President Joe Biden has long faced speculation that he lacks the mental and physical stamina that the office demands.
Now, new questions are arising since the president extended his weekend visit to his Delaware home with a return to the White House pushed back until Tuesday.
“No public events”
That means Biden effectively disappeared from public sight for a couple of days, as reported by Townhall’s Katie Pavlich.
The president had been expected to return from his getaway on Monday morning, but aside from receiving his daily briefing and a statement put out by his staff, he apparently did nothing of note for the rest of the day.
According to the White House press pool, the White House called a lid at 11:27 a.m. ET, meaning nothing of interest to reporters or the American people was scheduled to take place that day.
In a tweet on Monday morning, NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell confirmed the development, writing: “The president who spent the weekend at his home in Wilmington, DE will remain there today with no public events and no press briefing today. A bit of August vacation.”
The Spectator’s Amber Athey addressed the issue, noting that reporters were given “no further guidance on POTUS’s movements for the rest of the week.”
White House remains quiet
Later in the day, she confirmed that Biden was set to leave Wilmington on Tuesday and return again on Thursday ahead of a weekend stay at Camp David. In other words, the president is expected to work at the White House just two days this week.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to be taking an extended break, too, scheduling no briefings between Friday and Tuesday. The White House website revealed that Biden declined to stop and speak with reporters before he left Delaware or upon his return to D.C.
The president did not deliver any remarks over the weekend aside from a virtual meeting he and first lady Jill Biden held with Team USA members who competed in the Tokyo Olympics.
Of course, the administration issued a number of statements, including posts related to new economic sanctions on Belarus, nominees being considered by the Senate, and COVID-19 vaccinations for military service members.
While the president is certainly entitled to a weekend or two away from the White House, the American people deserve to know as much as possible about such plans instead of being left to wonder where he is at any moment.