There were already many rumors about Joe Biden’s first trip abroad as president, addressing issues such as the “special relationship” with Britain, European unity against authoritarian power in Russia and China, and addressing Vladimir Putin on cybercrime.
But Washington’s political buzz got too literal on Wednesday when the US president was bombarded by large insects as he prepared to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on his way to the UK.
Walking down the runway toward the familiar blue and white presidential jumbo jet, Biden was talking to some military escorts when he took a quick blow to the side of the neck.
The cicadas were on the attack. The sound of cicadas, not to mention the look and feel of these beastly visitors, has become something of an obsession on the US East Coast and some Midwestern states in recent weeks, after a large brood emerged after 17 years underground.
After giving himself a good slap, Biden approached the assembled press and joked, “Watch out for cicadas. It got me. I have one. “
Even on television, the large winged creatures could be seen buzzing through the air at the military base.
But while Biden literally downplayed the attack, the previous night some members of the press corps had been delayed more than seven hours after the charter plane taking them to England before Biden was invaded by cicadas at nearby Washington Dulles Airport. .
The journalists have finally gotten going, but will no doubt be affected by having to start their journey late and with an additional jet lag.