It turns out that old habits die hard.
“He misses (the White House) like a Monday-Friday place,” said one of several people familiar with Biden’s thoughts, who spoke to CNN on the matter and have been anonymous to maintain their relationship. This person said that the people’s home was similar to the president’s residence. “Really, really high-end housing.”
“Joe Biden has always been back home to Delaware,” said another who has worked with the president. “The White House won’t change that.”
However, the accommodation was a symbol of political success. Which begs the question of why he didn’t want to go there 14 of the 19 weekends he was president.
Despite having 54,900 square feet, a bowling alley, a movie theater, tennis courts, and acres of land. and dozens of employees, Biden’s instinct, sometimes at the last minute. who is familiar with his schedule is to get away from such chaos. One said escaping the “office” was the aspect of escaping the “office” that drove him to find another place.
“Even though it was Tuesday and the schedule said he would be at the White House that weekend – or didn’t say where he was going – in my mind I knew he wouldn’t be at the White House. “Another person who works as part of the presidential entourage said By admitting that he was now used to Biden’s character. They planned accordingly. “The worst is when the decision is made on Wednesday to leave on Friday. or even Thursday to leave on Saturday.”
Part of the problem is that Biden is no longer “Amtrak Joe” and moving the President of the United States from point A to point B requires dozens of people. Accurate military planning and coordination of secret law enforcement agencies. Provide services to local police officers. Tensions are brewing between White House officials tasked with delivering weekend vacation news and favorable logistical tools. said a person familiar with the operation.
White House deputy spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. “President Biden” said: “President Biden is very proud of his roots and his family. It was an important moment in his life in his uninterrupted public life.” “The President of the United States continues to work. regardless of their location Whether they’re visiting a state in a foreign country or just 100 miles from the White House to Wilmington, D.O., and as all Americans agree. It is important for leaders to avoid imprisonment in Washington, D.C..”
It’s not uncommon for presidents to feel the urge to escape the confines of the White House campus, and many before Biden took advantage of doing so.
“Many presidents have reserved time at the family home instead of the White House,” said Lena Mann, a historian at the White House Historical Society. “Lyndon Johnson often goes to his ranch in Texas. Ronald Reagan To his ranch in California, Franklin Roosevelt had been to his ‘Little White House’ in Warm Springs, Georgia, as much as he could.” It was found that the hot springs there were helpful for his polio.
Donald Trump will most recently retreat to his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, spending an eight-day weekend away from the White House at the same spot as his presidency Biden was in. Barack Obama is now a big fan of weekends with his family at Camp David, going about half a dozen in his first four months at work.
A visit to a resting place or a second home which is largely a personal touch point for the president. It doesn’t make the commander-in-chief immune to the demands of this job. “He is always working. No matter where he is,” said an administration official on Biden’s character, noting that he spent most of his time preparing for next week’s weekend. or is contemplating a larger ideological issue, “He didn’t ‘check out’ just because he wasn’t in the (office) ellipse.”
For example, Dwight Eisenhower often used a weekend getaway near Gettysburg. Pennsylvania often as a place to rest but also to think strategically about how to end the Cold War. In total, Eisenhower spent 365 days in his presidency on the property, now a National Historic Site.
“I think there’s something to be said about the White House being the president’s home and office,” Mann said. And it’s also why most presidents choose a getaway or second home with outdoor elements. A place to escape for peace and quiet.”
“The staff work there because they want to serve the President and the First Lady,” said one person who worked at the White House. “I think it’s lonely for them sometimes. You miss taking care of the Principal.”
Another person familiar with the atmosphere of the Biden residence said the first couple was a favorite of White House officials. But their absence often makes it difficult to get to know them. Most of the executive residence staff have been there for more than a decade. And many of them became trusted confidants who were able to understand and anticipate the inclinations and trivialities of the First Family.
People who work in the White House think that although Biden felt that way in the four weeks he was in the house But now he might feel different with four months under his belt. “The president gets fresh rolled sheets every day, and he should — he’s the president! Is there anyone who doesn’t like that?”
One of the people who worked in the White House speculated that it’s possible Biden may still think the White House is where his former boss Obama lived and worked. “It’s like moving into an ex-girlfriend’s place,” the source said. “It’s not a problem for Trump or Obama who don’t go second. But for someone like Biden, who has spent a lot of time at the White House over the years meeting his ‘boss’, it might be strange to move into that person’s former apartment in general.”
No matter how much the impetus for Biden to flee He was clearly looking for relief. be it mentally or emotionally or physically.
“You know, I don’t know what I ever expected it to be,” Biden said during the White House’s actual stay at the Capitol. “I said it when I was running for election. I want the president not to be in the White House. but to be able to make decisions about the future of the country and to be in the White House As you may have heard of other presidents who is extremely happy to be there – it’s like a gilded cage in terms of being able to walk outside and do stuff.”
After the long holiday is over And Biden and the First Lady and their extended family members indulge in privacy and quality time in Wilmington. The president is scheduled to return to the White House on Monday.