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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/22/2021 10:27 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/22/2021 10:27 PM
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President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

Washington, DC...Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule. It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19. Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined. That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth.







But as we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in America, we remember each person and the life they lived. They’re people we knew. They’re people we feel like we knew. Read the obituaries and remembrances. The son who called his mom every night just to check in. The father’s daughter who lit up his world. The best friend who was always there. The nurse — the nurse and nurses — but the nurse who made her patients want to live.

I was in — just in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility. There, I met a man when I walked in, whose father-in-law was dying of the virus. He was sad. I asked if I could call his father-in-law. He said his father-in-law was too sick to speak. But then he said, but could I pray for him — could I pray for him.

We all know someone — fellow Americans who lived lives of struggle, of purpose, and of hope. Who talked late into the night about their dreams; who wore the uniform, born to serve; who loved, prayed, and always offered a hand.

We often hear people described as “ordinary Americans.” There’s no such thing; there’s nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary. They spanned generations. Born in America. Immigrated to America. But just like that, so many of them took final breath alone in America.

As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a sta- — as a statistic or a blur or on the news. And we must do so to honor the dead, but equally important, care for the living and those left behind.

For the loved ones left behind, I know all too well — I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens. I know what it’s like when you are there, holding their hands. There’s a look in your eye, and they slip away. That black hole in your chest, you feel like you’re being sucked into it. The survivor’s remorse. The anger. The questions of faith in your soul.

For some of you, it’s been a year, a month, a week, a day, even an hour. And I know that when you stare at that empty chair around the kitchen table, it brings it all back, no matter how long ago it happened, as if it just happened that moment you looked at that empty chair. The birthdays, the anniversaries, the holidays without them. And the everyday things — the small things, the tiny things — that you miss the most. That scent when you open the closet. That park you go by that you used to stroll in. That movie theater where you met. The morning coffee you shared together. The bend in his smile. The perfect pitch to her laugh.

I received a letter from a daughter whose father died of COVID-19 on Easter Sunday last year. She and her children — his grandchildren — enter Lent this season, a season of reflection and renewal, with heavy hearts. Unable to properly mourn, she asked me in the letter, “What was our loss among so many others?”

Well, that’s what has been so cruel. So many of the rituals that help us cope, that help us honor those we loved, haven’t been available to us. The final rites with family gathered around. The proper homegoing, showered with stories and love. Tribal leaders passing [with]out the final traditions of sacred cultures on sacred lands.

As a nation, we cannot and we must not let this go on. That’s why the day before my inauguration, at the COVID-19 Memorial at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall, I said to heal — to heal, we must remember. I know it’s hard. I promise you, I know it’s hard — I remember. But that’s how you heal: You have to remember. And it’s also important to do that as a nation.

For those who have lost loved ones, this is what I know: They’re never truly gone. They’ll always be part of your heart. I know this, as well — and it seems unbelievable, but I promise you: The day will come when the memory of the loved one you lost will bring a smile to your lips before a tear to your eye. It will come. I promise you. My prayer for you though is that day will come sooner rather than later. And that’s when you know you’re going to be okay — you’re going to be okay.

And for me, the way through sorrow and grief is to find purpose. I don’t know how many of you have lost someone a while ago and are wondering, “Is he or she proud of me now? Is this what they want me to do?” I know that’s how I feel. And we can find purpose — purpose worthy of the lives they lived and worthy of the country we love.

So today, I ask all Americans to remember: Remember those we lost and those who are left behind.

But as we remember — as we all remember, I also ask us to act. To remain vigilant, to sa- — stay socially distanced, to mask up, get vaccinated when it’s your turn. We must end the politics and misinformation that has divided families, communities, and the country, and has cost too many lives already. It’s not Democrats and Republicans who are dying from the virus. It’s our fellow Americans. It’s our neighbors and our friends — our mothers, our fathers, our sons, our daughters, husbands, wives.

We have to fight this together, as one people, as the United States of America. That’s the only way we’re going to beat this virus, I promise you. The only way to spare more pain and more loss — the only way these millstones [sic] no longer mark our national mourning — these milestones, I should say — no longer mark our national mourning. Let this not be a story of how far we fell, but of how far we climbed back up. We can do this.

For in this year of profound loss, we have seen profound courage from all of you on the frontlines. I know the stress, the trauma, the grief you carry. But you give us hope. You keep us going. You remind us that we do take care of our own. That we leave nobody behind. And that while we have been humbled, we have never given up. We are America. We can and will do this.

In just a few minutes, Jill and I, Kamala and Doug, will hold a moment of silence here in the White House — the People’s House, your house. We ask you to join us to remember, so we can heal; to find purpose in the work ahead; to show that there is light in the darkness.

This nation will smile again. This nation will know sunny days again. This nation will know joy again. And as we do, we will remember each person we’ve lost, the lives they lived, the loved ones they left behind. We will get through this, I promise you. But my heart aches for you — those of you who are going through it right now.

May God bless you all, particularly those who have lost someone. God bless you.

6:11 P.M. EST


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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-22 22:28:11   By: Anonymous
 
That speech is why Joe got elected.

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    Posted on: 2021-02-23 07:09:45   By: Anonymous
     
    I liked Biden’s town hall last week, where he praised China’s human rights violations, claimed blacks and Hispanics can’t use the internet, and said he prefers “children better than people.”


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    Posted on: 2021-02-23 11:12:47   By: Anonymous
     
    O’Biden is going to milk this pandemic for four years!!

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    Posted on: 2021-02-23 13:08:48   By: Anonymous
     
    My uncle had lung cancer and bone cancer he only had 3 months to live and got covid. Says he died from covid.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 02:31:26   By: Anonymous
 
Over 100,000 dead under Joe's watch.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-02-23 04:52:22   By: Anonymous
     
    You know where you can shove that Jack. We all know who is responsible for this extraordinary number of deaths. One orange, lying, deceiving idiot, traitor, Donald Trump.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2021-02-23 06:53:18   By: Anonymous
       
      If ignorance is bliss, then why are you so unhappy?

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:21:13   By: Anonymous
         
        Because we are not uninformed and well aware of the tragedy that was Trump. It's going to be great fun watching his empire fall apart and the lawsuits begin, not to mention that little matter of millions of dollars in loans coming due from world banks that have now disassociated themselves from him. The DC hotel alone is now charging twice its former rates in an attempt to stay afloat. Owners of Trump Inc. time share condos in Hawaii and Florida have received notification that their "maintenance" will be doubled and tripled as many units remain vacant. And here we go!

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          Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:22:50   By: Anonymous
           
          Yes - and we get to see his tax returns now, too. ;)

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        Re: ignorance is bliss
        Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:37:04   By: Anonymous
         
        For 10+ months we had a President that ignored sickness and death due to covid.
        His supporters want to deflect that fact with Cuomo.
        What Gov Cuomo did was wrong.
        What Trump did was wrong.
        Pretty simple.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2021-02-23 06:58:10   By: Anonymous
       
      You really need to see someone about your severe case of TDS.

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        Re: TDS
        Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:47:32   By: Anonymous
         
        Doesn't matter what you call it.
        Trump was a failure as a leader.
        His supporters can only point to the stock market.
        Middle East peace? Really?
        Tough on China? At the expense of our farmers. Large farm corporations saw record profits yet were give billions in gov't aid. The small farms suffered. Why aren't those people speaking out against Trump policies? They're hoping for that gov't welfare.
        Division amongst Americans during the Trump years? Trump's response is that he was loved by the people of color. A handful of those token people speak out on FauxNews.
        Attacking Biden is what the supporters will be doing for the next 4 years as retribution for their fallen God.

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          Re: TDS
          Posted on: 2021-02-23 13:10:05   By: Anonymous
           
          Biden is failing so bad watch the g7?

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    Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:08:23   By: Anonymous
     
    Your boy Trump sat on this for two months and why the virus raged out of control. We are just beginning to turn the corner. And if you're keeping count, 400,000 under Trump.

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      Posted on: 2021-02-23 10:49:18   By: Anonymous
       
      lol... and Joe called is racist to stop the import of the virus from China.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 06:55:29   By: Anonymous
 
Author and former Clinton advisor Naomi Wolf warned Monday that the US is devolving into a police state under the Biden administration as endless lockdowns and restrictions show no sign of being lifted.

Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Wolf urged that the US is “moving into a coup situation,” under Democrat rule, owing to medical mandates being extended under the “guise of a real medical pandemic.”


Wolf emphasised that “lockdowns have never been done in society and really, we are turning into a of totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes.”

Far from being a conservative commentator, Wolf pointed out that it’s “not a partisan thing,” and told Carlson that what is happening “transcends everything that you and I might disagree or agree on. That should bring together left and right to protect our Constitution.”

Wolf continued, “The state has now crushed businesses, kept us from gathering in free assembly to worship as the First Amendment provides, is invading our bodies … which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, restricting movement, fining us in New York state … the violations go on and on.”

“Autocratic tyrants at the state and now the national level are creating this kind of merger of corporate power and government power, which is really characteristic of totalism fascism in the ’20’s,” Wolf further warned.

“They are using that to engage in emergency orders that simply strip us of our rights; rights to property, rights to assembly, rights to worship, all the rights the Constitution guarantees,” the liberal author added.

“I really hope we wake up quickly,” Wolf proclaimed, adding “history also shows that it’s a small window in which people can fight back before it is too dangerous to fight back.”

Less than a week after the election, Wolf expressed regret for voting for Biden, saying that she would never have done so if she had known he was committed to endless lockdowns.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 07:20:15   By: Anonymous
 
I had tingling feelings run up and down my leg when Plug’s was getting so emotional, then realized I had pissed myself! This guy is like a horrible dream, he and Cumula, and CUOMO need to take a walk offa cliff!

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    Posted on: 2021-02-23 07:34:07   By: Anonymous
     
    Why don't you ass hole Demorats just admit that Fingers Joe is a failure as President of the United States. Americans are going to pay higher taxes with all of the spending that Fingers is doing. He is letting millions of illegal immigrants across the borders so they can suck off the system and increase the homeless population. Your fuel costs for home and cars is already rising and will continue to rise because he is eliminating fossil fuels. That is just the tip of the iceberg with more to come. Nice going Demorats.

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      Posted on: 2021-02-23 07:40:01   By: Anonymous
       
      Thanks Joe , For Killing US...

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      Re: tip of the iceberg
      Posted on: 2021-02-23 09:11:22   By: Anonymous
       
      You need a better news source.
      Millions of immigrants have not come into the US in the last month.
      The price of fuel in the last 30 days has risen because of the oil companies and OPEC, not Biden.
      Get accurate information. Not what you hear from your right wing news. I can't blame Rush on this, but he's obviously been replaced by some other dumba$$.


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    Re: pissed yourself
    Posted on: 2021-02-23 09:06:26   By: Anonymous
     
    You need medical attention.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 07:41:19   By: Anonymous
 
Hunter brought in Covid-19 from China...

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-02-23 07:43:18   By: Anonymous
     
    Joe any nude pictures of Jill ?...

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:12:35   By: Anonymous
 
A majority of comments above are ignorant and vile; it's clear that the posters are not paying attention, simply hanging on to their dark conspiracy theories. A majority of Americans are grateful to have someone in the WH again who shows empathy and compassion. Any of you so very unhappy with the election results are free to return your upcoming state and federal stimulus checks or perhaps donate to a local food bank.

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    Re: Conspiracy Theories?
    Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:24:55   By: Anonymous
     
    Just wondering about the 4 plus years of conspiracy theories the democrats had. Or are we going to re-write history and call that waste of time something like a long running curiosity? "No one is more blind than he who will not see"!!! You hypocrites on the left are experts on conspiracy and collusion.

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      Re: Conspiracy Theories?
      Posted on: 2021-02-23 09:16:16   By: Anonymous
       
      They aren't theories until they're proven right or wrong.
      The truth about Trump is slowly coming out.
      The right had Hillary, and now Hunter.
      Neither were President of the United States.
      Trump will face the music someday.


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    Posted on: 2021-02-23 09:11:18   By: Anonymous
     
    Joe is thinking about how good your hair must smell. And he wants to babysit your kid so they can rub his hairy legs.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-02-23 17:43:04   By: Anonymous
     
    Stop watching CNN for your inaccurate news.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:16:07   By: Anonymous
 
A half a million lives lost to COVID, twice as many as those in the next highest number of victims pert nation which I believe is Brazil. It didn't have to be this bad except for the ego of Trump who didn't want to admit the gravity or impact the economy under his term. He has blood on his hands as did those enablers who perpetuated the lie.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:40:49   By: Anonymous
 
Fuk Slow Joe...

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    Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:44:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Calif. needs Cuomo for gov. he'll thin out the democrats...

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      Pandemicide
      Posted on: 2021-02-23 10:27:18   By: Anonymous
       
      trump is guilty of pandemicide.

      Willfull manslaughter, all to monetize the epidemic.

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tRump = big, fat, yellow haired FAILURE
Posted on: 2021-02-23 10:28:26   By: Anonymous
 
We're lucky that chump is down the road.

More to be removed, and they're not all republicants either. The leftie squad could use a little curtailing.

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    Re: tRump = big, fat, yellow haired FAILURE
    Posted on: 2021-02-23 11:11:19   By: Anonymous
     
    A stupid comment above said 100,000 on Joe’s watch . More like 500,000 on the non mask wearing incompetent criminal trump watch .


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      Re: tRump = big, fat, yellow haired FAILURE
      Posted on: 2021-02-23 12:53:21   By: Anonymous
       
      Let’s remember all the people who died if cancer, heart attacks, accidents too.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 11:45:43   By: Anonymous
 
Prove it!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 11:59:46   By: Anonymous
 
This might be a wee bit off the subject but here it goes: why would anyone that has gone #2 wipe themselves and put the TP into the trash can instead of dropping it into the toilet? Any ideas out there?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-02-23 12:29:51   By: Anonymous
     
    A Republican ?

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      Posted on: 2021-02-23 13:43:17   By: Anonymous
       
      Have to asked Democrat followers who use gorilla glue for hair products. Maybe AOC? Answer will be climate change and because it’s White which makes it racist.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 18:21:27   By: Anonymous
 
Thanks for the great ideas, I did call FUC, she forwarded me to Cumula, Cumula sent me on to Swalwell, the person that picked up was obviously Asian, could that have been his little sweetie, you know who I mean, the Chinese whore? I liked Plugs idea best, he is our leader you know, he suggested putting the paper in the dishwasher, then recycling it! That man is a genius! Why didn’t I think of that?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-23 18:22:36   By: Anonymous
 
I spent a year in combat in Vietnam, can’t remember running into Joe!

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