Biden’s little gesture to Desantis emphasized the president’s human touch

The president called it “notable.” And he showed me the true meaning of “notable” with just a touch.

President Biden came to Florida on Thursday. Specifically, I came to surfside to see the incredible aftermath of an unimaginable event, the collapse of Champlain Towers South. While in a stunned little town, he heard stories of a family full of pain, embarrassment, and resignation.

He had sympathetic and encouraging words for first responders.

He called for “notable” cooperation between local, state and federal agencies, all working together to find all the victims of the collapse and, in the long run, why this structure collapsed.

Almost 18 months after a highly politicalized response to the deadly coronavirus, or perhaps no response, in this state and other states across the country, Florida Republican Governor Desantis is a political rival to U.S. lawmakers. It’s breathtaking to see them standing side by side. .. One day Debbie Wasserman Schultz and another day Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava — both Democrats.

But the picture of the governor sitting next to the president is the most moving of all, as he puts his hand lightly on Desantis’ arm when talking to a local leader.

It’s an unconscious and unrestrained show of shared humanity. This is natural, but it’s still a remarkable gesture, and I hope it sets the tone for the upcoming challenging steps.

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