President Biden said on Sunday during his visit to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that he was not on vacation and had no home to go to for the time being. After a report claimed he’d spent 40% of his presidency away from the White House. Here’s what happened.
Not On Vacation
Biden spoke to reporters after leaving Mass at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church and, unprompted, revealed his weekend trip was not for vacation purposes. The president, who has two homes in Delaware, lives at the White House but spends most of his weekends in Delaware.
“I have no home to go to,” Biden told the reporters.
The president said the Secret Service has been working on his primary residence in Wilmington, Delaware, to make it more secure “in a good way.” He has not spent a night in Wilmington in months.
“I’m Not Homeless…I Can’t Go Home Home”
“So I have no place to go when I come to Delaware, except here, right now,” he said, referring to his home in Rehoboth Beach. “I’m only here for one day.”
The First Family spent a week on vacation in Nevada’s Lake Tahoe region two weeks ago. The Republican National Committee and GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill have regularly criticized Biden for his weekend trips away from the White House.
The reporters who ran into the president on Sunday asked if he was claiming to be homeless,
“No, I’m not homeless,” he responded. “I just have one home. I have a beautiful home. I’m down here for the day because I can’t go home.”
This comes just days after Biden was slammed for taking 40% off his time in office “on vacation.”
Biden’s weekend jaunts and vacations spanned 382 days — with seven in 10 of them spent at his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware — out of 957 days in office.
The president’s “vacation” days include 100 of the 135 weekends since his inauguration spent secluded in one of his two Delaware homes, at Camp David in Maryland, or in the homes of wealthy friends.
Biden’s 40% out-of-office ratio is far higher than that of former President Donald Trump, who spent 26% of his presidency on personal trips out of Washington — 381 of his 1,461 days in office.
In contrast, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan vacationed for just 11% of their two-term presidencies, and Jimmy Carter took only 79 days’ worth of breaks, accounting for 5% of his term in office.
“It’s probably for the best, imagine the damage he could do if he was on the job full time.” one X user cried out.
Another user took to the keyboard to write, “Well, he ran a basement campaign. Now he’s running for a Beachfront presidency. His main job is to stay out of the way and let the people who installed him ruin the country as they see fit. All they need from him is his presidential signature & his offshore bank account routing number”.
X User Jeb simply put, “I think we’re better off with #dementiaJoe on vacation.”
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said, “Voters want Republicans, who actually show up to work, to dig America out of Biden’s recession, secure the southern border, and put an end to reckless spending of taxpayer dollars.”
Presidency Is A Nonstop Job
“Soon, Democrats will be able to join Biden on his weekly vacations when Americans vote them out in less than 70 days,” she added, referring to the midterm congressional elections.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates pushed back on the criticism of Biden’s travel, saying, “The presidency is a nonstop job that chief executives can do from anywhere in the world.”
Although Biden’s staff dispute the characterization that he’s not working during the trips, he’s generally out of the public eye for most of his days away from DC while relaxing with family members and friends.
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