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Roker, Biden exchange fist bumps along inauguration route

President and weatherman reconnect during parade
Al Roker, Joe Biden exchange fist bumps along inauguration parade route.
Posted at 7:55 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 09:02:16-05

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — It was the fist bump that resonated throughout the inauguration.

President Joe Biden veered from his parade route to exchange fist bumps with Today Show weatherman Al Roker during the parade after his inauguration on Wednesday.

It was a reprise of their previous parade-side interview during the 2009 inauguration.

"We got to keep doing this," Biden told Roker. "Good to see you. It feels great."

Roker sat in cold temperatures several hours along the parade route until catching the attention of Biden and his wife, Jill.

"It's a pretty nice feeling," Roker said. "This is a man who waited 50 years, first elected in 1970 to a county official job and now here he is as the leader of the free world. That's what America is all about. It's pretty exciting."

When congratulated by NBC inauguration host Savannah Guthrie that Biden made time for him, Roker said the fist bump represented something much larger.

"He's making time for America," Roker said.

The meeting was blowing up on social media and continued to throughout the day.