Joe Biden is going to work this Maui trip for all it is worth now.
He has taken some serious hits in the media for not visiting Maui sooner or even talking about it, so now Joe won't shut up about it.
To that point, on Thursday, Biden provided a tape-recorded message for "Good Morning America" stating, "Already from the darkness and the smoke and the ash -- we've seen the light of hope and strength."
I can only wonder how many takes it took him to get that message straight.
Biden also borrowed a line from his Ukraine stance, stating that the government would help the people of Maui for "as long as it takes," reported ABC News.
Heading to Maui
I still believe this trip would not have happened were it not for Jill Biden getting into Joe's ear.
I mean, let's face facts here, Joe does not exactly have his finger on the pulse of the country, and I believe when Jill saw all the pushback, she made the call that they needed to head to Hawaii, a Democrat stronghold.
Joe will likely take another weekend off in Delaware, then head to Maui on Monday after he checks in at the White House.
He is expected to meet with first responders and survivors, reported the Daily Mail.
And you better believe the survivor's group is going to be screened for Biden supporters only.
I have seen the statements to the media and the pushback on social media about this visit, with some residents telling Biden he took too long and to stay home rather than use their tragedy for a photo op.
So far, 111 people have been declared dead and I fear that is a fraction of what the death toll will be when we get a final count. God only knows how many bodies are located in that ash.