Apparently there is nothing that President Joe Biden loves more than a vacation. That’s why he is now on track to beat the all-time record for most vacations taken by a president.
Since taking office on Jan 20, 2021, Biden has already spent 188 full or partial days vacationing outside of the White House. All of his vacations so far have been to either of his two Delaware properties, Camp David or on Nantucket island in Massachusetts.
Specifically, this is how Biden has spent his vacation time:
- 130 days in either Rehoboth or Wilmington, Delaware
- 52 days at Camp David
- and six days visiting the luxury island retreat of Nantucket
The assessment comes as President Biden is preparing to spend yet another weekend at his beach house in Delaware. Sunday will mark his 500th day in office, at least if you count all of the time vacationing.
At the rate he is currently going, Biden will spend over 550 total days away from the White House by 2024. By comparison, former President Donald Trump took off 381 days while in office, mostly spent at Mar-a-Lago and his other property in Bedminster, New Jersey. That would mean that Biden is on pace to out-vacation Trump by around 170 days, or roughly 50 percent more break time.
Back in February, the sitting President even bragged about all of his vacationing, saying, “Every time I get a chance, I go home to Delaware. You think I’m joking. I’m not.” He has also previously referred to the White House as a “gilded cage”.
The all time record is currently held by former President George W Bush, who took 1020 vacation days over his 8 years. If Biden somehow wins a 2nd term in office, he would be on pace to pass even Bush with a whopping 1100 days out of office.
With all of these vacations, it seems clear that Biden never really wanted to be in the White House at all. Do you think a President has a responsibility to work from the White House? Why or why not?