Joe Biden reaches 1,000 days in office this week – but he has spent at least 300 of them either in Delaware or on vacation, Dailymail.com can reveal.
He also spent 89 days at Camp David, the rustic presidential retreat in Maryland, and 74 days traveling abroad,
Biden’s lack of time in Washington will fuel accusations from Republicans and concerns from Democrats that the 80-year-old president needs too much time off because of his age.
Additionally, as Biden reaches the 1,000-day mark, he has conducted fewer solo press conferences than any modern predecessor except Ronald Reagan, and a fraction of the number of interviews held by Donald Trump or Barack Obama.
Joe Biden relaxes near his beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on July 30, 2023
Joe Biden on the same Delaware beach three days later
Biden was inaugurated on January 20, 2021, meaning he is set to serve his 1,000th day on Tuesday.
An analysis of his schedule, released daily by the White House, shows that he spent all or part of 300 days in one of his two Delaware homes, or on vacation.
He owns a six-bedroom, 4,786 square foot beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which he purchased for $2.74 million in 2017.
His other home in Delaware is a 6,850 square foot mansion in Wilmington, worth over $2 million.
In addition to numerous trips to both Delaware homes, Biden’s other recent vacations included a weeklong trip to Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
He was flown to Lake Tahoe on Air Force One, then rented — for an undisclosed amount — a house from Tom Steyer, the billionaire climate activist who unsuccessfully ran for president as a Democrat in 2020 .
On the first day of his presidency, Biden had an approval rating of 57 percent, according to Gallup.
However, much of the public goodwill began to dissipate in August 2021, around the time of the botched withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
His approval rating dropped precipitously, reaching a nadir of 38% in July 2022.
On his 1,000th day in office, he reached 41 percent.
Joe Biden’s $2.7 million beach house in Delaware
Joe Biden enjoys ice cream in Michigan
Joe Biden on his bike in Delaware, where he spent 300 days of his presidency
His team will be comforted by the fact that, remarkably, that is exactly the same figure as Donald Trump and Barack Obama when they reached 1,000 days in office.
While Trump continued to lose, Obama recovered enough to win re-election.
However, Obama has embarked on a frantic re-election campaign, and Democratic insiders have expressed growing concern about Biden’s ability to achieve it at his age.
So far, he has demonstrated a distinct lack of willingness to engage with the media and, by extension, the public.
In his first 1,000 days, he led just 13 solo news conferences, according to figures compiled by the American Presidency Project.
Although he has more than a year left in his first term, it is highly unlikely that Biden will match the 44 solo press conferences that Trump conducted as president, or the 30 that Obama did during of his first term.
He has so far held 17 joint press conferences with other world leaders, while Trump did 44 and Obama 43 during his first term.
As of the end of June this year, Biden had conducted 41 interviews as president, according to unofficial White House statistician Mark Knoller, a former CBS White House correspondent.
That compares to Trump’s 190 interviews and Obama’s 329 interviews at the same time.
Biden did many more interviews as vice president than he does today. At that time, he sometimes appeared live on three television channels on the same day.
As president, he also eschewed print interviews, doing his first for People magazine rather than a newspaper.
In August, an Associated Press/NORC poll found that 77% of Americans thought Biden was too old to win re-election. This included 69 percent of Democrats.
David Ignatius, a Biden supporter, recently wrote a column in the Washington Post arguing that he should not seek re-election.
Meanwhile, Dean Phillips, a Democratic congressman from Minnesota, has begun taking steps to launch a possible primary challenge to Biden for the party’s 2024 nomination.
Mr Phillips, 54, called on Biden to “pass the torch” to a new generation.
Congressman Dean Phillips says Democrats must offer challenger to Biden
Last week, Biden tripped and had to hang on to a railing while climbing a short flight of stairs at an event in Philadelphia.
This followed a series of other high-profile cases of losing one’s footing, including when boarding and disembarking Air Force One.
He also fell off his bike in Delaware last year and collapsed to the ground after tripping on a sandbag while on stage in June.
The White House has defended Biden’s decision to spend much of his presidency in Delaware rather than Washington.
Officials said he was “deeply proud of his roots” in the state and was “constantly on the job, no matter the location.”
They also pointed out that his beach house in Delaware is only 100 miles from the White House and that it is also “important for leaders to avoid setting up shop in Washington, D.C.”