On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence brought a message of hope to Texans who are beginning the painful process of rebuilding communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey. While Pence did many things that one would expect of a politician responding to a natural disaster — giving speeches, shaking hands — he did a whole lot more than that, rolling up his sleeves, putting on the work gloves, and working alongside volunteers in the blistering heat to start clearing debris.
Bloomberg News’ Jennifer Jacobs captured some images of Pence working in the “roasting hot” conditions:
Sweat dripped off Pence’s face as he helped Texas’s Greg Abbott haul tree debris, both in blue work gloves. No coastal breeze, roasting hot. pic.twitter.com/OjhpoGza8b
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 31, 2017
In his statement to the 150 or so volunteers in Rockport, Pence promised that the administration would be there “every step until we bring Southeast Texas back bigger and better than ever before.”
The U.S people will stand w/ you every day until this city, state & region rebuild bigger & better than ever before. https://t.co/mxtQi8uMlf
— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 31, 2017
The Dallas Morning News, which clearly wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s trips to Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, couldn’t help but praise Pence for having “donned work gloves to haul debris, and issued hug after hug on a tour of storm damage.”