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President Biden during a White House event on Friday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden told U.S. Olympians during a virtual meeting Saturday evening that they "made me so damn proud" and invited the athletes to visit the White House in the fall.

Driving the news: "You handled yourself with such grace and such decency," Biden told the athletes, noting during the call from his home near Wilmington, Delaware, alongside first lady Jill Biden, they had to overcome disruptions like the pandemic, which delayed the Tokyo Olympic Games by a year.

Of note: Biden told gymnastics superstar Simone Biles that she "gave an example to everybody" when she withdrew from several events to prioritize her mental health.

  • "You had the courage to say, 'I need some help,'" Biden said.
  • "And guess what, by the way, you got back up on that damned beam!" the president added, referring to Biles' decision to compete in her final Tokyo Olympic Games event — which saw her win a bronze medal.

What she's saying: Biles noted during the Zoom call that her decision to focus on her mental health was "probably be one of my greatest accomplishments."

  • "If you would have asked me in my younger years I would have probably been too stubborn," Biles said. "But at that point I knew that I just had to take a step back, let the other girls go up and do their job and I’m very proud of the way the handled everything."

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Tech is going all-in on mental health

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios; Photos: Universal History Archive via Getty Images

More and more, our mental health care is being delivered using tech solutions like smartphone apps, AI-powered chatbots and wearables — especially since the start of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Technology has its flaws, but experts say it has been critical in addressing some of the obstacles in access to mental health care: too few providers and too little insurance coverage.

Oct 30, 2021 - Health

The kids really aren't OK

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The number of children struggling with mental health issues has skyrocketed amid the pandemic, and the crisis isn't abating as life returns to normal.

Why it matters: Many children won't just bounce back to normal on their own, experts say, and will need additional care and support in their homes, schools and broader communities.

Biden calls Fox News reporter a "stupid son of a b---h" on hot mic

President Biden blasted Fox News' Peter Doocy on Monday after the reporter asked if the nation's soaring inflation is a political liability, saying, "what a stupid son of a b----h."

Driving the news: The Biden administration has faced rising inflation rates over recent months, which it has labeled as "transitory."