Joe Biden gears up for another weekend getaway in Delaware as the president is on track to take more vacations than any of his predecessors.
So far, since taking office, Biden has vacationed 188 full or partial days outside the White House at one of his two properties in Delaware, at Camp David or on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.
This will be split into 130 days in Rehoboth of Wilmington, Delaware, 52 days in the presidential retreat at Camp David in Frederick, Maryland, and six days on the luxury island of Nantucket.
By Sunday, when Biden will be back at his Delaware beach house, the president will be in office for 500 days. By reaching this milestone, Biden will have spent more than a third of his time in the office away from the White House.
With the number of vacation days he currently has, the president is on track to spend about 550 days outside the White House in the four years of his first term in office — and that would be just 1,106 days for two terms in office.
Biden previously called the White House a “gilded cage.”
“Every time I get the chance, I go home to Delaware,” Biden said in February. “You think I’m kidding. I am not.’
President Joe Biden is on track to spend the most time in the office vacationing outside the White House than any other president in US history. So far, Biden has spent 188 days on vacation and is preparing for a weekend getaway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. If he continues at this rate, he will spend 1,106 vacation days in two terms
Biden often visits his two properties in his home state of Delaware in Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington. Pictured: Biden and First Lady Jill walk and play fetch with their German Shepherd commander on the beach during a weekend in Rehoboth in December 2021
He has stayed true to this comment and grabbed every opportunity he gets to get back to his home state of Delaware, especially on weekends.
Contrasting this with past presidents, Biden, 79, is on track to become the most vacationing president in US history.
During former President Donald Trump’s lone term in office, he spent 381 days vacationing away from the White House at his various properties across the country, but mostly in Mar-a-Lago, Florida and Bedminster, New Jersey.
Like all presidents, Trump insisted that many of his trips from Washington DC were “working vacations.”
During his candidacy for president, Trump would often berate his predecessor Barack Obama for being a “regular vacationer.”
But former President Obama took just 328 vacation days in his two terms — or eight years — in office, which is 53 days less than Trump spent just half the time in office. Obama’s disaggregated trips included 29 235-day vacations and 39 visits to Camp David, which amounted to 93 full or partial days away from the White House.
Many of Obama’s trips have been to Martha’s Vineyard Island near Massachusetts, as well as several trips to Hawaii, where he grew up.
Biden is seen leaving a restaurant on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts during Thanksgiving holiday in November 2021. He has spent six days on Nantucket since becoming president
Biden’s projected 1,106 vacation days in two terms will surpass the previous president with the most vacation – George W. Bush.
Bush Jr. took 1,020 vacation days in his eight years and would rather spend time on his Texas ranch than in Washington, DC
When asked about the visits to his home state, Bush told AP at the time, “I can clear my head and it helps me put it all in perspective.”
While President Bush visited his ranch 77 times, spanning all or part of 490 days. He also made 11 visits to his childhood home in Kennebunkport, Maine for 43 full or partial days, and 149 visits to Camp David over 487 days.