Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes. When you’re in the Oval Office, weighing the toughest issues, and the choice you make will affect the lives and livelihoods of the entire country – you need someone with you who’s got the judgment and the character to make the right call. Someone whose focus goes beyond self-interest to consider the lives and prospects of others. @JoeBiden nailed this decision. By choosing Senator @KamalaHarris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president. They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead. I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. Her own life story is one that I and so many others can see ourselves in: a story that says that no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you worship, or who you love, there’s a place for you here. It’s a fundamentally American perspective, one that’s led us out of the hardest times before. And it’s a perspective we can all rally behind right now. Michelle and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Kamala, Doug, Cole, and Ella. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.
I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats. Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working class people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans—not just those at the top. They make me optimistic about our party’s chances in November and about our country’s future long after that. So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early—by mail or in person.
This pandemic is far from over––and our medical professionals continue to put their lives on the line to keep our country going. @JoeBiden and I had a chance to thank Dr. Spencer for his work during the Ebola crisis and this current pandemic.
The best way for us to honor John’s legacy is to embrace the message he hoped would outlive himself: that any one of us has the power to enact change. John was a once-in-a-generation hero and leader, but make no mistake—he believed more than anyone that the ability to change the state of things lives in the everyday citizen, and comes to fruition through the simplest of acts. John would have wanted us to honor his legacy—not with defeat and complacence—but with action. Passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act is a start. While we’re at it, let’s go further. Let’s make sure to automatically register every citizen to vote. Let’s give back the right to vote to the formerly incarcerated who have served their time. Let’s abolish the practices that intentionally make it difficult to cast a ballot, particularly in communities of color. Let’s roll back the Senate filibuster and end gerrymandering. These suppressive roadblocks inhibit the strides that John took for us. And while rectifying them may seem like lofty ambitions, John pulled us closer to their fulfillment, and together, we can continue inching forward. What made him so bold was his unflappable belief in progress. If you want to honor his legacy, make sure you and everybody you know registers to vote, votes early, or requests to vote by mail. That’s how we actualize the better tomorrow in which John was courageous enough to believe in.
It's National Vote By Mail Day. Voting by mail is easy and safe. Take a few minutes to request your vote-by-mail ballot, then get your family and friends to do the same. Request your ballot early, send it back early, and fill it out carefully. Get started: votesaveamerica.com/everylastvote.
As we continue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I thought I would share the stories of three young activists leading the charge in the disability rights movement. Storm, Hari, and Noah are working in their communities––at their schools, places of work, neighborhoods––to advocate for a future that is more inclusive and accessible for all people. Through storytelling, Storm uses her work as a producer to expand representation in the media. She wants to make sure that the stories of people in the Deaf community––one that she’s proud to be a part of––aren’t ignored. As a student studying Psychology at UC Berkeley, Hari educates his peers by sharing his experience as a minimally speaking autistic while teaching a semester-long class on autism. While working as a coordinator for Chicago Adapt, Noah founded an organization to advocate for disability rights for international, first-generation, and immigrant students with disabilities. Change happens from the ground up––and these three are leading the way in their communities.
Our second film from Higher Ground is @CripCampFilm––it’s the story of the young people who met at Camp Jened and together would go on to lead the disability civil rights movement. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I got the chance to talk to the next generation of activists and advocates in the disability rights movement. Through weekly virtual workshops they’ve been continuing the work seen in Crip Camp by training and empowering the next generation of leaders. These grassroots activists remind us that when people get involved and recognize their own power—they can achieve extraordinary change. And we couldn’t be prouder of them.
I sat down with @JoeBiden to talk about the most pressing issues of our time. He's exactly the leader we need right now––with the vision, the plans, and character to move America forward. It's going to take all of us to get him elected. Let's get to work: JoeBiden.com/together
When @JoeBiden and I first came into office in 2009, our country was on the brink of a second Great Depression––and our administration had to work quickly to stop the bleeding and lay down new rules of the road on the financial system to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. Today marks ten years since I signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. It ushered in the vital reforms needed to help our financial system weather a future crisis. And it created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has already returned $12 billion to consumers taken advantage of by financial institutions. Wall Street reform was a step in the right direction for holding big banks accountable and building a fairer economy that works for everybody. But this kind of change didn’t come easy—and it won’t stay intact easily, either. It’s something we constantly have to protect, and constantly keep working to expand. That’s why at the @ObamaFoundation, we’re working to support a new generation of leaders who can help us do just that.