On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden was inaugurated as President of the United States. He immediately enacted dozens of executive orders seeking to undo the damage of former President Donald Trump, as well as addressing racial injustice and the pandemic that's killed over 500 thousand Americans.
One component of Biden's ambitious first 100 day agenda is the reopening of schools after pandemic-induced closures put millions of American students into virtual learning models.
As of now, school reopenings have largely been left to the discernment of local officials and tailored to developments within individual communities.
Biden said in December of his reopening plan:
"If Congress provides the funding, we need to protect students, educators and staff. If states and cities put strong public health measures in place that we all follow, then my team will work to see that the majority of our schools can be open by the end of my first 100 days."
The specifics of the plan are still developing as Biden's health officials face Senate confirmation and the goal isn't without challenges, but there are still 64 days left before Biden's first 100 days are up.
The Republican party apparently missed that fact, claiming in a since-deleted tweet that Biden had failed to keep his 100 day goal of reopening schools.
People were quick to correct the tweet.
Perhaps you have trouble counting.....it is NOT yet 100 days. https://t.co/jQdMBmXwb9— Renee Vandalay (@Renee Vandalay) 1614282713.0
Biden has been in office for 36 days. This is a lie and completely pathetic. https://t.co/MSpVBjPwXo— Mike Shorter (@Mike Shorter) 1614283398.0
@GOP Math is hard, but Biden hasn’t been in office 100 days. 100 > 36. You’re welcome. https://t.co/wlv5A3H5FZ— Ashley Kuckelman✨🌏🥁🌊🕶✌🏼☮️ (@Ashley Kuckelman✨🌏🥁🌊🕶✌🏼☮️) 1614281510.0
After widespread ridicule, the GOP tried again.
Last year, Biden promised to reopen most of our schools within his first 100 days as President. But all he has do… https://t.co/L5ovXEq0nS— GOP (@GOP) 1614282899.0
But that tweet was met with opposition as well.
Math is hard. 🙄 So is telling the truth for these people. https://t.co/hsNDchuAUU— Angie M 🆗 (@Angie M 🆗) 1614285127.0
Hey @GOP , I know sometimes math can be hard and all, especially the counting thing. You're like my 6 year old niec… https://t.co/LQsILWu0xB— Gary Cousins (@Gary Cousins) 1614284492.0
At 36 days of the Biden Admin, so this #GOP #Propaganda is irrelevant. Maybe you will approve if he gives tax break… https://t.co/JV2fxjroL4— John Hudak (@John Hudak) 1614284368.0
Yes! He's been President a whole month and a month has 100 days, right. https://t.co/hQs9IgJvU7— Fred Langa (@Fred Langa) 1614284347.0
When a political party failed math you end up with lies about election results and accomplishments. https://t.co/PXwgljBOoP— Harry Roth (@Harry Roth) 1614283878.0
I see the GQP is still having a difficult time with math. He’s been in office less than 40 days. https://t.co/XRxZQatmaq— A Little Royal (@A Little Royal) 1614283838.0
The GOP didn't critique former President Donald Trump for his repeated failure to deliver a healthcare plan "in two weeks."