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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, both whom are vaccinated and boosted, were spotted Tuesday walking their new dog along an uncrowded (and practically empty) beach in Delaware.
The footage drew a considerable amount of attention because the president had on a mask. The first lady initially did too, though she soon removed hers.
Critics noted that it’s generally unnecessary to mask up outdoors, especially in uncrowded situations. They also noted the contrast between the president cheerily masking up while outdoors but continually not masking up when indoors.
To them, his stunt on the beach appeared to be yet another example of the endless “mask theatre” being perpetrated by wealthy, powerful left-wing elites:
Vaccinated and boosted Joe Biden is wearing a mask outside, on the beach, alone with his wife.
Mask theater is so absurd. https://t.co/tlKtyLwa0p
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) December 29, 2021
Biden is wearing a mask, outdoors, surrounded by nobody 🧐 pic.twitter.com/ZlxAg0eUM7
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) December 29, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden took their new German Shepherd puppy, Commander, out for a stroll on the beach pic.twitter.com/mdgKSaSMb4
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 29, 2021
Anyone have a freaking clue why, Joe Biden is wearing a mask while at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware?
He is going outside. pic.twitter.com/5BIeJ0VDnu
— Tired of being politically correct (@USBornNRaised) December 29, 2021
Biden, on the beach… in a mask. 🤦♀️ pic.twitter.com/Yesu4Ne2JH
— Mabel (@MabelisStable) December 29, 2021
The footage was captured a day after the president returned to Delaware reportedly for the 31st time since taking office for yet another vacation.
The beach walk in fact occurred “near their second home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware,” according to the Associated Press.
Biden, fresh off a Christmas break, heads to Delaware for the 31st time of the year https://t.co/o5Nes3Y3Gr
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) December 27, 2021
The footage was also captured a day after the president announced that he was essentially giving up on combating the coronavirus from the federal level.
He specifically said there’s “no federal solution” for the pandemic and that state governors must be the ones to tackle it.
The announcement triggered a bit of backlash (*Language warning):
Biden to USA: “Fuck off and figure it out.” https://t.co/pv4A38GICb
— Amy Alkon (@amyalkon) December 27, 2021
But he wasn’t wrong about the need for the federal government to back off.
Critics have argued though that he owes Republican governors like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis an apology. Back in August, the president lectured DeSantis to “get out of the way” because he disagreed with the governor’s COVID approach.
Critics have also drawn attention to all the criticism he’d had for former President Donald Trump, given as the conditions on the ground in the U.S. are virtually identical to how they’d been during his predecessor’s tenure.
The one difference, of course, is that Trump didn’t have the benefit of multiple COVID vaccines and therapeutics being readily available.
This is *exactly* what Biden ran against.
A line from his Covid plan attacking “the Trump fiasco”: “In Arizona, this past week, Americans with COVID-19 have had to wait in baking hot cars in miles-long lines for a test, and those were the lucky ones.”https://t.co/MEVvsWL5MJ
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) December 28, 2021
All this said, the president did perform a Faucian 180 while in Rehoboth Beach, telling reporters who were on site that he’ll institute a vaccine requirement for domestic travel “when I get a recommendation from the medical team.”
The remarks suggested that he hadn’t been serious about there being “no federal solution” to the pandemic and intends to keep interfering through executive fiat, despite what he’d said only two days ago.
Tonight @POTUS and @FLOTUS took new first pup Commander out for a beach stroll – President Biden told press gathered he has not spoken to @Sen_JoeManchin this week & will make a decision on requiring vaccines for domestic travel “when I get a recommendation from the medical team” pic.twitter.com/xo9C6QzYHH
— Gabrielle Ake (@gabrielle_ake) December 28, 2021
Biden on Covid December 27th, 2021:
“There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level.”
Biden on Covid December 28th, 2021:
(In regards to a federal gov domestic travel vaccine requirement)
“when I get a recommendation from the medical team.”
— Conservative Momma (@conmomma) December 29, 2021
So there is no federal solution to the hoax virus but let’s try shutting down domestic travel. Give me a few minutes to think about that. So this imbecile offers a federal proposal to shut down domestic travel for something that does not have a federal solution.
— moral right 🇺🇸 (@moral_right) December 29, 2021
This abrupt change in rhetoric fits a pattern of him being all over the place. One minute he’ll wear a mask on the beach, as seen here, and the other minute he and the first lady will walk through a crowded restaurant completely unmasked.
There seems to be no logic and consistency to their actions — unlike the actions of DeSantis, incidentally.
Throughout the pandemic, the Florida governor has sought to prioritize protecting the elderly and immunocompromised while allowing those at low risk to continue their lives as normally as before.
His policies have led to Florida becoming one of the leading destinations for disgruntled Americans living in blue states seeking an escape hatch.
Biden’s policies meanwhile have led to him suffering from disapproval rates not seen since the Carter administration …
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