President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware solo Wednesday afternoon for his first trip as president to his Rehoboth Beach house to celebrate first lady Jill Biden’s 70th birthday.
‘No birthday plans. Just a quiet birthday at home,’ Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s spokesman, told DailyMail.com about the first couple’s itinerary for the mid-week break.
No grandkids or additional family are expected to join them, the East Wing said.
Jill Biden traveled to Rehoboth Beach separately, beating her husband to the Delaware beach town.
Biden left Washington on the heels of a high-stakes meeting with Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito – and after he gave an update on the administration’s COVID-19 response, as the White House tries to get one shot of vaccine in the arms of 70 per cent of U.S. adults before the Fourth of July holiday.
President Joe Biden waves to the cameras as he leaves for Rehoboth Beach Wednesday afternoon, taking a mid-week break to celebrate Dr. Jill Biden’s 70th birthday
President Joe Biden boards Marine One Wednesday afternoon as he departs to meet up with first lady Jill Biden at their Delaware beach home
President Joe Biden arrives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Wednesday afternoon to celebrate his wife’s 70th birthday
President Biden is heading for his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home on Wednesday, the day before Dr Jill Biden turns 70. It marks his first trip to his beach home since becoming president
Biden and his wife were spotted riding their bikes at Cape Henlopen State Park near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in November as they prepared for their move to the White House
Details of the trip first emerged with a Federal Aviation Administration notice restricting air operations around Rehoboth Beach from Wednesday to Friday because of a VIP.
Coming in the middle of the week so soon after the Memorial Day weekend, the timing initially seemed odd.
It was soon apparent, however, it was Dr. Biden’s birthday trip.
The couple spent $2.7 million on the six-bedroom house with a swimming pool, located about two blocks from the beach, in 2017.
‘Throughout our careers, Jill and I have dreamed of being able to buy a place at the beach at home where we can bring the whole family,’ said Biden at the time.
‘We feel very lucky that we’re now able to make that happen and are looking forward to spending time with our family in the place that matters most to us in the world.’
While the president has spent frequent weekends at his home just outside Wilmington, Delaware, since moving into the White House he has yet to spend time at his Rehoboth Beach house as president.
He did, however, visit twice as president-elect.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins tweeted that he was expected to leave the White House on Wednesday after talks with a senior Republican senator about his infrastructure proposals.
‘President Biden is visiting Rehoboth Beach this week, per two aides,’ wrote Kaitlan Collins.
Details of the trip leaked out on Tuesday morning as aides said he was due to leave after an infrastructure meeting on Wednesday
‘He leaves tomorrow following a meeting with Sen. Capito and is scheduled to return Friday.’
Rehoboth Beach has about 1,500 full-time residents but swells to 25,000 during peak summer months.
Throughout his career as a senator, Biden was known for commuting home from Washington to Delaware every evening to be with his family.
And as president, he has escaped the White House at every opportunity.
Out of the 19 weekends, Biden has only spent five at his official residence.
Biden and first lady marked Memorial Day weekend in their home state, where he delivered an emotional speech in New Castle, Delaware where he invoked his late son and military veteran Beau Biden.