Joe Biden, the US vice president, referred to either President Obama or himself as a “homeboy” during a tour of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, to review Hurricane Sandy damage.
In an apparent reference to the magnitude of the disaster and the ongoing federal relief efforts that will be necessary, Biden said “you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it.”
According to TheWeekly Standard, here is the text of Biden’s remarks:
“If you’re not an Easterner it’s hard to understand that the ocean to us is the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and everything else combined. It is a gigantic part of not only our economy but who we are. It’s a gigantic part of the culture as well.
“And every time the rest of the country is in real trouble, New Jersey and Delaware and New York and Connecticut etcetera we respond, we respond. And it’s going to be a heavy lift. These are difficult times in terms of budgets but the president has made it clear that we are going to do everything we can to make sure that the Corps is fully funded, that FEMA has their needs and that all the programs that exist under the auspices of the federal government not only continue to exist but are funded so that we can make sure that this area of the country is fully fully fully restored.
“So as the president said when he was up here with the governor, we’re not going anywhere. We’re not not going anywhere. And you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it.”
According to Politico, Biden was talking about himself, not the president, because Biden spent time on the Jersey shore as young man. The Blaze agrees with that assessment and also suggests that “the remark was presumably meant to be reassuring, or maybe part of a larger effort to connect with a younger, more diverse audience.”
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