Biden: 'How Do I Cross a Bridge in a Snowstorm?'

By Susan Jones | November 17, 2021 | 7:51am EST
President Joe Biden speaks on infrastructure at the NH 175 bridge over the Pemigewasset River in Woodstock, New Hampshire on November 16, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks on infrastructure at the NH 175 bridge over the Pemigewasset River in Woodstock, New Hampshire on November 16, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden went to New Hampshire on Tuesday to promote the $1.2-trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which he signed with great fanfare on Monday.

Standing before an old and disintegrating bridge in Woodstock, N.H., Biden tried to explain how "everything in this bill matters to individual lives of real people."

"This is not something abstract," Biden said:

This isn't esoteric. This isn't some gigantic bill -- it is, but it's about what happens to ordinary people, conversations around those kitchen tables that are both profound as they are ordinary.

How do I cross a bridge in a snowstorm? What happened -- no, I -- think about it, you know, you're in a situation, what happens if the bridge collapses, and there's a fire on the other side? It's going to take 10 miles longer to get to the fire. People could die.

I mean this is real, this is real stuff. What does it mean if a school bus or water treatment trucks or logging trucks can't cross? It means jobs, it means time, it means energy.

More broadly, how do we emerge from this pandemic, not just with a little breathing room but a real fighting chance to get ahead? They are the things that take place on the kitchen tables where I grew up and where all of you or where everybody's living.

Biden, for the umpteenth time, mentioned his former commute on Amtrak between his home in Delaware and his Senate office in Washington: "And I'd ride home, and I'd look out the window, that's the God's truth, just outside of Washington, I go through a long stretch of residential neighborhood, and I could see the lights on in the kitchens and in the dining room, and I wondered what is it that -- what are they talking about, what are they thinking about?"

Biden told the people gathered in the cold, "Your life is going to change for the better, and that's literal." He said the bridge behind him "may not seem like a big bridge, but it saves lives and solves problems."

MRC Store