WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: United States President Joe Biden speaks ahead of a joint congressional session in the … [+]
President Joe Biden made history Wednesday night when he first delivered his address to a joint congressional session, nearly 100 days after his presidency. The event was televised and broadcast live online.
Comments were posted on social media at the very beginning of the event, and President Biden received high praise from Democrats when the hashtag #JointAddress was trending along with #HelpIsHere and #PresidentialAddress and Congress. There were more than 250,000 posts related to the address.
Rep. Jim McGovern (@McGovernMA) (D-Mass.) Was one of the people who quoted Biden’s opening words: “Mrs. Spokeswoman. Mrs. Vice President.” History. #JointSession. “
“Really historic. Incredibly proud to see two women next to @POTUS to give his first joint address to Congress!” Wrote Colorado Democratic MP Joe Neguse (@RepJoeNeguse).
“FACT: These are the most successful first 100 days since Franklin Roosevelt. #Bidenspeech # Biden100Days,” wrote Rep. Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) (D-Penn.).
Rep. Bill Foster (@RepBillFoster) (D-Ill.) Posted another early line from Biden’s address: “America is on the move again. #JointSession.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) said, succinctly, “History. #JointAddress.”
Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) (D-Mich.) Wrote, “Democratic Congress & @POTUS have redeemed our pledge to provide bold, sweeping relief to meet the needs of the American people with the adoption of the #AmericanRescuePlan. “
“‘Get vaccinated, America!’ Damn right. #JointAddress, “offered Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) (D-Calif.).)
Rep. Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) (D-Calif.) Also praised Biden’s efforts to get Americans vaccinated: “President Biden has doubled the number of promised vaccines: 200 million! More to come. Get vaccinated! #JointAddress. “
“‘A dose of hope’ is exactly the right words. The more people get vaccinated, the closer we get to COVID and better days. #JointAddress,” wrote Rep. Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) (Dill.)
It wasn’t just Democrats who responded to a joint congressional address urging President Biden to get all credit for introducing the vaccine. The hashtag #OperationWarpSpeed also started trending on Wednesday.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) (R-Oklahoma) gave Biden a response in which he paid tribute to vaccinating Americans. Mullin wrote, “Whenever @POTUS tries to celebrate the production and distribution of # COVID19 vaccines tonight, * think * of Operation Warp Speed. #JointAddress.”
Opinion was shared by Rep. Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) (R-Alabama), who added, “When President Trump realized that rapid vaccine distribution was critical to fighting COVID-19, he kicked off at the start of the pandemic Operation Warp Speed. The vaccine works & Trump has kept another promise. Now Biden is taking vaccination credit in #JointAddress? Stop lying, Joe! “
Senator Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) (R-Tenn.) Also exclaimed Biden’s vaccine claims, “Where’s the praise for Operation Warp Speed? The scientists who made this possible? That’s why we’re having success with vaccines. #JointAddress “”
“#OperationWarpSpeed was developing COVID vaccines at an unprecedented pace – a direct result of President Trump’s work to mobilize the private sector in the fight against COVID-19. #JointAddress,” wrote Rep. Kevin Hern (@repkevinhern) ( R-okla.)
“President Biden, who announced he was getting vaccines, was only possible because of President Trump’s #OperationWarpSpeed,” noted Rep. Judge Carter (@JudgeCarter) (R-Texas).
Rep. Tim Walberg (@RepWalberg) (R-Mich.) Made analogous thoughts on the vaccine claims: “The vaccine was an incredible scientific achievement, and it is thanks to President Trump and Operation Warp Speed that they kept that promise . #JointAddress “”
Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) (R-Texas) targeted some of Biden’s claims as well. Cruz added, “The True State of the Union: Joe Biden seeks to celebrate America’s impending victory over the COVID-19 pandemic while only 9% of his $ 1.9 trillion COVID bill is for the actual one COVID aid can be used. “
Cruz added, “The true state of the Union: Joe Biden has systematically adopted China. Biden’s Secretary of Commerce refused to keep Huawei, a global espionage operation disguised as a tech company, on the entity list that denies malicious companies access to China -Tech. “
Rep. Mullin also appealed to President Biden on the job claims: “While Biden brags about job creation … American energy workers suffer from his job-killing executive orders. #JointAddress”
Rep. Brooks continued, “The Green Raw Deal is NOT an infrastructure, it is a Trojan horse for more socialism. The American people see through this charade and they don’t want socialism in disguise. Democrats know Americans will, if they are honest. ” reject their disastrous policies. #JointAddress “
Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) (R-Colo.) Also exclaimed Biden, writing, “I believe the Washington Post stopped reviewing Biden so they wouldn’t have to deliver four Pinocchios to this speech.”
Rep. Hern added, “The American employment plan is doing nothing to help Americans who have lost their jobs because of Biden’s instructions – such as the workers who are building the Keystone pipeline. What does Biden have to say to them? #JointAddress”
Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) (R-Utah) summarized the GOP response to the address with a short video, commenting, “This is the story of President Biden’s first 100 days. The state of the union is divided. America deserves it better. “
“So far, Biden has sounded like a rooster honoring the dawn. #JointAddress”, Rep. Dan Meuser (@ Meuser4Congress) (R-Penn.)
“Biden will become the leading arms seller,” suggested Rep. Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) (R-Ariz.).
Many political experts and commentators gave their real thoughts to the speech.
CNN’s senior political commentator David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) was also quick to praise: “Good to be back!” @JoeBiden returns to the Capitol to speak at a joint session nearly half a century after arriving there as a freshman senator. “
Dan Merica (@merica), national political reporter for CNN, wrote, “And there’s the Biden line that’s been played countless times: ‘Now, after just 100 days, I can tell the nation that America is on the move again. ‘#JointAddress “
New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait (@jonthanchait) used a Simpson meme to suggest how the address was received by the audience at home. “Biden’s speech already plays well with Joe Sixpack.”
“America is on the move again.” And there it is in six words: the topic for today’s speech and the entire Biden presidency. Very much in line with Biden’s innate optimism – and America’s. #Bidenspeech, “wrote author Paul Begala (@PaulBegala).
USA Today White House reporter Matt Brown (@mrbrownsir) quoted the president as saying, “There is still much work to be done to fight this virus. We cannot fail our guard,” warns @POTUS in his joint address the congress.
“That Biden speech is just so comfortingly normal,” suggested political commentator Aisha C. Mills (@AishaMoodMills).
“The most important word is missing from #ClimateCrisis ~~> JOBS. #JointSession,” noted MSNBC’s Maria Teresa Kumar (@MariaTersa).
“When was the last time a president gave a positive name check to a member of the opposing party in a speech like this? (Joint Address or SOTU) I’m actually curious. (And no. That’s nothing for a story to do with it. “Restoring ‘unity’ because my god makes it stop,” mused Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) of The Daily Beast.
Some media actually verified the address.
PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) addressed the issue of energy: “Natural gas, not wind turbines, was the main cause of the electricity shortage in Texas. Https://youtu.be/IEGDOM6QUGw #JointAddress #JointSession”
PoliticFact continued to look at climate change and employment.
The split answer largely reflects how divided the United States remains, and it should come as no surprise that the opinions of the speech were drawn at the partisan level.
“This unbalanced anger will carry over to social media after today’s speech,” said technology analyst Charles King of Pund-IT. “However, if the events of January 6th have taught us anything, it is that unbalanced anger is not suitable for a foundation. It is only suitable for ripping or burning something.”