This week, former President Barack Obama joined those touting accomplishments by the Biden-Harris administration as it rolled past the 100-day mark. Throughout those just 100 days, the Biden-Harris team has helped lead a nationwide effort to boost the country, from surging vaccination levels against COVID-19 to the economic relief package known as the American Rescue Plan, which — among other provisions — included an expansion of the federal child tax credit. That tax credit expansion is poised to provide assistance to families across the United States.
On Twitter the morning after Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, Obama commented as follows:
‘During President [Joe Biden’s] first 100 days, the economy has created more than 1 million jobs, more than 200 million shots have been administered, and we’re on our way to cutting child poverty in half. And as we saw last night, this is just the beginning.’
During President @JoeBiden’s first 100 days, the economy has created more than 1 million jobs, more than 200 million shots have been administered, and we’re on our way to cutting child poverty in half. And as we saw last night, this is just the beginning. https://t.co/T89Kxxd0WU
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2021
Going forward, as Biden outlined in his remarks to Congress, the administration is hoping to see through the passage of an ambitious infrastructure spending plan in coming months. The plan includes much-needed moves like the replacement of all lead water pipes currently in use and an expansion of broadband internet access for rural communities. An advocacy group known as BroadbandNow reported that as of 2017 a full 14 million Americans lacked “access to any fixed broadband service whatsoever,” and this lack of broadband access obviously seriously impedes the provision of so-called telemedicine, remote learning, and more.
When in office, Trump occasionally talked up the possibility of an infrastructure spending plan, but he seemed more interested in posting petty and arrogant tweets than getting the job done. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has pledged that “infrastructure week” — a nickname for the policy talk from the Trump era that never went anywhere — will, under the Biden administration, become an actual signifier of assistance for the American people instead of a “punchline.” As Biden noted during his remarks to Congress, the administration’s infrastructure plan, if enacted, could speed along the creation of large numbers of accessible jobs across the country.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: