Ron and Casey DeSantis talk Christmas decorations, teleprompters and scooter mishaps in Iowa

DeSantis Ron Casey via campaign
The First Couple shared personal anecdotes in Iowa Friday.

Florida’s First Couple is back on the campaign trail, where they’re talking about some of the positives and problems of being Governor and in politics more generally.

Among the positives for Ron DeSantis and Casey DeSantis: They don’t have to worry about decorating the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee. But other logistical issues abound.

“We’re fortunate enough to live in the Governor’s residence in Tallahassee. And so one of the perks of that is Thanksgiving comes, it goes and all of a sudden the house is decorated with all the Christmas stuff, the trees get put up and that saves a lot of work. So that’s a huge perk,” the Governor related.

But a problem is that there are a few “different rooms in kind of the public side of the Governor’s mansion that they put a tree up in. And so our kids every year will pick which room Santa is supposed to go in and leave the presents.”

This forces questions such as “OK, where are we going to send Santa?” and “Which tree are we going to do?”

“And I’m negotiating with them on that because I kind of just want them to do it in the main room. It makes it easier for everybody, but they’re not, they’re not sold on that. So we’ll see, it may be a game time decision.”

Among the tougher issues to deal with, meanwhile, were teleprompters, particularly during inauguration speeches.

During his first speech in 2019, he noted that there were two teleprompters, with one “right in the sun” and the other one “halfway cut off.”

Little did he know then that when he delivered his second inaugural earlier this year, tech issues would still abound.

“The one teleprompter fell down was out of commission and then they put a microphone right in the center of the podium so that the remarks couldn’t even fit onto the thing. So like the remarks are halfway off. I got no teleprompter there and I’m just kind of trying to wing it and it was fine,” the Governor said.

First Lady Casey DeSantis meanwhile shared a story about how during the 2012 campaign, her penchant to use scooters for door knocking came with a cost on Election Day — presumably, for the August Primary for the Governor’s eventual congressional seat.

She noted her habit of leaving the “very heavy” in her car, charging it at night by just streaming “the cable out the window into the outlet so (she didn’t have to take it in and out of the back of the car.”

“Well, the day of the election, I was so nervous that I forgot that it was plugged into the wall and I throw my car into reverse and I’m coming out of the garage and all of a sudden I ripped the thing out of the wall, not just out of the plug, like the wall came apart, which was not great, and it starts sparking and it’s hitting the side of the car. I’m like ‘Ron, help, what do we do?'”

A.G. Gancarski

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


13 comments

  • Michael K

    December 8, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Did they talk about moms for liberty and three ways ?

  • Rude Eye

    December 8, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    She forgot to mention that because of inflation she now has to take the outgrown $2 t-shirts and rips them into little strips to use as garland on all those Christmas trees.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    December 8, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    You actually get people to pay you for posting that cringy dog shit .

    • rick whitaker

      December 9, 2023 at 10:22 pm

      thomas kaspar, are you a bot? your comments sound like a broken record.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's Un-Official Campaign Manager" American

    December 9, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Good mornting America,
    STAND BY FOR NEWS!!!!
    This reporting is timely and just what America and the lesser nations of the world has been needing.
    The world Has A Right To Know how the White House will be decorated by Ron & Casey for the next EIGHT STRAIGHT years.
    America bends it’s knee to our Beloved Host, F. P. for providing this great and timely article of such seasonal importance.
    Thank you Peter and thank you A. G.

    • rick whitaker

      December 9, 2023 at 11:39 am

      CAUTION ⚠ TROLL COMMENT BY EARL THE FOOL

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 9, 2023 at 8:05 am

    Casey Desantis was a tv newscaster in Jacksonville. She got tired or distracted or didn’t care and looked at the camera and said “Yada Yada Yada. “. Channel 4 news cameras cut away! This is a pathetic woman. Not cause she is stupid. Not cause she is pretty. But just because other folks and their problems are BORING to Mrs Desantis! Desantis the husband is just like her. Lol lol

    • Margaret Chrisawn

      December 9, 2023 at 10:20 am

      Tacky-O is ignorant. Read the article where she urges all those “Moms and Grandmas” across the country who support her husband, FloriDumb’s Fat Little Fascist, to come to Iowa and participate in the caucuses. The Iowa GOP had to issue a reminder that only Iowans could participate in the caucuses with proper photo ID.

      She isn’t pretty. More like a plastic Barbie knock-off trying so hard to look like Jackie Kennedy and failing miserably.

      Her indifference to anyone who can’t help her and her husband reach the White House is irrelevant. She’s demonstrated continually that she can’t connect with people, identify with them, or share a shred of empathy, just like her husband.

      I believe most Americans have seen that these two are hollow people on all levels, made worse by a dangerously autocratic, repressive ideology. Fortunately, the only way they will ever get to the White House is via a VIP guided tour some political friend paid for.

      • rick whitaker

        December 9, 2023 at 10:27 am

        margaret, you spoke well. as you inferred, they deserve each other.

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 9, 2023 at 10:29 am

    One teleprompter in the sun, the other half broke, way back in 2019?

    Rhonda’s own tech team obviously hated him as far back as, at least, 2019.

    Rhonda to this day has no clue people do these things intentionally due entirely to Rhonda.

  • Michael K

    December 9, 2023 at 11:29 am

    At first, I thought the sentence read: “Christmas deportations.” That seems more like the DeSanti.

  • DEBRA

    December 9, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    They are crass and unsophisticated. Let the staff decorate the mansion for the children. The children have worked hard this year on the campaign trail. Hopefully, their school skills weren’t neglected bc Casey and Ron always come first. I ache for those children bc the campaign trail came first and their little faces were pawns.

    • rick whitaker

      December 9, 2023 at 8:03 pm

      debra, i think you’re saying the desantis’ are scum, if so, i agree.

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