Biden Ignores Crisis, Goes Where?

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have arrived in Nevada for a period of relaxation, landing late on Friday. The couple has chosen to rent a private residence situated on the picturesque Lake Tahoe, a sprawling alpine lake that straddles the border between California and Nevada, renowned for its popularity among tourists, especially during the winter months due to its array of ski resorts.

The journey to Nevada followed President Biden’s participation in a summit with the leaders of South Korea and Japan at Camp David on Friday. Traveling from there, he reached the Lake Tahoe residence.

Their temporary abode is located in the Glenbrook community and belongs to Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor. Tom Steyer is an investor, an advocate for climate action, and a supporter of the Democratic party. He even ran for the presidency in 2020.

Notably, the Bidens are paying a fair market value for the rental, as confirmed by the White House. They plan to enjoy approximately a week in the area. However, their vacation will briefly pause on Monday when they intend to visit Maui. There, they will personally assess the aftermath of a devastating wildfire that swept through the historic town of Lahaina, causing the loss of at least 114 lives. The Bidens’ schedule includes meetings with survivors, first responders, and local officials in order to gauge the extent of the damage.

Earlier in the current month, President Biden had taken a vacation at his Delaware residence in Rehoboth Beach. During that time, he engaged in activities such as bike rides, visits to the beach, and even enjoyed a date night with the first lady at a screening of the popular movie “Oppenheimer.”

Over past summers, the Bidens have chosen various destinations for their vacations, including Kiawah Island in South Carolina. They have a tradition of spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket, a resort island in Massachusetts. Additionally, the family had traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands at the close of the previous year, extending their stay into the new year.

As President Biden readies to return to the capital, a multitude of critical issues await his attention. The White House’s priority for September revolves around averting a government shutdown at the month’s end and urging lawmakers to approve a supplementary funding package. This package encompasses substantial aid for Ukraine as well as disaster relief.

In the same month, President Biden has key international events on his agenda, including the Group of 20 summit in India and the annual United Nations General Assembly.

Amid these tasks, the White House remains committed to promoting President Biden’s legislative accomplishments, all bundled under the “Bidenomics” framework. The overarching goal is to further solidify voter approval as he pursues a potential second term in office.

Accompanying the president and first lady on their trip to Nevada are several members of the Biden family, including their daughter Ashley and some of their grandchildren. Hunter Biden, along with his wife Melissa Cohen and their young son Beau, were already at the rented Lake Tahoe residence prior to the president’s arrival.