On Sunday, former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to honor the birthday of the late baseball player Jackie Robinson, who was born on January 31 in 1919. Robinson was, of course, the first Black individual to play in modern Major League Baseball in the United States, and on Twitter, the former president wrote that Robinson “changed the world and paved the way for others, including me.”
Alongside an image of Robinson, Obama wrote as follows:
‘When Jackie Robinson faced down slurs, spiked cleats, and pitches aimed at his head—and stole home anyway—he didn’t only change baseball. He changed the world and paved the way for others, including me. On his birthday, we’re called not only to honor that legacy but build on it.’
Check out his message below:
When Jackie Robinson faced down slurs, spiked cleats, and pitches aimed at his head—and stole home anyway—he didn't only change baseball. He changed the world and paved the way for others, including me. On his birthday, we’re called not only to honor that legacy but build on it. pic.twitter.com/d2KDDZNWEN
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 31, 2021
Meanwhile, over in the White House, President Joe Biden — Obama’s former second-in-command — has been working to enact a wide-ranging selection of policies for the benefit of the American people. Among other examples, Biden reopened the Obamacare health insurance marketplace meaning that people without health insurance can get newly covered outside of ordinary open enrollment periods, ordered the review and reversal of “more than 100 Trump actions on the environment,” extended nationwide moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures, and more, as CNN reports. Biden is also advocating for the imminent passage of a new COVID-19 relief bill from Congress that would include measures like increased unemployment assistance and direct payments to many Americans.
Notably, throughout these early stages of the Biden administration, there have been no late-night Twitter freakouts from the president, there have been no angry meltdowns from the White House press secretary, and there have been no bizarrely rambling media appearances from top officials trying to cover up for their boss’s ineptitude. Instead, competence has returned to the White House.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: