President Biden spent ten hours on a train to make his surprise trip to Ukraine

One year ago, Russian forces invaded Ukraine. Ukrainians refused to surrender, supplicate or capitulate. They fought back, they dug in, they went to war and sought allies. The EU is on Ukraine’s side. NATO is on Ukraine’s side. President Biden is on Ukraine’s side. On Monday, Presidents Day, Joe Biden turned up in Kyiv and did a series of photo-ops with President Zelenskyy, including a walk outside as air-raid sirens blared.

So, I actually believed that Dark Brandon and the Secret Service had found a way to land Air Force One in or around Kyiv, but it turns out that Dark Brandon actually took a nine-and-a-half-hour train ride into Ukraine’s capital. That’s so… Joe Biden. The man LOVES his trains. Apparently, this is the first time a sitting president has visited a war zone not controlled by American troops. Biden and his team planned this for months, even though his security was telling him not to go. But he saw other world leaders making the journey and that man said “it’s happening, kiddo.” Apparently, Vladimir Putin and his people were super-salty about it. Biden humiliated them by managing to get into Kyiv to do this.

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  1. Jais says:

    Well if it pissed Putin off, then good. Secretly taking a train into Kyiv is badass.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Indeed it is and am sure if the GOP had known it would have gotten ‘leaked’ to the Russians. Least we know he has security around him he can trust.

  2. K says:

    Thank you Mr President. Joe Biden is not scared. My heart is with the brave people of Ukraine and the frankly astonishing President Zelensky. The world needs more like him.

  3. Amy T says:

    And on President’s Day in the US and the Remembrance Day for Ukraine’s Heavenly Hundred, killed during the Maidan Revolution in 2014 by then-president Victor Yanukovych, who was basically a Russian lackey.

    • Barb Mill says:

      The significance of the day was astonishing and a great show of respect to the Ukrainian people. I’m sure many Americans are not aware of this history. Especially the part the about American Paul Manafort who helped President Viktor Yanukovych(supported by Russia) into power in 2006.
      President Biden has certainly exceeded my expectation as President and will be recorded as one of the best in the history books for his fight for Democracy.

      • Flowerlake says:


        He’s doing a lot of good stuff that the media don’t talk much about because it’s not clickbait.

  4. Lala11_7 says:


    The gasp I gave…SHOOK MY SOUL! Because I KNOW what is at stake & Putin et al scares me like Satan! So PROUD OF THIS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION 💙🩵💙

    • Looty says:

      You have described my reaction so much better than I ever could. I was speechless.

    • FHMom says:

      Un-effing-believable has been my response every time I think about it. In-effing-believable.

    • Giddy says:

      I had such a mixture of fear for him and pride in him! We know we can depend on Biden and the Ukrainians know it too.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Amen! I’ve loved Joe Biden from the beginning, but this was truly an astonishing act of bravery and solidarity with people fighting to save democracy. What a good man.

  5. C-Shell says:

    This was master class level in every way. Months-long planning with ZERO leaks, flying in an unmarked plane out of Andrews, the Biden signature arrival by train on Presidents’ Day no less (a day before Putin’s weak sauce speech), walking boldly around Kyiv in broad daylight while air raid sirens peel, signing another big grant of military support to the intrepid Ukrainians, poking Putin straight in the eye in speech and deed. Meanwhile, MTG (Homeland Security Committee member) is out and about saying that we need to start another Civil War here. The Repugs have an insurmountable problem on their hands, and Dark Brandon is kicking their ass every day.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      ^^^ All of this. Dark Brandon stays winning.

    • Flowerlake says:

      Speaking of Putin’s speech about the West being Nazis etc.

      Probably he forgot that the USSR made a pact with the Nazis and freaking attacked Poland from the other side as the Nazis invaded.
      Nazis only became a problem to them when they wanted to go further east.

  6. Maeve says:

    The head of Ukraine’s railways is in Twitter (@AKamyshin) and is well worth a follow. He was so happy his “Iron People” got to transport the President on “Rail Force One”

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Hahaha – I loved how he tagged Amtrak with a popcorn emoji!

    • Abby says:

      That was delightful. Every bit of it. I love the logo for “Rail Force One” that looks like Top Gun. So cute.

    • LightPurple says:

      I follow him and he is definitely worth a follow. The work they have been doing for the past year is amazing.

      And he apologized to the Ukrainian people that only 90% of the trains were on time yesterday because they had to divert some to accommodate the Biden trip.

      • Maeve says:

        I loved that! He was so happy a couple of weeks ago when they were over 97% on time! Pretty much every other rail operator dreams of figures like that!

    • JD says:

      Total badass move. He is a legend. And Biden wasn’t even wearing velvet slippers with trains on them… as much as he loves trains.

    • TwinFalls says:

      Omg RailForce One – I love it. I love Dark Brandon. Way to go Joe, Mr President, sir.

    • Oh-Dear says:

      If you have a chance, David Letterman’s episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction (or something like that) with Zelensky is great – they interview the head of the train system who had the job for a few months and had zero training. He is charming.
      The whole interview is done in a train station for safety.

  7. Miranda says:

    BBC News spoke briefly to a few Kyiv residents, they seemed genuinely grateful and heartened by Biden’s visit. Seems it was definitely good for Ukrainian morale!

    I am SO not a patriotic person, but the way the US has stepped up for Ukraine has made me so proud of my country for the first time in ages. And so proud of the amazingly badass Ukrainian people as well, their courage is incredibly inspiring.

    • Flowerlake says:

      I’m not American, but am also proud of my country for doing the same. As I am of so many countries coming together for this and for helping the earthquake victims in Turkiye and Syria.

      Lots of good people around.

      And Biden is a badass. Great job, USA!

  8. Abby says:

    When I first saw this story I gasped. I am so glad none of us knew he was going over there till it was done. When I saw that he took a TEN HOUR TRAIN RIDE I am again glad they did such a good job keeping it secret. BE SAFE PRESIDENT BIDEN!

    After my initial reaction, I am nothing but proud he’s our president. This was a very brave thing to do, and I hope it was an encouragement to Ukrainian people. I hope they’re able to keep fighting this war and keep their freedom. I am proud that the US has been aiding Ukraine, even when I’m not always proud of things the US does.

    • LarkspurLM says:

      Same, Abby, same! I GASPED!! And then shed a few tears of joy and worry. F’in JOE BIDEN our president, made a TEN HOUR TRAIN RIDE!! Of course he did and I can’t wait to hear more details about how they accomplished this. Check out the photographer and pool reporter documentation about the trip on twitter. GO JOE AND YAY USA/UKRAINE!

  9. Nicegirl says:

    I love 💕 this so much. Thank you Biden Harris administration. 🇺🇸 I’m stoked on Dark Brandon NGL 🔥 can’t fight it

    🇺🇦 💗

  10. LightPurple says:

    President Dark Brandon is BADASS.

  11. Becks1 says:

    I am just so happy he’s our president. I love that he said “I want to do this, this is the right thing, make it happen” and it happened (with a train ride no less!) and zero leaks.

    And I LOVE that Putin is salty over it.

  12. OriginalLeigh says:

    Russia was actually made aware of the visit in advance, for security reasons, which makes sense. I’m really glad “Amtrak Joe” made the trip.

  13. OldLady says:

    Just here to express my enthusiasm for trains as well. Brilliant form of transport that we should be investing in more. Love to take the train.

  14. North of Boston says:

    Love this for SO many reasons!

    Also, I love that Dark Brandon dressed like it was just another day in his work as POTUS, in a serious suit, no cosplaying a military dude for fun.

    Just Joe, in the same blue suit he wears to sign stuff in the Oval Office, or to make the SOTU address in Congress. He’s doing the job wherever it takes him, wherever he needs to be.

    • Lightpurple says:

      An impeccably tailored, serious suit that shows he has style and is remarkably fit for a man of any age, never mind an octogenarian.

  15. Mireille says:

    Wait Dark Brandon didn’t just drive up to Kyiv in the Batmobile…er, sorry, I meant The Beast…no, actually, I was right the first time, the Batmobile? So relieved he’s safe.

  16. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Dark Brandon needs a metal theme song!!!

  17. Giddy says:

    Biden and Zelenskyy are two truly good men; the right men at the right time. Thank God.

  18. Dee Kay says:

    I am so happy and excited and proud that POTUS made this trip and showed solidarity with Zelensky and Ukraine in such a strong way. I hope our country continues to support Ukraine and increases what we are giving them over time — like Biden said, we need to do whatever it takes to stop Russian expansionism right there. I mean, Russian expansionism has already taken over many political parties in the world, including our GOP, through disinfo, bribery, and kompromat, so we need to fight it here too. But Ukraine is fighting it with open war and we desperately need them to win.

  19. Lady D says:

    This story gives me so much joy. The bravery President Biden showed and the hope/joy he gave the Ukrainian people makes me want to cry. Like millions of you, I am still dealing with the scars Trump and his ilk left. This train trip is a balm for the soul.

  20. Flowerlake says:

    trains are great and good for the environment.

    Sad that they’re not nearly as important in the USA as they used to be. Wouldn’t surprise me if that’s because of the oil and/or car lobby.

    • North of Boston says:

      The Koch brothers and their crew, parachuting in dollars and operatives at every hint there is an energy conscious, environmentally conscious effort going on anywhere

      They astroturf the ish out of local platforms, media to drown out grassroots efforts, local policies etc. they are (well there is only one still alive IIRC) doing whatever they can to keep the entire county dependent on big oil because they are selfish, greedy and evil with no cares about human suffering or destroying the planet

      Glad Joe backs the other side whenever possible

  21. Well Wisher says:

    Leaders lead by example. It was imperative that President Biden to be there, so he did.

  22. JustChelle says:

    Dark Brandon strikes again – I’m so proud that he’s my President. (The orange pustule can only dream of being so brave).

  23. HeyKay says:

    In a decent world, Putin should drop over in the street ASAP.
    You’d think someone on his team would figure out how to
    “Do him in.” (My Fair Lady reference)
    I’m assuming he has a ton of #2. men that feel like “I should be running the show”

    Honestly, I give Biden and his security team a ton of credit, this was a risky move.

  24. j.ferber says:

    Dark Brandon all day, every day for now, for 2024 and forever. And Ukraine, keep on fighting! You are an inspiration to the world.

  25. Rise & Shine says:

    So, so happy with this. President Biden and this Administration is accomplishing so much. A much needed change and a beautiful thing. Love to the people of Ukraine, hearts and hope are with you and to all there. Love to my CB friends too, hope you are all doing okay.

  26. Jamie says:

    There is no way in hell this was a ‘surprise’ visit. Logistically people for the President and people from the Ukraine knew he was coming. Let’s not be this naive. There just wasn’t a press release about it.

    • Mcgee says:

      Tightly controlled foreknowledge of a VIP visit in that context IS considered a surprise visit.

      In the same way a surprise party isn’t a surprise to everyone, just some.