President Biden Calls Unemployed Americans
White House revives long tradition of President’s weekly public addresses
President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with a California resident who lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic and spoke encouraging words to her. According to the White House, such talks between the President and ordinary Americans will now become regular and will help the executive branch to better interact with the people..
The White House press office released a 2.5-minute video on Saturday in which President Biden spoke by phone from the Oval Office with Michelle Voelkert, who wrote to the head of state after she lost her job at a clothing startup in last July.
After reading a letter from Michelle, Biden decided to call her.
A woman living in Roseville, California, spoke to Biden about the difficulties associated with finding a new job.
Biden recalled that his father always told him that work should be associated not only with salary, but also with dignity and respect.. He told Michelle about a $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan that includes $ 1,400 in payments to people like Michelle Voelkert and other assistance for individuals and small businesses. Part of the funds will go to the distribution of the vaccine against coronavirus.
“I’ve been saying for a long time that the idea that we can keep businesses in the country open, move forward and prosper without fighting this pandemic is simply not feasible,” Biden said..
Völkert, 47, was contacted by a reporter for the Sacramento Bee newspaper after her conversation with the president.
“It was an incredible opportunity,” she said. “I am still in awe.”.
According to the White House, this conversation was the beginning of a new tradition, thanks to which the president will be able to communicate directly with Americans at a time when his travel around the country is largely restricted due to the pandemic. Biden flew from Washington to Wilmington, Delaware on Friday night to spend the weekend at home with his family..
“There is a long-standing tradition in the country of listening to the president in this way,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday, referring to “Fireside Conversations” during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency and Ronald Reagan’s weekly radio messages to Americans.. Now the radio message has been transformed into a video version, which can be viewed on the Internet.
Psaki Says Biden’s Weekly Country Address Will Be Produced In Different Format.
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