Biden’s small gesture speaks volumes

President's grace and understanding in the midst of tragedy helps transcend political divide.

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July 7, 2021 - 10:09 AM

President Joe Biden speaks alongside Miami Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, right, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo on July 1, 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

The president called it “remarkable.” And, with just a touch of his hand, he showed us what “remarkable” really meant.

President Joe Biden came to Florida on Thursday, Surfside, specifically, to see for himself the incredible aftermath of an unimaginable event — the collapse of the Champlain Towers South. During his time in the small, stunned town, he listened to family members’ stories that were riddled with pain, bewilderment, resignation.

He had empathetic and encouraging words for first responders.

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