On Wednesday, President Joe Biden and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis toured neighborhoods together in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Biden began talking about global warming right away.
“I think the one thing this has finally ended is the discussion about whether or not there's climate change, and we should do something about it,” Biden stated not longer after he began speaking.
After the speech, Biden spoke to reporters about his visit and brought up global warming again.
“First of all, the biggest thing the governor’s done and so many others have done is recognized this thing called global warming,” he said. “The world is changing.”
The issue of climate change was at the forefront of Biden's mind as he thought about all the natural disasters that he encountered during his presidency.
“You know, more timber, more homes, more buildings, more police stations, fire stations etc. have burned to the ground in California, Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona than makes up the entirety of the state of New Jersey,” Biden declared during his speech.
“To the ground! Gone!” he exclaimed.
The first lady and President Joe Biden met with DeSantis and Casey DeSantis, the first lady from Florida, in Fort Myers, Florida, and visited with residents from the local area.
“We’re here today because we wanted to tell you in person that we’re thinking of you and we’re not leaving, we’re not leaving until this gets done,” Biden stated.
DeSantis expressed gratitude to Biden for his visit to Florida and shook his hand after meeting with Biden at the event.
“Mr. President, welcome to Florida, we appreciate working together across various levels of government,” the president said.
Biden explained that he had a look at the destruction caused by the storm during a helicopter tour of the region, but added “I’m sure it’s much more worse on the ground.”
“You don’t have to have much of an imagination to understand that everything, everything historic, titanic and unimaginable storm just ripped it to pieces,” he said.
Biden boasted about the money Florida could receive through his infrastructure bill and promised that he would “build back better.”
“Today we have one job and only one job, and that’s to make sure the people of Florida have everything they need to recover,” he added.
Biden was caught on a microphone using an expletive when he spoke with Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy.
“Keep the faith,” Biden said as he met with the mayor after his talk with the media. “And by the way, you were raised the same way I was. No one fucks with a Biden.”