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Colorado political firepower gathers around President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on Arapahoe Circle in Louisville as the president tours Marshall fire damage and speaks to families who no longer have a home.
President Biden gives a woman a long hug as he tours the Harper Lake neighborhood in Louisville. More than 500 homes were lost in Louisville from the Dec. 30 Marshall fire, and Harper Lake was one of the hardest hit parts of the city.
The Bidens are on the street in the Harper Lake area of Louisville speaking to families who lost homes to the Marshall fire. All around the president and his wife are the charred remains of what used to be dozens of homes in this city east of Boulder.
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, along with some of Colorado’s congressional delegation, are now on the ground in Louisville. The president is speaking to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle and other local officials.
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The president and the first lady are expected in Louisville shortly. They will tour the damage from the Marshall fire and then the president is expected to deliver some remarks at the Louisville Recreation Center.
Pool video shows President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden landing at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield aboard Marine One. They are scheduled to head to Louisville by ground.
The president is expected to head to a neighborhood near Harper Lake in Louisville that was completely destroyed by the Marshall fire eight days ago.
The Bidens have boarded Marine One for the short flight to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield. There is some question as to whether they will do an aerial tour of the Marshall fire area before heading to Louisville and Superior by ground transport.
President Biden and Jill Biden have disembarked Air Force One, greeted by a large contingent of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation, including Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Jason Crow, and Rep. Joe Neguse. Gov. Jared Polis and Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera also greeted the Bidens. Now they will board the Marine One helicopter to fly to Broomfield.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are on the ground at DIA. They are expected to board Marine One and make their way to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, before heading to Louisville.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are expected to land at Denver International Aiport at any moment. Marine One and a quartet of Ospreys are awaiting the president and his contingent on the tarmac. Security is tight and coronavirus measures are already being put in place.
The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, is at DIA to greet the president, who will soon be headed northwest to Boulder County to survey damage from the Dec. 30 Marshall fire.
President Joe Biden will arrive in Colorado Friday to see for himself the devastating impact of the Marshall fire on hundreds of families in Superior, Louisville and unincorporated Boulder County. The blaze, whipped eastward across a bone-dry landscape by relentless hurricane-force winds for hours on Dec. 30, destroyed 1,084 homes and damaged another 149 in what is now seen as the state’s most destructive wildlife.
The fast-moving fire forced 30,000 people to evacuate, and officials found human remains while searching for two people still missing. It destroyed entire neighborhoods in Louisville and Superior as winds pushed flames from one home to the next, overwhelming firefighters’ best efforts to get an upper hand on the blaze.
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