Aug 14 – President Joe Biden finally arrived in South Carolina on Wednesday to spend most of next week on Kiawah Island, an oceanfront golf resort he has visited in the past, due to his coronavirus infection.
He was greeted by hundreds of people, mostly supporters, who lined the street with American flags and other signs, including some critical ones.
Kiawah’s Ocean Course was the site of Phil Mickelson’s 2021 PGA Championship victory and the U.S. team’s victory over Europe in the 1991 Ryder Cup.
Biden has spent many weekends at his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, but has not been to Kiawah Island since taking office in January 2021.
He was a regular visitor to the island south of Charleston as vice president.
Biden, who was joined by first lady Jill Biden and other family members, lived in a house on the island.
Biden, 79, had just gotten over a bout of COVID-19 and had a persistent cough as of Tuesday.
Presidents in the past have held press conferences before leaving for their traditional August vacation, but Biden didn’t have one this time.
Before leaving, he signed the PACT Act, which expands Veterans Administration health care and benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances in burn pits and elsewhere.
Biden left Washington after a string of recent legislative successes, including a bill he signed Tuesday to boost the U.S. semiconductor industry.
Those victories helped boost Biden’s public approval rating to 40%, the highest level since early June, according to a poll completed on Tuesday.
Despite the victory, Democrats have been embroiled in a debate over whether Biden should seek re-election in 2024 or turn to a younger candidate to lead the party going forward.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reiterated Tuesday that Biden plans to run for another four-year term in 2024.
Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden had not been given a heads-up before Monday’s FBI raid in Palm Beach, Florida, where his predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, lived.