President Joe Biden has clarified the purpose of his presence in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to reporters on Sunday morning, following his visit to St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church for Mass.
The purpose of this encounter was to address the recent rumors and questions surrounding his residency in Delaware and to dispel the notion that he was on vacation.
“I have no home to go to,” President Biden stated, bringing clarity to his current living situation in Delaware.
Biden resides at the White House during the week and spends most weekends in Delaware, where he owns two homes according to AP News.
His longtime primary residence in Wilmington, Delaware, has been undergoing significant security upgrades by the U.S. Secret Service, a process he described as being done “in a good way.”
It has been several months since President Biden last spent a night at his Wilmington residence, due to the ongoing security enhancements.
“So I have no place to go when I come to Delaware, except here, right now,” he clarified, referring to his other residence in Rehoboth Beach.
According to AP News on Monday, September 4, 2023, Biden emphasized that his stay in Delaware on this occasion was brief, saying, “I’m only here for one day.”
The President arrived on the Delaware coast on Saturday night after his earlier visit to Florida to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Idalia.
Originally, he had planned to spend the Labor Day weekend in Delaware but changed his plans in response to the hurricane’s aftermath.
President Biden first mentioned the security upgrades to his Wilmington home back in April when he visited the beach house after returning from a trip to Ireland.
When asked on Sunday if he considered himself homeless, Biden promptly dismissed the idea, saying, “No, I’m not homeless. I just have one home. I have a beautiful home. I’m down here for the day because I can’t go home home.”
The clarification provided by President Biden aimed to dispel any misconceptions about his visit and underscored the importance of the ongoing security improvements at his primary Delaware residence.
It also highlighted his commitment to spending time in Delaware, where he has deep roots and has long called home when not attending to his presidential duties in Washington, D.C.
The President’s impromptu interaction with reporters served as a reminder of the unique aspects of his presidency, where security considerations often impact his personal life, even in his Delaware homes.