“When I die,” he said wiping tears, “Delaware will be written on my heart and the hearts of all beedens.”
He was back after two-and-a-half weeks.
Called the White House’s “gilded cage” and feeling limited by seeking a dose of acquaintances, Biden has begun a routine method of leaving Washington on weekends. He held office for the third time in seven weeks, with Biden returning to Willington on Friday, continuing a pattern of the weekend that he started as senator and remains as vice-president and is set to remain as commander-in-chief. .
For Biden, the time is mostly family-oriented and personal. He has yet to play a round of golf, although this may be due to colder weather than he wished; Biden was considered one of Washington’s better golfers when he was serving as vice president and has also been a member of the Wilmington Country Club in the past.
Officials said they expected Biden to frequent Demp with Delaware or Camp David on weekends. Eager for the soothing presence of his family and can provide more space to roam than the White House grounds, he follows the worn pattern of the president who arrived in Washington on Friday afternoon.
Like him, Biden brings with him a minimal staff, which includes senior advisers Bruce Reid and Steve Ricketti last weekend; Johannes Abraham, Chief of Staff of the National Security Council; Personal collaborator Stephen Goeffert; And photographer Adam Shultes.
His home is well equipped with secure communications equipment and facilities, although Biden has faced a major national security crisis from the property as Trump often did from Mar-a-Lago.
Biden’s plans for his weekend trip away from the White House can sometimes be in flux until a day or two before. A person familiar with the program of the president’s visit says that there is an upcoming weekend at Camp David, for example, that may switch to Wilmington – a change of mind that has to be done for the president, but still keeping his support system Scramble can be thrown at the last minute.
“Departing on a Saturday instead of a Friday is not a big deal for a citizen and neither is changing where you want to go, but that kind of change with it causes a ripple effect,” the person says . “Dozens of schedules and plans and staff will have to be changed.”
In recent weeks, Biden has changed his destination or departure date at least three times on quick trips away from Washington.
Willington, where temperatures will hover in the mid-50s this weekend, does not provide the warm winds of Palm Beach or the dry summers of Texas. Primarily known for its corporate banking industry, the city is not considered a major weekend getaway destination.
But for Biden, this is a place where the odds of staying in the White House loosen up, even for a few nights. He still stands for a run in the city, like his leg is examined by his orthopedist. Some of his grandchildren live nearby. His church, at St. Joseph’s Brandywin, is five minutes away.
White House press secretary Jane Saki said, “The president lives in Wilmington. This is his home, where he has been living for many years.” Advice against non-essential travel continues in the midst of the epidemic.
“As any president of the United States does, he carries a private airplane called Air Force One.” This, of course, is unique from most Americans, but I think most Americans also call it a As a unique situation. “
“I said that when I was running, I wanted him to be president, not to stay in the White House,” he said, feeling confined in the executive mansion, despite its size. Part of the bizarre, he said, was Bindas Niwas employees, who praised him for his professionalism, but still said he used something.
“I was raised in such a way that you didn’t see anyone waiting on you,” he said. “And this is where I find myself extremely self-conscious.”
This is not the case in Lake Delaware, where the Bidens do not employ large domestic workers and generally take care of themselves. Before becoming president, Biden made a habit of walking his two German shepherds, Major and Champion, around the yard before going to bed.
In January the dogs moved to the White House, where Dale Hanney, the superintendent for the field, played a role in walking them, a duty he has taken since Richard Nixon’s Irish setter, King Timaho. He is occasionally seen in the Oval Office.
So far, Biden has not brought back the Champion and Major in Delaware on Airforce One, though at the end of a week last month his granddaughter Naomi called her gray and white dog to Charlie who was back on the plane to Washington.
Biden’s 6,850-square-foot house, located on a lake west of Widdington, has been his base since 1996, when he bought a four-acre plot and built a custom home. It is located in one of the pricier areas of the state, and a cottage on his property has been rented in secret arrangements when he was vice-president.
Unlike Trump, whose activities in Shaadi-e-Lago were tracked by on-camera guests and gossip members, or Bush, who staged photo-ops while he was cleaning the brush, his Biden’s discovery in the lake house is somewhat preserved.
The house is not visible from the street, and reporters are rarely allowed down the driveway and out of sight of the building.
In a photo released by the White House earlier this year, Biden is shown serving members in Kabul and boarding the USS Nimitz, who is watching the Super Bowl from his wood-paneled den, a brown K’s Chesterfield sofa and an archaic square tube have their hands out on television, possibly broadcasting the game in the background (the screen image was blurred).
Other images inside Biden’s home show antique tables and traditional decorations like a grandfather clock, a black and white tiled foyer and shelves dotted with memorabilia from his long career and his family photos. As he spent months airing from home during the campaign, his background was a library-style bookshelf adorned with a folded American flag that would be flown to the US Capitol in honor of his late son, Beau Was, buried in the premises of the church near Biden’s house.
In 2016, Biden told CNN that after undergoing brain cancer he considered selling a home to care for Beau’s children. But he said that President Barack Obama, after hearing about the plan, intervened.
“, He got up and he said, ‘Don’t sell that house. Promise me you won’t sell the house,” said Biden. “They said, ‘I’ll give you money. Whatever you want, I’ll give you money. Don’t, Joe – promise me. Promise me.’
In the years after becoming vice president, Biden purchased a home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which the family frequented during the summer months of the campaign and before his latest move to the White House on holidays.
When Biden first traveled to Delaware, he told reporters that he “planned to see my grandson and hang out with Jill,” referring to the first lady, collecting her belongings, “from our house to the other.” To go into the house. “
But since then it has become clear that back-to-back trips from the White House to Wilmington are more regularly occurring, much like Biden did as senator and later vice-president.
For most of his career, the trip was by train, a stop-gap movement that became central to his political personality and he received naming rights at the Wilmington Amtrak station. The nearly 90-minute ride between Willington and Washington was so central to Biden’s story that the then senator began his first presidential bid in 1987 at his hometown train station.
When he began his travels in the 1970s, Biden was one of the few anonymous senators who had come to work. But during his eight years as Vice President, whenever he returns on the train, he will be separated from the Secret Service and his reservation will be anonymous for security reasons.
He told CNN in 2017 that when he traveled to Delaware after Trump’s inauguration, he said he would make 8,200 round trips on the train over the years.
Kate Bennett of CNN contributed to this report.