In a rare sight on Wednesday, President Joe Biden came together with his 2024 presidential foe and incumbent Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as they surveyed the devastation of the hurricane-ravaged region.
On his trip, Biden promised to lend Florida the power of the federal government to help rebuild the affected towns and comforted local residents alongside DeSantis.
Biden praised DeSantis’ handling of the storm, and said, “Today we have one job and only one job, and that’s to make sure the people in Florida get everything they need to fully, thoroughly recover.” He also warned that the rebuilding effort will take months or years.
After Biden and first lady, Jill Biden arrived earlier at Fisherman’s Wharf, where homes and businesses were left destroyed in the storm, DeSantis offered his hand to the president for a shake. This camaraderie, so to say, continued Wednesday afternoon when DeSantis formally welcomed Biden to his state and praised the collaboration with officials on the ground and the federal government in Washington.
“We are cutting through the red tape and that’s from local government, state government, all the way up to the president. We appreciate the team effort,” DeSantis said.
Biden said DeSantis had done a “good job” when asked by reporters to assess the governor’s handling of the recovery efforts. “We have very different political philosophies … but we worked hand in glove,” Biden said. “On things related to dealing with this crisis, we’ve been completely lockstep. There’s been no difference.”