WASHINGTON — President Biden told middle school students on their first day of class Monday that he understands it’s difficult to come back when you’ve “don’t get work done” — after receiving Republican criticism for spending most of the last month in the had spent vacation.
“Tell you what, I think the hardest part is when you come back – what’s up baby? You look at me and say, ‘I don’t want to be in that math class’?” Biden told the students at Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill, pausing to call a young student.
“The hardest thing,” the president continued, “is coming back after three months of not doing any work, not doing your homework, and all of a sudden you have a lot to do — everyone has a lot to catch up on.” Late last year. “
The 80-year-old president had a mixed reception at school. A young girl shook his hand excitedly and exclaimed, “I’m going to be famous!”
Another student sitting in the front row was less enthusiastic, pulling his sweatshirt hood over his head and appearing to be napping during Biden’s remarks.
The student stayed in that position until Biden walked across the room shaking and waving his fingers in front of her face to wake her.
He whispered something to the sleepy student, whose gender was unclear to reporters, and appeared to pat him on the cheek before walking across the room.
Biden returned Saturday from a week-long vacation on Lake Tahoe, Nevada, at billionaire Tom Steyer’s waterfront mansion.
Before his trip to Lake Tahoe — from which he took a day trip on Aug. 21 to view the Maui wildfire damage — Biden enjoyed relaxing at his two homes in Delaware — he resided in from July 28 to August 7 his home in Rehoboth Beach and his residence in Wilmington, and then returned to Rehoboth August 11-14.
The President is expected to return to the coast on Friday for a long Labor Day weekend.