The juxtaposition of the president vacationing at his beach house while Florida residents were rendered homeless from Hurricane Idalia may explain a spontaneous approach to reporters Sunday.
President Joe Biden told reporters in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that he was staying at his beach house because his Wilmington house was getting a security upgrade.
After attending Mass at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church, he unexpectedly approached reporters and revealed his inability to return to his home while construction is in progress, according to a Fox News report.
The president said the Secret Service security upgrades to his home left him only his beach house to live in while back in Delaware for the weekend. He insisted his stay was just for the one day, the report noted.
He first mentioned the security upgrades in April.
The president’s trip to Delaware followed a visit to Florida to assess the damage from Hurricane Idalia.
Although he had initially planned to spend the Labor Day weekend in Rehoboth Beach, the recent storm altered his plans, the Fox report noted.
Despite spending a week in Nevada’s Lake Tahoe region with his family two weeks ago, Biden has faced criticism from the Republican National Committee and GOP lawmakers for his frequent weekend getaways.
When reporters inquired if he was implying homelessness, Biden clarified that he isn’t homeless.
“No, I’m not homeless,” Biden responded. “I just have one home. I have a beautiful home. I’m down here for the day because I can’t go home home.”