Biden left the White House before noon on Friday, hours before the Pentagon held a late-afternoon briefing to announce that US forces had badly mishandled a drone strike in Kabul, killing 10 innocent civilians.
Meanwhile, as the day proceeded, France recalled its ambassador to the US in outrage over the new AUKUS security pact, the US Food and Drug Administration denied Biden's call for widespread COVID booster shots, and a poor camp of 12,000 Haitian migrants kept growing near the border in Texas.
The Secret Service dumped Biden off at his mansion in Rehoboth Beach at 1.37 pm, and he intends to spend the weekend there with the First Lady, with no events on his public schedule.
White House press Secretary Jen Psaki has said in the past that leaders never fully go on vacation, noting that Biden travels with a national security aide and gets regularly briefed when he is out of the White House.
Before skipping town to get an early jump on the weekend, Biden did work from the Oval Office in the morning, gathering a forum on climate change and receiving his daily intelligence briefing.
Fox's Sean Hannity slammed Biden's commitment to the nation on Friday by deciding to go to the beach while the US deals with an influx of immigrants from Haiti, the continuing problems in Afghanistan, and the aftermath between America and France over the Australian nuclear submarine deal.
"If he's too weak and frail and slow to handle the job seven days a week, he should step down and retire because right now... there are serious crises on multiple fronts."
Hours after Biden arrived in Rehoboth Beach, the Pentagon made a remarkable and disturbing reversal, admitting that the August 29 drone strike in Kabul killed an innocent aid worker and nine of his family members, including seven children.
"Our investigation now concludes that the strike was a tragic mistake,"said the head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie.
US officials had for weeks defended the botched strike, with Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark A. Milley calling it "righteous" when pressed on civilian casualties.