Biden speaks to unemployed California resident by phone

President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with a California resident who lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic and spoke encouraging words to her. According to the White House, such talks between the President and ordinary Americans will now become regular and will help the executive branch to better interact with the people.

The White House press office released a 2.5-minute video on Saturday in which President Biden spoke by phone from the Oval Office with Michelle Voelkert, who wrote to the head of state after she lost her job at a clothing startup in July last year.

After reading a letter from Michelle, Biden decided to call her.

A woman who lives in Roseville, California, spoke to Biden about the difficulties associated with finding a new job.

Biden remembered that his father always told him that work should be associated not only with salary, but also with dignity and respect. He told Michelle about the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, which includes $ 1,400 in disbursements to people like Michelle Voelkert and other assistance for individuals and small businesses. Part of the funds will go to the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.

“I’ve been saying for a long time that the idea that we can keep businesses in the country open, move forward and prosper without fighting this pandemic is simply not feasible,” Biden said.

A reporter for the Sacramento Bee newspaper contacted 47-year-old Voelkert following her conversation with the president.

“It was an incredible opportunity,” she said. “I’m still in awe.”

According to the White House, this conversation was the beginning of a new tradition, thanks to which the president will be able to communicate directly with the Americans at a time when his travel around the country is largely limited due to the pandemic. Biden flew from Washington to Wilmington, Delaware on Friday night to spend the weekend at home with his family.

“There is a long tradition in the country of listening to the president in this way,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday, referring to the “fireside talks” during the Franklin Roosevelt presidency and Ronald Reagan’s weekly radio messages to Americans. Now the radio message has been transformed into a video version, which can be viewed on the Internet.

Psaki said that Biden’s weekly address to the country will be released in different formats.

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