Biden weekend trips to Delaware under scrutiny

The White House is defending President Joe Biden's leisure travel although he and federal health officials have begged the public to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously. (March 13)

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JOE BIDEN: You know, you've-- this is kind of emotional for me.

JONATHAN RUSS: President and Mrs. Biden make their home here in Wilmington, Delaware. And I think it really does speak to this being home. Fortunately for them, this is quite close to Washington, DC, so it's easy for them to come here. And it's something of a cliche, but it is true. Delaware is a state of neighbors, and so I think that they're very comfortable here. And so, you know, to get away for-- you know, for a couple of days, yes, they're truly coming home.

This has been their home for, in President Biden's case, forever, or at least since he was a very young child. And so I think that that's an important sanctuary to come back to.

And it is logistically fairly simple for them to get back here. It's certainly much more simple to navigate Delaware once they arrive for their safe passage back to their home than it might be if you were from a large city or someplace that was extraordinarily rural. You know, neither of those-- those barriers exist. So it's a relatively short trip between the airport and their home, and I would say 10, 15 minutes.

And yeah, I think from-- from everything I can gather that this is a place perhaps not to vacation, per se, but a place to unwind and literally come home to. And I think that that plays an important role--

JOE BIDEN: Before the way we--

JONATHAN RUSS: --in their lifestyle.

JOE BIDEN: It all comes from home. It all comes from Delaware.