President Biden’s 2023 was marked by extensive stays at various getaway locations, raising eyebrows and generating controversy.
A review of public records reveals that the 81-year-old commander-in-chief spent a significant portion of the past year—138 days, to be precise—at retreats, vacation sites, or Camp David, amounting to 37% of his time.
Delaware Biden’s favorite vacationing spot
Delaware emerged as a favored spot for President Biden, where he spent 90 days, including weekends and a prolonged vacation, at either his Wilmington residence or his sun-and-sand hideaway in Rehoboth.
Additionally, he enjoyed official vacation time in St. Croix, Lake Tahoe, and Nantucket, totaling 22 days, emphasizing a mix of personal and official retreats.
Camp David’s role in president Biden’s strategic planning for 2024
Camp David, the presidential retreat, welcomed Biden for 26 days, excluding two days dedicated to preparing for a trilateral summit.
The President’s strategic approach involved adapting military and operational strategies to ensure preparedness for the continued challenges of 2024.
White House criticizes Republicans in Congress
The White House defended Biden’s frequent retreats, asserting his ability to work from anywhere.
Deputy Press Secretary Olivia Dalton highlighted that even during vacation days, the President remained engaged in his duties.
Dalton also criticized Republicans in Congress for raising concerns, calling their attacks on the President “fictitious.”
Comparative analysis with previous presidents
In terms of days away from Washington, Biden surpassed all recent presidents, spending more than a third of his year at getaway spots.
Notably, he outpaced George H.W. Bush, who spent 36% of his presidency at retreats.
Former President Donald Trump, known for his visits to Mar-a-Lago, was out of town for 26% of his time in the White House.
Controversial free vacations stir ethical concerns
Biden’s five notable vacations in 2023, often at luxurious estates provided by Democratic benefactors, sparked controversy.
Complimentary stays at properties owned by billionaire Democratic donors and a private equity mogul raised ethical questions.
The President’s failure to disclose these trips on annual financial forms drew comparisons to controversies involving other public figures.
Retreats, controversies, and presidential responsibilities
President Biden’s extensive retreats in 2023, while defended by the White House, have ignited debates over the balance between personal relaxation and the responsibilities of the Oval Office.
As the President faces criticism and ethical inquiries, the coming year may see increased scrutiny of presidential retreats and their implications on governance and public perception.