During a recent speech at an event hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in Washington, D.C., President Biden shared his concerns about the potential for a government shutdown and its implications, pointing fingers at some “hardline Republicans.”
Both President Biden and Vice President Harris addressed attendees at the CBC Foundation’s 52nd Annual Legislative Conference dinner. Harris praised the CBC for its leadership in advocating for reproductive and civil rights, drawing attention to gun violence’s significant toll on American children. The Vice President also expressed concerns about recent educational guidelines in Florida that discuss the potential benefits enslaved individuals derived from the institution of slavery.
As Biden took the stage, he expressed gratitude for Vice President Harris’s dedication and efforts. He also acknowledged White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who was honored at the event.
The President shared his frustrations with certain Republican members of Congress whom he believes are creating division and are unwilling to back a deal that would prevent a government shutdown on October 1. Emphasizing the consequences of a potential shutdown, Biden highlighted the crucial role Congress plays in ensuring government operations continue smoothly.
Discussing the 2024 elections, President Biden reiterated that American democracy faces challenges and emphasized his substantial victory in the 2020 election, which overcame numerous legal disputes and the unprecedented events of January 6.
Biden acknowledged discussions about his age and its potential impact on his ability to lead effectively. However, he was keen to remind listeners of his accomplishments since assuming office, from vaccination campaigns to international diplomacy.
The President also spoke about increasing political divisions and violence in the U.S., noting the rise of domestic extremist groups. He underscored the importance of unity in rejecting political violence and expressed concern over the divisive strategies he believes are being employed by former President Trump and his supporters.
Reflecting on his personal history, President Biden mentioned his early involvement in the civil rights movement and credited the African-American community for his initial political successes.
He also recalled the 2017 events in Charlottesville and expressed his disagreement with how they were characterized by then-President Trump, which motivated him to run for office in 2020.
During his speech, President Biden experienced a slight mix-up while trying to commend the musical achievements of LL Cool J and MC Lyte. This minor mistake was met with laughter from the audience.
Biden has previously been criticized for using inappropriate language when referring to African Americans, a subject that resurfaced when he misspoke during this speech.