A smiling Biden was greeted with a standing ovation and a “we love you, Joe” at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 in Dorchester as photographers clicked. A few union members wore “IBEW FOR JOE” t-shirts. A plastic bag full of buttons with Biden’s name on it lay on a table near the door.
“What you’re doing really makes a huge difference,” Biden told the room. “We need that 51st vote.”
The IBEW provided friendly territory to Biden. It is a few blocks from Labor Secretary Marty Walsh’s home in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The union hosted Vice President Kamala Harris for a roundtable on abortion access in August. Lou Antonellis, Local 103’s business manager, told reporters that “the president has already established himself as the most pro-worker, pro-worker president in the history of the United States.” He declined to answer questions about the president’s handling of the railroad strike.
While Biden enjoyed the glimmer of IBEW goodwill, Warnock’s phone bank was relatively brief. Members started making calls only about 45 minutes before the president entered the room. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who joined fellow Massachusetts Democratic senator Ed Markey, could be heard talking to someone who said he was in New York. The press was kicked out of the reception hall after the president took a few selfies and made a few calls. Minutes after he left, many dialers picked up boxes of leftover pizza and headed for the door.
Biden likely made up for that at a Democratic Senate Campaign Committee fundraiser — the original reason for his return to Massachusetts less than a week after leaving Nantucket — with Warren and Markey at a private residence in the expensive neighborhood. from Beacon Hill to Boston where he reiterated the need for Democrats to gain the upper hand in the Senate which is currently split 50-50.
Biden does not plan to travel to Georgia until Tuesday. Instead, campaigning for Warnock some 1,000 miles away, the President is continuing his successful medium-term strategy of helping from a distance. Biden aides told The Associated Press that Warnock’s campaign requested the trip to Boston. And deep-pocketed Massachusetts is as good a place as any to help replenish the coffers of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm drained by pouring millions into the Warnock election runoff against Republican Herschel Walker.
Still, Biden drew the most attention on Friday for meeting the Prince of Wales at the John F. Kennedy Library for a mostly private meeting in which the two enjoyed the “spectacular” view of the row. horizon and shared “warm memories” of the late Queen Elizabeth. II, according to pool reports.
The two also share an affinity for the late president. The British royal family concluded a three-day tour of Boston on Friday that culminated in the presentation of the Earthshot Climate Innovator Award – an initiative named after Kennedy’s famous “moonshot” speech. Biden delivered remarks on his administration’s cancer initiative of the same name during a visit to the library in September.