President Joe Biden will deliver his first primetime address as commander-in-chief to the nation Thursday evening to commemorate one year since the start of the coronavirus shutdowns.
At Monday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the planned address and teased what the president will say.
“The president will deliver his first primetime address to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown on Thursday,” Psaki said. “He will discuss the many sacrifices the American people have made over the last year, and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered.”
“The president will look forward, highlighting the role that Americans will play in beating the virus and getting the country back to normal,” she added.
It was on March 11 of last year that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. Since then, 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 525,000 Americans have died from it, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, the U.S. unemployment rate sits at 6.2%, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
“The American people know that the reason why we have a recession, the reason why so many families are concerned about putting food on the table, the reason why parents around the country are worried about the impact of closed schools on their kids’ mental health and their learning because of the pandemic,” Psaki also said.
“And it is the number-one issue and priority on the mind of the president, the vice president and our entire team,” Psaki added. “Of course, this week marks one year since the country was essentially shut down as a result of a pandemic, and it’s important to note, of course, what steps have been taken and what progress has been made.”
Biden’s Thursday address will be his first major speech since his January 20 inaugural address. He has yet to hold a formal press briefing where he takes questions from reporters and has yet to set a date to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress.
“We certainly intend on the president delivering a joint session speech, not a State of the Union, in the first year that they are in office,” Psaki said Friday.
“But we don’t have a date for that or a timeline at this point in time,” the press secretary continued. “And we have been engaged closely with leaders in Congress about determining that.”
Earlier that week, Psaki was also asked about the delay and she said the president will wait to address a joint session of Congress until after lawmakers voted on the American Rescue Plan, Biden’s COVID-19 relief package.
“When it became clear, which it should have been from the beginning, that the American Rescue Plan would take until about, hopefully, about mid-March to get passed and signed into law, we made a decision internally that we weren’t going to have the president propose his forward-looking agenda beyond that,” Psaki said, mentioning that portion’s of the president’s “Build Back Better” agenda are “still being determined” and that there are still discussions taking place “internally.”
She asserted, however, that he would not deliver his address “until after that bill is signed, until after those checks are going out to Americans, until after that vaccine money is going out, and after the money is going out to schools.”
On Saturday, after grueling negotiations, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the $1.9 trillion package along party lines. This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Senate-approved legislation.
On Friday, Psaki also said that Biden will hold his first formal press briefing before the end of March.
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In a win for the woke warriors who care more about feelings than they do science or medical wellbeing, medical schools are being forced to mandate Critical Race Theory (CRT) training.
According to the Critical Race Training in Education database and reported by the Daily Caller:
Approximately 58 of the top 100 medical schools ranked by the U.S. News & World report include CRT in their courses and student training, according to the Critical Race Training in Education database. Of the top schools, 46 provide students and staff with resources by Robin DiAngelo, the author of “Nice Racism,” a book about how progressive white people perpetuate racial harm, and Ibram X. Kendi, the author of several books on antiracism including “Stamped.”
The Critical Race Training in Education database states, “As with our higher education database, some have embraced CRT explicitly, while others have a continuum of programming, such as ‘antiracism,’ ‘equity,’ and ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ that does not easily fit into a Yes/No construct…We provide information from which you can make the most informed decision possible.”
The Daily Caller notes that CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.
The antiracism push in medical education is increasing; to reach diversity, equity and inclusion goals, 35.6% of medical schools are offering incentives to departments who meet the diversity goals set by the institution. In July, the Association of American Medical Colleges released new guidelines on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for medical schools to teach students to consider their “privilege” and patients’ “intersectionality” when providing treatment.
The Daily Caller provides a breakdown on some of the nation’s top Medical Schools:
Harvard Medical School, named the top medical school in the country by the U.S. News & World report, is developing new classes for their masters and Ph.D. programs which will help students “acknowledge the ways in which racism is embedded in science and scientific culture and work to redress these longstanding issues,” according to Harvard Medical School’s website. The school’s Global Surgery and Social Change program requires its students to “participate in and lead informed discussions about antiracism through a dedicated antiracism curriculum” in order to educate students on the “history of racism and colonialism in health.”
The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, ranked third in the U.S. News & World report of medical schools, has racial affinity caucusing groups for students to participate in “antiracist work and process the impact of racism on ourselves and our community,” the school’s website reads. In September 2022, the school announced its “Differences Matter Initiative” to help the school “accelerate the achievement of equity and inclusion across the medical profession.”
Duke University School of Medicine, ranked sixth by the U.S. News & World report of medical schools, implemented an antiracism committee to “incorporate teaching racism and racial inequities” through “teaching, research and clinical missions,” the school website showed. The school offers resources including “an antiracist reading list from Ibram X. Kendi” to help further its goal of making the school “an educational and research leader and agent of change towards an antiracist culture.”
The department of surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, ranked 68th for medical schools in the nation, provides “ongoing faculty development sessions in topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion,” the school website stated. Students in the department of surgery will be taught to “eliminate the impact of implicit and explicit bias” within their practice.
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