May 12, 2021

America ‘Ready for Takeoff,’ President Biden Tells Congress

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The United States President Joe Biden hands a dandelion to first lady Jill Biden that he picked while walking to Marine One on the Ellipse as they depart for travel to Atlanta, Georgia, to promote plans to rebuild the U.S. economy and mark his 100th day in office, at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 29.

President Joe Biden marks his 100th day in office with a trip to Georgia on Thursday, visiting former President Jimmy Carter and pitching his plans to spend trillions of dollars to rebuild the U.S. economy.

After limited time on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden is stepping up his travel schedule after his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. He will have a drive-in rally near Atlanta on Thursday and additional campaign-style stops are planned in Pennsylvania and Virginia in coming days.

During his speech to Congress, Biden appealed to Americans to support his “blue-collar blueprint” for change, saying his administration would invest a combined $4 trillion in families and infrastructure to rebuild the middle class.

Biden said his plans would add millions of well-paying jobs and trillions of dollars to economic output in coming years, while helping to reverse decades of systemic racism.

The Democratic president also plans to meet with Carter, a close friend, who at 96 is the longest-living U.S. president.

Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, 93, were unable to attend Biden’s inauguration in January because of the pandemic, but the two men spoke the evening before.

First lady Jill Biden will accompany Biden to visit the Carters in Plains, Georgia, about 240 kilometers south of Atlanta. Both couples are now vaccinated.

Biden was the first U.S. senator to endorse Carter’s run for the presidency in 1976, and the two men have been close for decades.

Carter, president from 1977 to 1981 and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has experienced a string of health problems in recent years, including falls and a form of skin cancer.




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