additional doses were anticipated to arrive even if Trump had remained president, but Biden’s team, in background briefings and press conferences, did a savvy job of selling the announcement as wholly fresh progress.

A high-ranking administration operative, however, says that focusing on credit for dosage production misses the more important point. “The Trump plan was to get a vaccine and then figure out the rest. There was absolutely zero infrastructure or planning on how to get the vaccine to the next level of people, beyond hospitals and nursing homes,” the operative says. “When we say things were worse than we thought, that’s what we mean. There was no plan for broad distribution, so that’s what we’re focused on. It’s all about shots in arms, not about how many doses.”

Which leads to the third, crucially interrelated piece of the Biden strategy: getting Congress to appropriate more than a trillion dollars toward COVID relief, including mechanisms such as mass-vaccination sites and mobile injection units. That’s why, in the past few days, Biden officials have been singing a coordinated tune, publicly and privately. “It will help significantly if Congress acts to pass the bill in front of them that will put money into the states to help them increase vaccination efforts,” the senior administration official told me. “It will be important that that be addressed for all of these plans to work. It’s more like an orchestra than a solo. Everybody has to do their part, including the Congress.”

[From Vanity Fair]

Even though the stories about vaccine production and distribution are not even *mostly* good news, there’s no longer a lazy madman at the helm, and Biden hired genuine public health experts, immunologists and vaccine-distribution experts to work on all of this. I feel like the majority of Americans understand that Biden inherited an utter catastrophe and that it’s going to take months to really get mass vaccinations under way. VF also points out that as a former VP and former powerful senator, Biden knows how to work with a narrowly Democratic-controlled Senate. He had Republican senators over to the White House this weekend and he listened to their dumbf–k plan. He extended that courtesy to them and so now he gets to say unity, bipartisanship, etc. And then he’ll take one or two of their ideas and put it in the deal he wants.

President Biden also visited Walter Reed this weekend. And he went to Mass on Saturday evening, probably because of all of the snow we got here in the mid-Atlantic which affected the roads on Sunday.

Biden Departs for Walter Reed National Military Center

US President Joe Biden visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. paranormalgirl says:

    Did anyone see that doctored up video of his coronavirus press conference? Absolutely terrible attempt by the cult members to paint him as having dementia. Horrible. Awful. And they believe it. Even those who watched the actual live press conference still somehow now remember him not being able to speak a coherent sentence. And of course, they focus on him saying “300 people” then correcting it to “300 million people.” Everyone slips up now again, but this man cannot catch a break, while the blithering idiot was somehow a genius wordsmith and amazing public speaker. I just can’t.

  2. agnes says:

    shocking behaviour by a sitting president.

    SHOCKING!

    /scnr

  3. BearcatLawyer says:

    I am still getting accustomed to seeing real, live, mature, functional adults in the White House. It’s been such a circus for so long!

  4. Digital Unicorn says:

    Given the the Biden’s, particularly, Joe are quite devout in their beliefs it hasn’t failed the shock me that the Trump/evangelical cultists call him out for not being godly enough – he literally worships/believes in the same god as they do!!!!!

    • Cassandra says:

      Ah but don’t you know Evangelicals don’t consider Catholics as fellow Christians?

      • Rapunzel says:

        It’s not just evangelicals. Right wing Catholic propaganda is going after him. Catholic vote.org attacked him viciously, saying he wasn’t a true Catholic because he is for murdering babies and against white supremacy (I kid not- that was the argument).

        Some of the biggest Trump kool aid drinkers I know are Catholic. They are spewing massive Biden is a fraud Catholic propaganda. Even some bishops have hated on him. My local priest apparently got told off by some in the congregation because he dared to ask the church goers to pray for our new president.
        This nonsense has driven me away from my church.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Those Catholics would be well to remember their humility. They don’t have the ability to determine one’s relationship with God. And they certainly don’t have the ability to damn anyone or decide where they go in the afterlife. Some of the worst Trumpers I know claim Catholicism. They should rethink that or they may wonder why the afterlife is so… hot.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Apols for the typo’s – not paying attention to auto correct today.

  5. Lola Coasters says:

    That is a great article headline that made me smile on a snowy and cold Ontario winter morning! Thanks Kaiser!

  6. Rapunzel says:

    Isn’t it just refreshing to see a President post a tweet about mundane stuff like snowy days? And isn’t it nice to have a President who seems to enjoy his life, work, and family?

    • Noodle says:

      @rapunzel, I love that he went to Walter Reed to thank and honor the medical staff who are carrying such a heavy load right now. A President who backs up words with action – I’ve missed that.

      • Courtney B says:

        As opposed to trump who congratulated an amputee on his Purple Heart. My military husband almost had an aneurysm.

  7. Lissdogmom02 says:

    So happy to have adults in charge. They are so refreshingly normal I’m thrilled.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Whoever Biden’s tailor is, give them all the money. They are doing right with his suits.

  9. Burpsy says:

    This is such a specific thing that has made me feel so much relief–to have a president back in office who CORRESPONDS like a president. By that, I mean his tweets are complete sentences and do not contain things like caps for stupid emphasis and exclamation points at the end of every damn sentence.

    Obviously, that was not the only thing about Trump that bothered me (doesn’t even crack the top thousand, really). But it’s just a nice little reminder that there are adults back in the White House.

  10. Moxylady says:

    My 5 year old made a smiling snow man yesterday and asked me to take a picture – to send to president joe Biden. I love that they have a president that they can be proud of.