President Joe Biden and his wife were heading to their Delaware beach house Wednesday night to help the first lady celebrate that personal milestone Thursday.
The trip makes for a rare weekday getaway from the White House for a president. It will also be the president’s first visit to the couple’s Rehoboth Beach home since taking office in January.
The Bidens were expected to return to the White House on Friday.
Jill Biden, a longtime community college English teacher, recently finished virtually teaching a course for Northern Virginia Community College. She won’t teach during the summer either.
Biden talks often about how proud he is of his wife of nearly 44 years.
“Teaching is not what Jill does. Teaching is who she is,” Biden said last week, echoing his wife’s description of herself. “And she has done it, her entire adult life, and she still does.”
Biden said his wife had vowed to continue teaching as first lady.
“But I don’t think she thought about having to teach online initially,” he joked, adding that she spent a lot of time, “four hours a day for about a month,” learning to teach virtually, as most of the education was done. that way during the pandemic.
Biden bought the beach house for $ 2.7 million in 2017, after leaving the vice presidency and with the help of an $ 8 million multi-book deal that he and his wife signed.
The house is on a cul-de-sac in North Shores, north of the resort town of Rehoboth Beach. It has a pool overlooking Cape Henlopen State Park, is a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and a short drive from downtown Rehoboth Beach.
The Bidens moved in less than two years after their son Beau, a former Delaware attorney general and member of the Delaware Army National Guard, died of brain cancer in May 2015. A sign on the house reads “The Gift of Beau “; another sign says “Forever Jill”.
Jill Biden said fashion magazine that her husband had promised her that “when I write my book, I will buy you a house on the beach.”
She added, “I wanted it to be the kind of place where you can get into your wet bathing suit barefoot and I can just take the broom and brush the sand,” she told Vogue for the March 2020 article. It is what it is. Everything is easy. ”
Joe Biden spent time in Rehoboth Beach during the 2020 presidential campaign, including after the Democratic National Convention and after becoming president-elect.
So far, Biden has spent most of his weekends as president at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.