President Biden, the 80-year-old leader of the nation, is adding to his vacation days tally as he takes a 10-day beach getaway in Delaware. With this latest trip away from the hustle of Washington D.C., the president’s known vacation days have reached 360, which accounts for nearly 40% of the total time he has spent in office, according to TheDailyMail.

Biden Supporters Come To His Defense

Supporters of the president have come to his defense, justifying his frequent trips due to the convenience of their close proximity to the White House compared to past presidents who ventured to states far from the capital. Criticizing presidents for their vacation travel is a tradition that dates back to the very creation of the office. John Adams faced scrutiny for spending time with his ailing wife, and Franklin Roosevelt was chastised for enjoying leisure on his yacht, as reported by CNN.

In Biden’s case, his frequent travel to Delaware has often been categorized as work-related trips by mainstream media outlets. Former President Trump made a similar argument during his visits to Mar-a-Lago, where he asserted, “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”

Biden Visits Camp David Twice as Much as Trump

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While comparing visits to Camp David, the presidential country retreat, Biden has made nearly double the number of visits compared to Trump. However, his record still falls behind past presidents like George W. Bush, who tallied up a total of 150 visits.

The subject of presidential vacationing remains a topic of interest and critique across party lines. Regardless of the president in office, it seems that the balance between work and relaxation will continue to be scrutinized and debated throughout history. As President Biden enjoys his beach vacation, the public watches closely, reflecting on the tradition of presidents finding solace in their chosen retreats.