Even as several crises raged on during the first several months of his term, President Joe Biden managed to log more "personal travel" days during that span than any president in "recent history," according to a new analysis of presidential time away from the White House.
CNN reported Saturday that during his first 276 days in office, Biden spent 108 of those days either vacationing or teleworking from Camp David or one of his two Delaware homes.
The outlet noted that to this point in his presidency, Biden's time spent away from the White House has dwarfed that of his predecessors — including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush. And even though Biden has spent some of that time working in remote, his time away includes no fewer than 35 "personal trips."
Here's more from the report:
A CNN analysis of Biden's public schedule indicates the President has spent a significant amount of time away from the White House, particularly on weekends, since his January inauguration. Including this weekend's trip to Delaware, Biden has taken 35 personal trips and spent all or part of 108 of his first 276 days in office at one of his Delaware homes or at Camp David in Maryland. That includes partial days, like Friday -- when he spent the day at the White House and departed in the evening.
Sixty-nine of those 108 days away from Washington were spent at his home in Wilmington, spread over 23 visits; seven days at his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, beach house over two visits; and 32 days at Camp David over 10 visits ...
... While most presidents have prioritized taking time away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this is the most time a president has spent away from the White House on personal travel at this point in the presidency in recent history.
In comparison, Trump spent just 70 days away from the White House during his first 275 days as president, while Obama spent only 40 days away, and Bush 84 days.
In response to the report, White House spokesman Andrew Bates defended his boss' penchant for personal getaways.
"Presidents of the United States are constantly on the job, regardless of their location; whether they're on a state visit overseas or just 100 miles from the White House for a short trip to Wilmington," Bates told CNN. "Wherever he is, the President spends every day working to defeat the pandemic, to ensure our economy delivers for the middle class — not just those at the top — and to protect our national security."
Critics of the president are likely to point out that much of Biden's travel has come even as the country has grappled with crises at the southern border as well as in Afghanistan. Even when Biden has been in the office, he has been unavailable to the media.
The Daily Wire reported that through September, Biden had participated in just 10 extended interviews with reporters, roughly six times fewer than Trump and 13 times fewer than Obama.