President Joe Biden went to Texas Friday to assess the damage from last week's deadly storms. While there, he toured Houston's largest food bank and a new mega-vaccine administration center, where he delivered some remarks.
“When a crisis hits our states, it’s not a Republican or Democrat who’s hurting. It’s a fellow American who’s hurting,” he said to all Texans. “My prayers are with you in the aftermath of the storm...We will be true partners to help you cover the bill for the storm and this pandemic.”
"There's nothing partisan about this virus," Biden reminded everyone. He went on to note that Abbott and Cornyn are both "conservative Republicans, plenty of things we disagree with" but still agree on getting as many vaccinations administered as possible. "None of this has a partisan tinge," he reminded.
And then we got to the ending, which reminded me of how lovely it is to end the week with some optimism instead of the infernal victimhood of the CPAC attendees and speakers. That's the clip at the top.
Here's the transcript:
"We're going beat cancer. I know we will. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. There is just one thing, one thing I could be known for as president, it would be the president who during his era ended cancer as we know it.
But then last week, guess what? We also landed a Rover on Mars. Led by a NASA team in Pasadena, California. Developed by a team here in Houston that will be used in the mission of our time and our dreams. Imagine.
Everybody has been so down the last number of years about what America, what can we do? We can do anything. America can do anything.
And now we see the images that are truly stunning, battling covid, beating cancer, going to Mars. If there is one thing I know about America is this: Americans never give up. They never give in. They never cry uncle. They just struggle to innovate and they preserve and persevere. We're going get through all of this. I promise you. We're going to do it together, together. God bless you all and may god protect our troops. You're the best. We can do all this, guys. I promise you. We can do this. Nobody in the world can compete with us when we're together.
I like having an Optimist-in-Chief again. It's a nice way to end the week.