Biden was asked by reporters [inaudible] DeSantis who is using your words about “don’t be in the way” and he’s saying “I am in the way, to block too much interference from the federal government”, your response Mr. President?
“Governor Who?” Biden joked
“DeSantis” the reporter confirmed, before realizing that it wasn’t a moment of cognitive decline, and Biden was making a joke.
DeSantis fired back “I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is what else has he forgotten?” DeSantis said
“Biden has forgotten about the crisis at our southern border, I can tell you that,” DeSantis continued. “Biden has forgotten about the inflation that’s biting the budgets of families all throughout our country. Biden has forgotten about the demonstrators who are fighting for freedom down in Cuba. Biden has even forgotten about the Constitution itself as we saw with what he did with this moratorium.”
“And I can just tell you that I’m the governor ‘who’ protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kids’ education. I’m the governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down.”
“I’m the governor who answers to the people in Florida, not the bureaucrats in Washington,” DeSantis concluded.
Jen Psaki responded by stating she “approached this not as a political issue, but a public health issue.”
“Frankly, our view is that this is too serious – deadly serious – to be doing partisan name-calling. That’s what we’re not doing here. We’re focused on providing public health data and information to the people of Florida and to make sure they understand what steps they should be taking even if those are not steps taken at the top of the leadership in that state,” Psaki said.