‘He’s doing a hell of a job’: Biden leaves message for Marty Walsh’s mom in Mother’s Day video

"Hi ma, how are ya?"

Moms want to know if their kids are doing well, and an endorsement from the president probably goes a long way.

President Joe Biden’s social media accounts shared a short Mother’s Day video Sunday evening, where Biden and former Boston mayor Marty Walsh leave a voicemail message for Walsh’s mom. Walsh became Biden’s secretary of labor in March.

“Hey mom, it’s Joe Biden, I’m standing in the Oval Office with a guy who says that he’s your son. He’s the secretary of labor, I’m just calling to check whether that’s true,” Biden joked in the message. (Mary apparently didn’t pick up the phone.)


The two greeted Mary — “Hi ma, how are ya?” said Walsh in his familiar accent — along with vice president Kamala Harris off-screen.

“Anyway, it won’t surprise you, he’s doing a hell of a job, but I’ll deny having said that,” Biden said.

“She’s probably sitting there not answering the phone,” Walsh quipped after the call. (As some pointed out online, Mary is from Ireland, where Mother’s Day is in March.)

Walsh is reportedly very close with his mother. He told Boston Magazine in April last year that the thing he missed most of all at the start of the coronavirus pandemic was visits with his mother, and a Boston Globe column in November described him as Mary’s primary caregiver.


Mary Walsh is in her 70s and still lives in the Dorchester home where she raised her children. She was last spotlighted in the news when a WCVB reporter stumbled upon her in February waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Reggie Lewis Center.


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