While President Joe Biden was still on the campaign trail, he was ridiculed for the amount of time he spent “hiding” in his basement as former President Donald Trump hopped from state-to-state doing rallies and firing up his base for the 2020 election.
Biden continued that trend, to some degree, as according to Fox News, only now has he decided to leave the White House since moving in on the afternoon of January 20. He’s not going very far, though, as the president is expected to take a quick flight to his home state of Delaware for the weekend.
Although the Centers for Disease Control has warned against traveling via air at this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic, those rules are probably somewhat relaxed as far as flying a president around is concerned, as flying on Air Force One is likely one of the safest flights a person could possibly be on.
The CDC recommends that people who do choose to continue to fly at least have their COVID-19 vaccinations in order, which is a box that Biden can also check, as he’s already received both doses of his vaccine.
Even the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, was forced to defend her bosses flight plans, reminding reporters who asked why Biden was flying against CDC guidelines that Air Force One is considered a private jet and that all safety protocols were in place.
“He’s from Delaware and has a home there and is going to spend the weekend with his wife and family there,” Psaki told reporters.
According to the Associated Press, Biden also plans on spending time with his grandchildren, along with determining what else he needs to move from his Delaware home into his new home — the White House — with the help of his wife, First Lady Jill Biden.
Reporters also quizzed Biden on what flying on the new Air Force One was like compared to the version he flew in while Barack Obama was president. He said the two planes were similar, but with regard to the new version, he said the difference is that “it’s nicer.”