Bidens leave Rehoboth Beach after short weekend trip

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left their home near Rehoboth Beach Monday morning.

A Friday departure time was canceled.

Biden’s Monday schedule included the daily briefing and greeting members of The Milwaukee Bucks, winners of the NBA championship.

On Friday, the president delivered remarks from the White House on House passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill which he is expected to sign in the coming days. The measure was passed late Friday night.

The bill marked a major victory for Biden as it gained a few votes from Republicans, giving the president the opportunity to call it a bipartisan measure.

Flight restrictions in the Rehoboth Beach area will remain in place through Sunday.

Trips to their home near the beach town have been infrequent, with most weekends spent at their home near Greenville or at Camp David in the Maryland mountains.

The trip provided a modest boost for the Rehoboth economy as staff and security personnel take hotel rooms in the slower fall season.

Before departing for Rehoboth, the  Bidens attended the funeral for General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. 

Last week, the president saw a mixed bag of news, with Democrats losing the governor’s race in Virginia and eking out a win in New Jersey.

The president’s low popularity rating and the teaching of critical race theory, a lack of action on legislation, and Covid restrictions were among the reasons cited for the setbacks.

At the same time, the stronger-than-expected jobs report released on Friday bolstered the case that the economy is recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Biden commented on the jobs report, which comes as the administration sets deadlines for Covid-19 vaccinations for groups ranging from health care workers to companies employing 100 or more.

The vaccination order was temporarily blocked by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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