Gov. DeSantis didn’t see Joe Biden Saturday. What did he do instead?

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The Governor's last stop was at 1:45, so he could have met Biden in Live Oak. But where was DeSantis earlier?

Florida’s Governor did not meet with President Joe Biden as he toured Idalia-damaged areas, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t busy.

Per the Saturday schedule from Ron DeSantis’ office, the Governor was engaged in efforts near where the hurricane made landfall earlier this week.

DeSantis’ day began at 9:30am with a briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center.

From there, the Governor went to Keaton Beach for a walking tour at 11:45 and then a visit to the fire station half an hour later.

His next stop on the official itinerary was at 1 p.m., when he visited a recipient of a temporary trailer from the Florida Department of Emergency Management.

The Governor went to Horseshoe Beach from there, visiting a one-stop business resource center at 1:30, followed by a meal distribution with Chick-fil-a in the same community.

The President, meanwhile, is in Live Oak, where he is getting a briefing with Sen. Rick Scott, before remarks at 4:15 p.m. that the Governor could make. Biden believed DeSantis would meet him today, but the DeSantis administration decided against it.

The Governor’s spokesman said Friday that the state couldn’t be assured of security for the President as he tours the most storm-stricken areas in the state, even though such concerns weren’t an issue in the aftermath of 2022’s Hurricane Ian. This raises questions as to why the teams “mutually agreed” on the location, of course.

“We don’t have any plans for the Governor to meet with the President tomorrow,” Jeremy Redfern says. “In these rural communities, and so soon after impact, the security preparations alone that would go into setting up such a meeting would shut down ongoing recovery efforts.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ron DaPussitis

    September 2, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    DeSantis is such a pussy. If he was or had competent people, he wouldn’t be scared of being seen with President Biden. If Republican rivals called him out, all he could say is “the president was helping people through a disaster, and I would give the same courtesy to any state, including Newsom”.

    But he’s just a pussy.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 2, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Ron isn’t a pussy. Biden is incompetent, and clueless. Why waste your time talking to a guy that has full blown dementia. His VP is just as bad. Just a younger version of that moron.

      • Suzan

        September 2, 2023 at 4:21 pm

        Because Biden has federal monies that residents of Florida need. But DeSantis has never been of leadership material. It’s all political theater with him, never about Floridians.

      • Petlover

        September 2, 2023 at 7:29 pm

        Biden is far better than DeSantis could ever be. There isn’t one thing wrong with his memory. He can give a speech without a teleprompter. He is one of the better presidents we have ever had. You can’t have any facts to prove what you have said so I think we know who the moron is.

        • rose dykes

          September 3, 2023 at 1:47 pm

          Stick with Loving your pets your really Not 🚫 Up there in this world 🌍. Praying for you Love you 🙏😇❤️

        • Rick Whitaker

          September 3, 2023 at 4:24 pm

          pet lover, you are so right about bidden.

      • My Take

        September 2, 2023 at 8:35 pm

        Biden — Occasional harmless forgetfulless.
        Ttump — Frequently stark raving ragiñg mad, bouts of full blown insanity.

      • SteveHC

        September 3, 2023 at 2:29 am

        “Full blown dementia”? Am curious as to exactly which medical school you believe granted you a medical degree… I’m by no means a full-blown, strident Biden supporter but I do think your posted comment is ridiculously brain-dead (no pun intended).

      • John

        September 3, 2023 at 12:52 pm

        And youre just plain atupid
        The presiddent visoted with security in place w/o him having ro utter one lie. So basicly hes just too much a brave man willing to sacrifice the paople hard hit in order to show that hes a tough republican leader. He really a self centered arrogant a.. who cares absolutely nothing about the people of fl. Only his political image. To the trash with this selfish pos!

      • Rick Whitaker

        September 3, 2023 at 3:58 pm

        come on get real and be honest, oh you forgot how huh haters sure do love hating don’t they. your’e the right guy to say that to right. let’s see, you hate biden, harris, and i guess, many , many other fine honest people. put a little salt on that hate, it makes it taste better. what a loser.

  • Florida is better than this

    September 2, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Any American state governor should never disrespect the American president by not at least greeting him upon arrival or sometime during his visit, especially one of this nature.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 3, 2023 at 4:01 pm

      obviously, desantistan is not better than that. impeach desantis, then you can say that.

    • Betty Green

      September 3, 2023 at 11:00 pm

      Your so right! Our Governor has NO manners! Not smart if he wants to be President. He is not a Leader.

      • Robert

        September 4, 2023 at 10:30 am

        He is the best Governor of any State. He tales care of the people of Flood.

        • Veraa

          September 4, 2023 at 2:07 pm

          Are you serious right now!!! He doesn’t give a flying flip about anyone in Fl.
          So, let me ask all of you who voted for him as Gov., ‘how do you like him now’?

  • Richard Russell

    September 2, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    What did the mumbler in chief say in Florida? Did he promise to send $700 to each Idalia victim, as long as Congress will approve his Bidenista budget containing Billions for his green energy company executives and Billions to Hunter’s associates in Ukraine.
    Biden is the most corrupt POS that ever popped out of a womb. On another subject: kudos to Coach Tuberville for standing up to Biden and the Dems on approving the Woke military Leaders. Tommy has more integrity and balls than any other GOP Senator and should replace Xi’s buddy’s daughter’s husband: McConnell as Minority Leader of the Senate!

    • Ocean Joe

      September 2, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      Has Coach figured out what the 3 branches of government are, yet?

      • Petlover

        September 2, 2023 at 7:32 pm

        Come on is this how you research your homework?
        Bet you can’t even get your GED.

    • Petlover

      September 2, 2023 at 7:33 pm

      So you think Biden is corrupt? Then Trump must be king of the little hands mafia.

    • WhatNow

      September 3, 2023 at 2:36 am

      – Sieg Heil, Führer! And be sure to reinstate legal importation of non-white slaves while you’re at it!

    • WhatNow

      September 3, 2023 at 2:38 am

      – Hail to der Führer, and be sure to reinstate legal importation of non-white slaves while you’re at it!

    • Nan G

      September 3, 2023 at 12:14 pm

      Are you really that dumb?

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 3, 2023 at 4:03 pm

      are you a cult member? you sure sound like one. what a loser

  • Aggie

    September 2, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    DeSantis tries to pretend that petty petulance is strength. He’s begging for federal relief, then turns around and tries to snub the perdon he has to rely on? How stupid and childish is that? Of course Biden will be the bigger man and support Floridians despite their a-hole governor because it’s the right thing to do. I can imagine if the tables were turned, DeSantis would try to punish any governor that treated him this way. Yet another example of how unfit he is to serve in any leadership position.

    • rose dykes

      September 3, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      The wright thing to do Biden The Ukraine pull out? The border. Please let’s pray for our world we need GOD FAITH AND SOMEONE ELSE TO HELP US NOT BIDEN OR VP ALL NEW 🙏❤️😇🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

      • Rick Whitaker

        September 3, 2023 at 4:06 pm

        jesus freak, right. i thought so. anybody that goes by a 2000 year old lie, will believe anything. what a loser.

  • Michael K

    September 2, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you, President Biden for staying on the high road, and for the federal support.

    Florida apologizes for the rudeness of our governor. We’re embarrassed by this pathetic little man – a sniveling coward who lacks the courage to rise above petty self-interest.

    Imagine if the roles were reversed? Ron showed his cards when he voted against Hurricane Sandy aid. Well, America is seeing exactly who Ron is, and what little he has to offer. And America is saying “no thanks.”

  • Raymond Jackson

    September 2, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    I’m disappointed that he would do something like that, but he will regret this later. It hurts me so bad that the people would support this culture and call themselves that they Christians

  • PeterH

    September 2, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    Trust me …. If Clarence Thomas arrived in Florida to witness the hurricane damage…. Ron DeSantis would have invited Thomas over for lunch.

  • Wick

    September 2, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    How can you respect any politician today ,they are in Washington for their own agenda or are corrupt to the core,or just for power but not for the American people

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 3, 2023 at 4:13 pm

      are you including bernie sanders? don’t gripe and whine, just run for office if you think you can do better. you sound like a monday morning quarterback

      • Diane

        September 3, 2023 at 6:14 pm

        You need to find another way to spend your time. Obviously a very angry person

  • Jeff Lawson

    September 3, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Desantis is a child and just as insecure as the people he’s catering to that are isolationist worried their parenting skills are so inept their kids may rub against a gay person and catch the gay. Then have a sex change next week. Desantis will take credit later for having done such a good job for Floridians. And leave the part where it wouldn’t have happened without the President and Federal funds. Typical MAGA agenda.Bash them then take credit for their efforts. We have real issues coming like a freight train on the world stage. This juvenile MAGA cult business is going to cost us dearly if we don’t get some new leadership that’s focused on something other than social issues being sued to gaslight insecurities for political gain. And focusing on how to keep us the powerhouse we’ve been in past. Putin, Xi and Kim are winning in this MAGA environment. I really hope that somehow becomes clear and soon

  • Wfs

    September 3, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Nice to see Biden and Scott working together. United.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 3, 2023 at 4:15 pm

      it’s not just nice, it’s expected.

  • WiseOld1

    September 3, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Why would anyone want to vote for such hard-hardened person, and yet pride himself in saying he’s a Christian? God is all about LOVE! That’s the same thing Trump did – only to get Evangelicals votes. In Governor DeSantis not giving the President of the United States respect in meeting with him, which he deserved, is one of the most disrespectful things I’ve ever witnessed. DeSantis could ask for aid for your state, but couldn’t take just 30 minutes out of his schedule. There’s too much and too many ‘haters’ in this Country. Surely what DeSantis is doing shows no concerns about ‘the people’ in the Florida nor the country, but it’s evident that his main and only concern is, himself, DeSantis.’ And too, I can see why the ‘Old Ancient of Days’ is getting things lined up to close the door.

  • Bevelyn Ogden

    September 3, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    I think he’s a lousy Governor. He is negative towards Black people and refuse to shake their hand. He ‘s worse than Trump ever was. If it was up to him Black people would be back in Slavery. The only difference is he forgot there is a God!

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