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President Biden Visits Families Affected by Colorado Wildfires

by Allison Hambrick
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President Biden, along with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, visited the areas affected by the Colorado wildfires this week, where he comforted the victims. The wildfire consumed thousands of homes, resulting in Governor Jared Polis issuing a state of emergency.

The President gave his sympathies to the Louisville, CO victims in person, and saw firsthand how the town was reduced to cinders.

“We lost everything,” one victim told Biden and his wife, according to Yahoo! News. “I’m not even properly dressed because this is all I have,” he said, pointing out his shorts. His son then added, “We definitely need help.”

After shaking hands with each member of the Louisville Fire Department, Biden presented each of them with a ceremonial coin. Dr. Biden also comforted the victims, giving a hug to a woman who shyly asked for one.

“There’s nothing so frightening, in my view [as fire],” said President Biden. “I can’t imagine what it’s like to be here in this neighborhood and see winds whipping up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) an hour and see flames approaching.”

Despite the devastation, folks in the area remain hopeful, “We’ll get through this,” one person said.

Biden’s observation of the wildfires led to him addressing the topic of climate change. The President says that “more land has burned in the United States… than make up the entire, in terms of total acreage, as the entire state of New Jersey.”

“The situation is a blinking code red for our nation,” the president added. He attributed the fires to unusual weather conditions such as high winds and the lack of snow. His view is that these symptoms of climate change made the area “a tinder box.”

“We can’t ignore the reality that these fires are being supercharged, they’re being supercharged,” said Biden. The President then said addressed the victims directly. He said that the most common question he received from the devastated families was heartbreaking: “What do we do now?”

“Well, hang on to one another,” Biden responded. “That’s the way. Find purpose in what you’ve been through.”

In early December, President Biden also flew to Kentucky in order to comfort survivors of another natural disaster. There, tornadoes killed dozens and left destruction that Biden described as “almost beyond belief.”