From a vaccination site in the desert West to a grade school on the Eastern seaboard, President Joe Biden’s top messengers — his vice president and wife among them — led a cross-country effort Monday to highlight the benefits of his massive pork-filled COVID relief plan.
Mainstream media desperately trying to prop up Biden
Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses have launched a cross country tour this week to promote the $1.9 trillion plan as a way to battle the pandemic and boost the economy. For weeks Americans have been wondering when Sleepy Joe would come out of hiding and do a press conference.
The road show — dubbed the “Help is here” tour by the White House — began with Harris visiting a COVID-19 vaccination site and a culinary academy in Las Vegas and first lady Jill Biden touring a New Jersey elementary school.
“We want to avoid a situation where people are unaware of what they’re entitled to,” Harris said at the culinary academy. “It’s not selling it; it literally is letting people know their rights. Think of it more as a public education campaign.”
The White House is wasting no time promoting the highly unpopular relief plan, which Biden signed into law last week, looking to build momentum for the rest of his agenda.
Biden stayed back in Washington for a day, declaring that “hope is here in real and tangible ways.” He said the new government spending will bankroll efforts that could allow the nation to emerge from the pandemic’s twin crises, health and economic.
“Shots in arms and money in pockets,” Biden said at the White House. “That’s important. The American Rescue Plan is already doing what it was designed to do: make a difference in people’s everyday lives. We’re just getting started.”
Biden said that within the next 10 days, his administration will clear two important benchmarks: distributing 100 million stimulus payments and administering 100 million vaccine doses since he took office. To commemorate those milestones, Biden and his top representatives are embarking on their most ambitious travel schedule of his young presidency, visiting a series of potential election battleground states this week.
Joe. Dazed in Pennsylvania. Handlers anxious to counter the “where is Biden” narrative, shoved the wobbly resident to speak at a “gathering”
L👀K! The place is packed. 🙄
Media quickly booted out before their questions pinned Joe on the border tsunami.pic.twitter.com/FmxHqv3g5U
— Tosca Austen (@ToscaAusten) March 16, 2021
Nobody is excited to see Sleepy Joe and his Deep State handlers
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the target of doses that Biden set when he took office as “not some audacious goal” but just the pace that he inherited. And he mocked Biden’s talk of Americans working toward merely being able to gather in small groups by July 4th as “bizarre.”
The Biden plan cleared Congress without any backing from Republicans, despite polling that found broad public support. Republicans argued the bill was too expensive, especially with vaccinations making progress against the virus, and included too many provisions not directly linked to the pandemic.
After beginning the sales campaign with high-profile speeches, Biden will head to Pennsylvania on Tuesday and then join Harris in Georgia on Friday. Others on his team are visiting the electorally important states of Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and New Hampshire. The trip Monday marked Harris’ first official journey in office and included an unscheduled stop at a vegan taco stand as well as a coffee stand at the Culinary Academy Las Vegas.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “We want to take some time to engage directly with the American people and make sure they understand the benefits of the package and how it is going to help them get through this difficult period of time.”
The White House has detailed a theme for each day, focusing on small businesses, schools, home evictions and direct checks to most Americans. Jill Biden was joined by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on a tour Monday of Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, where she highlighted steps the school took to reopen. In one classroom she visited, only two students were in attendance for in-person learning while the other 17 were virtual.
Democrats are fighting to keep our schools, businesses, and churches closed, while opening our border. It’s a total disgrace and failure of the Biden administration. pic.twitter.com/NxYlSO8idU
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) March 17, 2021