President Joe Biden said it’s “kind of a Philly thing” to always be right, especially when it comes to “Philly girl” and first lady Jill Biden.
While picking up lunch at Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday, the Scranton native learned one of the staff members was from Fishtown, which he described as “overwhelmingly Irish.”
“In Philadelphia, you can identify the neighborhood based on who lives in the neighborhood,” Biden said. “Fishtown is a neat place.”
Biden, himself a big Eagles fan who was on the field to celebrate the team’s 2018 Super Bowl victory, quickly turned the topic over to Philadelphia sports.
“Philadelphia fans are the most informed and most obnoxious fans in the world,” Biden said. “They know everything, know what I mean?”
That was a nod to the first lady, who grew up in Willow Grove and happens to be a rabid sports fan, especially when it comes to the Phillies. She once left the 2008 campaign early to watch the team defeat the Tampa Bay Rays and earn its second World Series championship.
In response to the president’s comments, Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s press secretary, tweeted Jill Biden’s response: “He knows me well.”
“I was there in 2008 when the Phillies won, and I was there in 2018 when the Eagles won the Super Bowl, so I’ve been with the Philadelphia teams since I was a young girl,” Jill Biden told The Inquirer just before the 2020 election.
During the campaign, Biden appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! sporting a Phillies cap on what would have been baseball’s opening day. Biden conceded the hat may not be the best way to win votes but was necessary to remain in his wife’s good graces.
“I never disagree with my wife, she’s always right,” Biden told staffers at the restaurant Wednesday. “That’s smart, right? Kind of a Philly thing.”