‘No Joe. You’re Mr. President’: Maryland Rep. Hoyer welcomes President Biden at the Capitol

Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer was among the Congressional leaders welcoming newly inaugurated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as part of Wednesday’s ceremonies, and shared in a memorable moment.

As Hoyer presented Biden and Harris with framed images of their swearing-in ceremonies, he turned to Biden, addressing him as “Mr. President.”


Biden responded inaudibly, and Hoyer said: “No Joe. You’re Mr. President.”

“He makes me call him that, too,” first lady Jill Biden joked.


Then, Hoyer quipped that their marriage is “about to get rocky.”

As part of his brief speech, Hoyer, the House majority leader, said he was “proud” and “ecstatic” to mark Biden’s inauguration. He shared an excerpt from “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a poem written by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson and later set to music. The tune is often called “the Black national anthem.”

“Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on ‘til victory is won,” quoted Hoyer, a Democrat who represents Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties, as well as parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

Hoyer brought Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis with him to attend Wednesday’s ceremony.

“Maryland proudly cast its ten electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and Ms. Lewis will be representing the thousands of Marylanders who engaged personally in the democratic process over the last year to bring change to our nation,” Hoyer wrote in a statement.