President Joe Biden arrived in Delaware late Saturday afternoon after a brief Fourth of July stay and departed the next day.
The president traveled to Michigan on Saturday as part of an effort to mark a “return to normalcy” as Covid-19 infection rates decline in many states.
The visit was brief with the President and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden flying back at 4 p.m. from New Castle Airport to Joint Base Andrews via Air Force One. From Andrews, they will traveled via Marine One to the White House to hold a lawn party for essential workers and military families.
The brief trip to the airport via motorcade produces brief traffic delays that have gained the name “Joe Jams.”
Biden and the First Lady spend most of their weekends at their home near Greenville, with occasional visits to Camp David in Maryland. The First Couple has traveled to their home near Rehoboth Beach once since his inauguration.
Over the weekend, Jill Biden was in New England, and Vice President Kamala Harris stopped in Las Vegas and Reno, NV. All are areas that the Biden-Harris ticket won in the 2020 election.
Jill Biden, who grew up in South Jersey and suburban Philadelphia traveled to Independence Mall on July 4th to speak at an Independence Day ceremony on a return to a more normal way of life after Covid-19 vaccinations. (Click on the headline from WHYY below).
The tourism industry in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, which draws tourists that include students of American history, has taken a $4 billion hit from Covid-19.
The July 4th outdoor event at the White House comes as some areas, including Delaware, report that 70.4% of adults have received at least one Covid-19 shot.
Biden fell short of an earlier 70% goal for adults getting at least one vaccine dose by July 4 with the final figure expected to come in around 67%. Vaccination rates have been much lower in the Deep South and a number of other states.