President Biden announced a new weekly series on Saturday that would allow him to call ordinary Americans who have been affected by COVID-19.
Biden made the first of these tapes, highly choreographed calls to “Michelle” from California, who recently lost her job.
“I was hired in July. My company was restructured due to COVID. This is the first time I am laying in my life. On Facebook I connect with others who are going through the same thing. I decided to write a letter to President Biden to tell them how I felt. ” Michelle said in the video on dramatic piano music.
The two-minute exchange also gave Biden a chance to reiterate his domestic priorities, which is currently working through Congress.
“We are making a plan that provides emergency relief to those who are now desperate,” Biden said. “Rent subsidies for everything from mortgage payments to unemployment insurance, to food security for children. It provides for opening small and medium-sized businesses,”
Mitchell said she was “very pleased” to see the president focused on those issues.
The call was blasted on all of Biden’s official social-media channels. A few hours after the chat was published, Biden Tweeted One message: “If I have to get the help of Americans who are in a hurry and are stuck in a long conversation – then this is an easy option. I am going to help the American people who are giving pain. “
The call to Mitchell from the Oval Office was recorded, though Biden planned to spend Super Bowl weekend at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.