President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Boulder County, Colorado, on Friday to tour the area affected by last week’s firearms and speak with residents who lost their homes.
Why this matters: The rapidly rising flames of the Marshall Fire destroyed nearly 1,000 homes and businesses and ordered evacuations, affecting more than 30,000 people.
Description: The Bidens surveyed the area in a helicopter tour before visiting local areas on foot, White House Pool reports.
- He spoke with several families as well as fire and rescue officials in front of their devastated homes.
- At one point, Biden hugged a man who pointed to his shorts and told him, “I’m not even dressed properly because that’s what I have.”
what is he saying: “I can’t imagine what it must be like to be here in this neighborhood and look at the winds going up to 100 mph and the flames,” Biden said in remarks to the community.
- “The situation is a blinking code red for our country,” he said, adding that extreme climatic conditions such as unusually high winds helped create the “tinder box”.
- “We cannot ignore the reality that these fires are being supercharged, they are being supercharged”, he said.
- Biden also mentioned his Build Back Better agenda, which allocates money to wildfire preparedness, and told residents that “the federal government isn’t going away … we’re going to be here as long as we can.” It takes time.”
- “The whole country is with you,” Biden said. “It’s going to get better.”
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