President Joe Biden plans to spend his weekend at his Delaware beach house on Friday, just 17 days from the midterm elections.
The president is due to travel to his home state on Friday afternoon to deliver a speech on college debt at Delaware State University before retiring to his beach house in Rehoboth Beach for the weekend.
This will be his 56th trip to Delaware since taking office as President of the United States.
Biden’s move demonstrates his relaxed campaign schedule ahead of the midterms, as reporters continue to question why he’s hosting fewer events and traveling to fewer states.
The White House hasn’t detailed why Biden is hosting fewer events, though his unpopularity in the polls may explain why Democratic candidates don’t want to appear with him on the campaign trail.
The president is also approaching his 80th birthday, showing less stamina and consistency during the election campaign.
NBC News revealed on Friday that First Lady Jill Biden is paying close attention to the president’s schedule, raising concerns with her staff when she thinks he is “overwhelmed.”
Asked by reporters in Pennsylvania on Thursday about his campaign schedule, Biden seemed distraught.
“I don’t know where I’m going,” he said. “I have about 16, 18 requests across the country, so I don’t know who goes where. I am told.
Biden is also frustrated when reporters ask him why he isn’t doing as many events as former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama ahead of the midterm elections.
“That’s not true,” he told a reporter on Thursday. “There were 15. Count kid. Count.”
Journalist: “Not many candidates campaigned with you.”
President Biden: “That is not true. There were 15. Count, kid, count. pic.twitter.com/zQOE2dhdQ7
— The recount (@therecount) October 20, 2022
The president tried Friday to send an optimistic signal to Democrats as polls show voters leaning more toward Republicans in the midterm elections.
“It’s a back and forth and the polls have been everywhere,” he said during a speech at the White House. “I think we’re going to see one more change on our side in the last few days.”