BLUE HILL – Dr. Jill Biden made a stop in Blue Hill on Friday, where she spent time speaking with lobstermen and touring a boat.
“Not very often, a lobster fisherman from Maine gets to have a potential first lady come aboard their boat,” said Phil Black, a lobsterman in Blue Hill.
The former Second Lady and wife of democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had conversations with several attendees.
“I had a chance to speak to Dr. Biden about why we fish, that it’s not just what we do to feed our families, but it’s a way of life,” said Julie Eaton, a lobsterman in Deer Isle and Stonington.
Black said Biden was very interested and asked a lot of questions about the lobster industry.
“I showed her how we care for the lobsters, how we measure, band them, and I explained to her how we keep them alive in a tank,” Black said.
The lobstermen discussed how attention is needed regarding the issue with right whales.
“We just need to have representation on committees that will help the entire industry,” said Virginia Olsen, a lobsterman in Stonington. “If we can get both of the campaigns working on this issue, then it’s gonna benefit all the fishermen.”
Dennis Robertson, the harbor master for the Blue Hill Fire Department, also had an opportunity to speak to Biden.
“I think that it’s a distinct honor to have her in the town and seeing her visiting with others, especially the lobster community.”
Crowds lined the streets in Blue Hill to greet Biden.
“I do hope that Joe Biden is our next president,” Eaton said. “I think that he will restore class and honesty and integrity.”
The lobstermen say they hope to see the Bidens visit once again.