President Joe Biden was on the receiving end of some playful banter from the president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, during a recent White House visit. Abinader couldn’t resist taking a shot at Biden over the photos that surfaced of him sunbathing. With a mischievous smile, Abinader informed Biden that he’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beach in the Dominican Republic when they host the next Summit of the Americas in 2025. Cue the laughter and friendly jabs.
Now, while it’s all fun and games on the surface, there’s a deeper issue at play here. President Biden has been criticized for spending a significant amount of time away from the Oval Office. According to the Republican National Committee, he has spent nearly 400 days out of office, which accounts for a whopping 40 percent of his presidency. And where has he been spending his time? Well, the beach seems to be a favorite destination.
Going to the beach in Delaware while having "no comment" on going to the beach in Maui.
That's Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/zLim2hLRKR
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While it’s understandable that everyone needs a break now and then, it’s concerning to see the president gallivanting around while the country faces numerous challenges. Rapper 50 Cent has called out Biden for his constant vacationing, highlighting the fact that America is grappling with domestic issues and conflicts overseas. And let’s not forget about the border crisis and the natural disasters that have struck our nation. One would think that the president would prioritize these pressing matters over leisurely outings.
The optics of these beach trips haven’t been very favorable for Biden either. His political rival, former President Donald Trump, couldn’t resist taking a swipe at him, remarking that Biden looked unsteady while walking on the sand. And it seems that the public is starting to question Biden’s fitness for office too. Polls indicate that he trails Trump by a significant margin, and a majority of Americans believe he is too old to run for a second term.
So, while the exchange between Abinader and Biden may have been light-hearted, it serves as a reminder of the president’s penchant for beach trips and the criticisms that come with it. Perhaps it’s time for Biden to trade in the sun and sand for a little more time in the Oval Office, addressing the pressing issues facing our nation.