Democratic President Joe Biden was caught swearing on a hot mic while speaking with the mayor of Fort Myers, Florida. His profane slip was largely applauded by the Twitterverse.
Biden was meeting with Fort Myers Mayor Ray Murphy during his second storm-related trip this week, this time to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Ian which resulted in more than $50 billion in damages and at least 130 deaths between Cuba, Florida and North Carolina.
Biden had met with Murphy and other local officials and residents, participating in a joint news conference with Ron DeSantis, Florida's Republican Governor. He apparently jived with Murphy so much at one point he uttered the following profanity:
"No one f**ks with a Biden."
You can hear what Biden said in the video below.
Murphy later told Yahoo! News he found Biden's remark rather endearing.
“It was not directed at anybody. It was just two guys talking."
“It didn’t faze me one bit. That’s just the way two guys talk to each other from our respective backgrounds.”
Murphy noted he and Biden "familiarized ourselves with each other" which was "great" because he wants Fort Myers to remain visible as the area continues its recovery efforts in the days since the storm, which struck Florida as a Category 4 hurricane.
While he could not remember what it was he said that made Biden "drop the bomb," he said it made Biden more relatable.
“We’re both Irish Catholics. We’re both devout Catholics. But every once in a while a little salty language comes out."
Biden's remark quickly went viral and social media users ate it up.
Biden's remarks came after DeSantis praised the federal government for its cooperation in "cutting through the red tape, and that's from local government, state government all the way up to the President."
Biden extended the federal emergency relief he first enacted before the storm by 30 days.
He has also authorized federal assistance to be available for 60 days as Florida begins to rebuild following the deadly hurricane.