While Joe Biden long has been the subject of “not there” accusations, specifically referring to his embarrassing gaffes and mistakes that may indicate an aging mentality, a new report says he also was physically “not there” for hundreds of days – at a rate that is higher than any of the previous presidents.
The Washington Examiner, calling him the “Delaware denizen,” said Biden is on pace to “spend more time away from the White House than any of his recent predecessors.”
This weekend, yet again, he’ll be at one of his luxury homes in the state.
“He spent more than a quarter of his first year in office in Delaware, typically on weekends, and has continued that trend in year two,” the report said.
Heading into this weekend he’s spent an estimated 188 full or partial days away from the White House, the report said, including 130 in Delaware and 52 at Camp David. About another week was in Nantucket.
“If that pace holds, Biden will spend roughly 553 days away from the White House,” the analysis revealed, during one term.
“That’s good for tops in the modern history of the presidency. Former President Donald Trump spent 381 days away from the White House while in office, and former President Barack Obama spent 328 days out over two terms.”
The report said former President George W. Bush spent 1,020 days away from the White House over two terms, and Bill Clinton stayed away 345 days.
Presidential historian Craig Shirley told the Examiner that it’s not just the actual number of days.
“There’s a public relations angle to it. If the country is in crisis, it’s better for the president to stay in the White House,” he explained. “I used to get mad at Bush when he’d be seen chopping trees when the country was going through all these problems. I thought it showed an insensitivity to the needs of the American people.”
Similar factors may be in play now, as Biden’s approval rating has been seen plunging into the 30s in some polls.
David Greenberg, a presidential historian at Rutgers, explained to the Examiner that it’s actually not a situation of too much vacation time results in unhappy people.
“It actually runs the other way. People are unhappy with the president, therefore he’s taking too much vacation,” he told the publication.
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