“How are you, Michele?” : when Joe Biden phones an American who has just lost her job

“How are you, Michele?” Thus begins a series of “conversations” with ordinary Americans that the new President of the United States inaugurated on Saturday February 6. In the first episode, posted on Twitter, Joe Biden calls a woman who has lost her job due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This Roseville, California, mother wrote to Joe Biden to tell him about this “hard time” and looking for a new job. “As my father always said: a job is much more than a salary. It’s a question of dignity, respect, place in society”the 78-year-old president told him over the phone. “We are so happy that you take care of this”, Michele, whose last name has not been released, replied, while announcing that her own parents had just had an appointment to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The Democratic President took the opportunity to promote to her the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus plan that his camp is preparing to adopt in Congress, despite the lack of support from the Republicans, as well as from the campaign. mass vaccination he promised.

With these communication sequences that will take place “regularly”, Joe Biden wants to showcase his empathy and mark the break with his predecessor Donald Trump, accused by his detractors of being uninterested in the fate of millions of Americans affected by the health and economic crisis.

The phone calls from the 46th President of the United States are intended as a modern avatar, in the age of social networks, radio talks by the fireside unveiled by his distant predecessor Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s to invite himself into the American homes. Donald Trump had only sporadically taken up this tradition, in the form of videos recorded and posted on Facebook.

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