President Joe Biden highlighted some of the biggest accomplishments of his administration’s first 100 days in office during a drive-in rally at the Infinite Energy Center on Thursday, but he had a special message for Georgia voters.
“Your vote changed the world,” he said.
That was a major theme of Biden’s 20-minute speech to supporters at the rally, which also featured remarks from First Lady Jill Biden, Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison, Fair Fight founder Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Bourdeaux, Hank Johnson, Nikema Williams, Stanford Bishop and state Rep. Michelle Au.
Biden and other speakers pointed to not only his win in Georgia in the Nov. 3 presidential election, but also the election of Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, both Democrats, to the U.S. Senate on Jan. 5. The assertion was that Democratic wins in Georgia allowed Biden to find success in his first 100 days.
Biden highlighted higher-than-expected COVID-19 vaccination levels, legislative successes such as passage of the American Recovery Plan and the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, and rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. He also laid out some of the things left to do, such as passing a new voting rights act named for late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.
“Look folks, it’s been 100 days since I first sat at my desk in the Oval Office and went to work for you and the American people,” Biden said. “I want to thank you (and) I want to thank the American people because I think we’ve gotten a lot done.
“I promised before I was even sworn in that I would get, in my first 100 days, 100 million COVID vaccine shots in people’s arms. We’ve lost over 550,000 Americans, but we delivered over 220 million COVID shots in the first 100 days. We’ve vastly expanded access. We’ve got 100 million doses of the vaccine, enough for every single American.”
The president highlighted passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which included $1,400 stimulus checks for Americans.
“I want to stop here and give thanks to both of your senators, Sens. Ossoff and Warnock, for making it happen because those two votes ... those two votes made the difference,” Biden said. “It passed by a single vote, and that means we owe special thanks to the people of Georgia.
“Because of your two senators, the rest of America was able to get the help they need.”