This weekend marked the president’s seventh trip home as president as the country returns to some semblance of normal amid the coronavirus pandemic and a day after he cleared his 100th in office.
Presidents never experience "a true weekend or true vacation," according to Eric Schultz, a White House principal deputy press secretary for former President Barack Obama.
"The office and the responsibilities follow you wherever you go," Schultz told the Washington Examiner. "Given the nature of the job, there’s no clean break from the work when President Biden is in White House residence or even back home in Delaware."
Biden uses his weekends to "take a moment, to take a breath" since he has a "limited amount of free time" as the "leader of the free world," Psaki told reporters.
"The president is very close with his family — not just Dr. Biden, of course, but his grandchildren. He has the opportunity to see them, at times, over the weekend and also see his kids," she said of first lady Jill Biden. "That's important to him and an important way of how he spends time. Like many Americans, of course, he enjoys movies. And he has two dogs he loves."
Early in his presidency, the White House offered more details concerning Biden's weekend plans.
But recent White House statements have been scant in comparison.
“Today, the president is meeting with members of his senior team. The president has no public events scheduled,” an official said in April.
In defense of Biden's weekends, Schultz was adamant it was important for the 78-year-old to "recharge."
"None of us want the president running on empty — so the trick for every president is to find ways to clear their minds, release some tension, and stay well," he said.
While they are not privy to what happens in the White House residence, reporters have gauged Biden's weekends by joining the pool that trails him whenever he leaves the executive compound.
When in Delaware, Joe Biden worships at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington. His first wife, Neilia, daughter Naomi, and son Beau are buried on the historic church's grounds. And Beau's son Hunter, who turns 15 this year, was confirmed there in April.
"They spent some minutes outside the doors for photos and chatting," Agence France-Presse's Sebastian Smith wrote. "Jill Biden then walked to her SUV and re-emerged with a bouquet of flowers that she took to the other side of the church, where the Biden family graves, including that of Beau, are located."
Biden told reporters he first flew in Air Force One as president to travel to Delaware for Super Bowl weekend to “see my grandchildren and hang out with Jill," as well as move more of his belongings from his lakeside house to the White House.