In what apparently is a legitimate tweet from Joe Biden’s social media account rather than satire from the Babylon Bee or another parody site, the president reminded people who are caught up in Tropical Storm Henri or its aftermath of what’s really important.
“To those in Henri’s path: Don’t forget that you may need to seek shelter while we’re still battling COVID-19 and the Delta variant. So wear a mask and try to observe social distancing. And to everyone across the country, don’t get caught by the next storm. Get vaccinated now,” the tweet recommended.
Henri, which started out as a hurricane, swept through the eastern seaboard bringing with it heavy rain and winds, power outages, flash flooding, and some evacuations in coastal areas as it made landfall. The storm prompted several northeast governors and mayors to declare states of emergency and advise constituents to shelter in place.
Rain continues to fall at this writing in some areas, leading to the possibility of more flash flooding, although officials at the National Hurricane Center have downgraded Henri to a tropical depression.
To those in Henri’s path: Don't forget that you may need to seek shelter while we’re still battling COVID-19 and the Delta variant. So wear a mask and try to observe social distancing.
And to everyone across the country, don't get caught by the next storm. Get vaccinated now.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 23, 2021
Biden has promised that states that got slammed in the storm will receive full backing at the federal level.
Although this tweet was presumably issued by a staffer rather than Biden himself, it does serve in a way as a callback — in an entirely different context — to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace’s on-air question on Sunday: “Does the president not know what’s going on?”
Lots of Americans evidently feel the same way.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 19, 2021
As a thought experiment, imagine the reaction from the political/media establishment had President Donald Trump tweeted out the same or similar messaging in the midst of a weather-related disaster.
With a wide-open southern border even as the president expressed concern in his tweet about the Delta variant of COVID-19, Border Patrol union officials have warned that the Biden administration is allegedly releasing illegal aliens into the country on a routine basis who either have the coronavirus or haven’t been tested.
In any event, many social media users have concluded that the Biden tweet is all wet, as it were. Here is a sampling:
I’d call you a joke but that’s not fair to jokes, at least some of them are funny.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 23, 2021
Whatever dude pic.twitter.com/zTlgN2B6Yc
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) August 23, 2021
Can’t even have a natural disaster without mentioning vaccines.
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) August 23, 2021
If you’re really worried about COVID you would close the southern border
— Dana Linn (@dlinn6411) August 23, 2021
Bruh. How does a vaccine protect you against hurricanes? 😂😂 And where can I get the Sharknado vaccine?
— Vulgar Capital LLC Ltd PLC SpA Inc™️ 🇮🇹 (@VulgarCapLLC) August 23, 2021
What the heck does this even mean? Wearing a mask will ward off a hurricane? Great leadership… great advice.
— betsy (@betsycoffey) August 23, 2021
Dear masses of people crushed up against the gates at the Kabul airport
We have asked the Taliban to start checking vaccine passports & enforcing social distancing
WTF is crazy Joe babbling about?
Did he get two tweets mixed up? https://t.co/L6r5sJ4yzn
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) August 23, 2021
Wtf is a vaccine going to do against a hurricane… I’m sorry but I was trying to be optimistic about you, but that’s completely over now. I didn’t overly like who I voted for, but at least it wasn’t you Mr. President
— Terry Moore (@Terry56080087) August 23, 2021
Count the masks here, without a teleprompter. pic.twitter.com/EyD0n2Mr3p
— Big Shoots (@hrbekroenick) August 23, 2021
But if you’re a Texas Democratic legislator on a charter flight, mask regulations do not apply
— Older, Wiser and Oh So Happy (@NotTheHOFer) August 23, 2021
I may have missed the weather channel report but is Henri some kind of Covid laden hurricane? Seems like very unusual advice. Before a hurricane most suggestions are about having a safe place, batteries, flashlight, water…you know, common sense stuff.
— Juan Onjuan (@FFLJohn) August 23, 2021
Like this pic.twitter.com/atQG7L3bzU
— AMYB (@ABerg2021) August 23, 2021
TONE DEAF. https://t.co/CbybEAOEgL
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) August 23, 2021
If I’m getting hounded or pounded by hurricane winds, a mask and social distancing aren’t my first thoughts, Mr President.
— David Peretto (@david_peretto) August 23, 2021
what if the hurricane blows your mask off?
— Jonathon Snyder (@JonathonSnyder) August 23, 2021
This is so bizarre I’m thinking Joe might have actually written it. https://t.co/fAmIQ2Gq6o
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) August 23, 2021
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