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Remarks: Joe Biden Makes an Unscheduled Stop at the Teachers of the Year State Dinner - May 2, 2024

  • Joe Biden
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Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:11 (12 sec)
I'm Jill Biden's husband. [Laughter and applause] Please have a -- sit -- please sit down. 1

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:11-00:00:32 (20 sec)
I'm going to be very brief. I just came back from North Carolina -- [applause] -- Wilmington, North Carolina. [Applause] The mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina, has spent time living in Wilmington, Delaware. [Applause] His daughter went to the University of Del- -- 2

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:32-00:00:42 (10 sec)
Anyway, look, I'll be very, very brief. First of all, I want to say how impressed I am with all that this woman does for the country and all -- no, I mean it sincerely. 3

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:00:42-00:00:51 (9 sec)
But, look, you know, you all are the reason why we -- we have hope about the future. I really mean it. Not a joke. 4

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:00:51-00:01:08 (17 sec)
And I was down in -- in North Carolina -- in Charlotte and Wilmington, North Carolina -- announcing a major multibillion-dollar program to make sure we got all lead out of water in North Carolina -- [applause] -- and the entire country. 5

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:01:08-00:01:28 (20 sec)
And I was with a bunch of schoolteachers who -- they've discovered, in Wilmington, a significant -- a significant amount of lead coming out of one of the fountains that was in one of the schools. And I met these four little kids who were in second grade, coming up -- "Mr. Pwesident, you got to do something." [Laughter] And we're going to do something. 6

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:01:28-00:01:39 (11 sec)
My -- the point I want to make is that, you know, the idea that we can't do more in education seems to me to be a ludicrous notion. 7

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:39-00:01:55 (16 sec)
You know, how can we be the ma- -- the most powerful, most meaningful country in the world without having the best education system in the world? [Applause] 8

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:01:55-00:02:02 (7 sec)
And teaching is not what you do; it's who you are. It's who you -- no, for real. I know that. [Laughter] Believe me, I know that. 9

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:02:02-00:02:16 (14 sec)
By the way, I actually taught for a number of years in law school. And then I was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. No -- I don't get an applause for that? [Laughter and applause] 10

Joe Biden

Negative
00:02:16-00:02:22 (6 sec)
But all kidding aside, what I realized is how damn hard she works every day and you all work every day. 11

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:02:22-00:02:37 (16 sec)
So, look, I just want to say I appreciate all you do. You're incredible. You're -- you are -- as I've said before -- I got criticized for it the first time I said it -- you are the kite strings that lift our national ambitions aloft -- literally, not figuratively. 12

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:37-00:02:42 (4 sec)
You are the kite strings. You are the future. You provide it for us. 13

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:02:42-00:02:50 (8 sec)
So, I just came by to say thank you. I'm going to get the hell out of here. Thank you. [Laughter and applause] 14