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Ron DeSantis Gives Perfect Response To Joe Biden’s Dismissive ‘Governor Who?’

Ron DeSantis Gives Perfect Response To Joe Biden’s Dismissive ‘Governor Who?’

“Well, I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is what else has he forgotten?” DeSantis quipped about President Biden pretending not to remember him by saying “Governor who?” when asked about the Florida Governor.

President Biden found out the hard way Friday that it’s not a good idea to taunt Gov. Ron DeSantis after the Florida Governor responded accordingly to comments Biden made about him the previous day.

Though the two have been engaging in a war of words the last several weeks over a number of issues including Biden and White House press secretary Jen Psaki continuing to blame him and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for the rise in coronavirus case numbers in their respective states, Biden made the mistake of poking the bear Thursday when he was asked about DeSantis saying that he would stand in the way of federal government overreach in Florida.

Here’s how the exchange went down between Biden and NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell:

“What is your response to Gov. DeSantis, who is using your words about ‘don’t be in the way’ and he’s saying ‘I am in the way, to block too much interference from the federal government.’ Your response, Mr. President?” O’Donnell inquired.

“Governor who?” Biden responded as people, possibly other reporters, could be heard laughing in the background. “That’s my response.”

Watch the clip below. Starts at 25 seconds in:

As I wrote in response to Biden’s jab, for a guy like DeSantis who routinely eats his political opposition for breakfast and then goes on later in the day to dunk the left-wing partisans in the press without breaking a sweat, hearing Biden even jokingly refer to him as “Governor who?” was likely the equivalent of waving a red flag in front of a bull whose nostrils are flaring, and who is ready to strike the aging matador who thinks it’s a good idea to tease him.

Sure enough, the next day DeSantis came out swinging when he was asked about Biden’s “Governor who?” quip:

Reporter: Do you have a comment about the comment that President Biden made recently?

Gov. DeSantis: Well, I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is what else has he forgotten? Biden’s forgotten about the crisis at our southern border, I can tell you that. Biden has forgotten about the inflation that’s biting the budgets of families all throughout our country. Biden has forgotten about the demonstrators who are fighting for freedom down in Cuba. Biden’s even forgotten about the Constitution itself as we saw with what he did with this moratorium.

And I can just tell you I’m the Governor who protects parents in their ability to make the right choices for their kids’ education. I’m the Governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down. I’m the Governor who answers to the people of Florida not to bureaucrats in Washington.


While it’s way too early to declare intentions to challenge Biden (or Vice President Harris?) in 2024, DeSantis is sending out strong signals that he intends to do just that. If you’ll notice, he often doesn’t just refer to Florida when he’s talking about how an issue impacts people. He also refers to the country. He also talks about issues of national import, like the border crisis, which impacts states like Texas, Arizona, etc. far more than it does Florida.

DeSantis still has to get through the 2022 gubernatorial race, but assuming he does, he’ll be well-positioned to be a viable contender for the GOP nomination. He’s popular with the party’s base and from the reactions I’ve seen he continues to hit all the right notes, especially when under attack by Democrats and the mainstream media.

With that in mind, if Biden’s smart (and that’s highly debatable) he’ll want to be careful in how much he goes after DeSantis in the coming months, because the more he does the more he elevates his profile on a national stage, giving him free publicity along the way. It’s the kind of thing that can backfire rather spectacularly if one is not careful, which is exactly what happened this week when Biden made the mistake of being dismissive of who DeSantis is.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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Uninspired and stupid. Just go with neener neener if you can’t do quips.

    Colonel Travis in reply to rhhardin. | August 7, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    1.) Follow your own advice because that wasn’t good.
    2.) I don’t know anyone who’s looking for President Oscar Wilde.

      rhhardin in reply to Colonel Travis. | August 8, 2021 at 8:22 am

      “Biden apparently thinks I’m one of his sexual abuse victims.”

      Knocked the heck out of that strawman (knocking down the strawman idea of “President Oscar Wilde,” when last we heard, people only asked for a president who was of sound mind and character.)

      Nope, no professional wordsmiths needed. But a pro-American who is not suffering from dementia would be good.,

Biteme was not hurling a verbal salvo. I don’t think he knew. Period.
In a war of wits, he is out of ammo.

“ With that in mind, if Biden’s smart (and that’s highly debatable) ”

He’s a smart politician though. I can’t stand him, his politicizes, his mendacity, or his corruption – but underestimate at your own risk.

He’s never lost an election against Republicans. And done untold damage as a result.

    gonzotx in reply to PrincetonAl. | August 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    He lost to President Trump

    We ALL know that it was stolen

    UserP in reply to PrincetonAl. | August 7, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    “He’s a smart politician though. I can’t stand him, his politicizes, his mendacity, or his corruption – but underestimate at your own risk.”

    Your comments apply to the time before he acquired dementia. In his present conditon Biden has no policies of his own, no deliberate mendacity, no actual corruption. He is not mentally fit to hold office and someone else is clearly running the show.

    healthguyfsu in reply to PrincetonAl. | August 7, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    While I agree with your sentiment, Biden ran on a platform that has been completely falsified thus far in his term.

    Bipartisanship, Centrism, etc…..they’ve been all but forgotten unless there’s a chance for both parties aristocracies to grift.

    As much as I hate to admit it, the media’s plan to demoralize and fatigue would be Trump voters worked to an extent. The problem is that they billed Biden as a suitable centrist alternative and he has been anything but.

Slow Joe is stupid. He has been saying and doing stupid things for over 40 years. The dinosaur media, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat party, has been covering for him for decades. They started calling the glaring errors “gaffes”.

Now he has dementia, his family and party are committing elder abuse. Biden should be in assisted living a n his abusers in prison.

The idea that de Santis is doing a good job is laughable. Blame immigrants for spreading Covid fantastic what’s your policy on that we’ll nothing. No masks , poor vaccination implementation, poor messaging let people die . Fantastic.

    gonzotx in reply to mark311. | August 8, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Oh marky mark

    Did mommy pay your internet again this month?

    You are so dumb…

      vladdy in reply to gonzotx. | August 9, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Someone DOES still believe corporate media…or at least is paid to pretend he does. With 18% of Americans not believing it, he’s in a real small pity party there.

      On another note, sad that LI has fallen prey to the trolls . Have not been here for awhile–last time I was, it was a “clean” site. Moderators are doing a good job elsewhere, weeding out those who repeat fake news on conservative sites, in attempts to throw off the thread….and I hope the same happens here.

I honestly don’t know that the addle-brained Biden was making a joke. Is it so unlikely that the man who routinely forgets the name of his own Cabinet members doesn’t know who the governor of Florida is?

    hrhdhd in reply to Jingo. | August 8, 2021 at 5:05 am

    That was my thought.

    Media: blah blah Governor DeSantis
    Biden: Governor who?
    Media: tee hee hee
    Biden: (no, really, who?)

NY deaths per 100k – 280
Fl deaths per 100k – 184
US deaths per 100k – 187

fwiw, florida has one of the highest elderly populations

florida % over age 65 = 17.9%
NY % over age 65 = 12.9%