Biden trapped on Air Force One amid DC blizzard

The president’s first official workday of 2022 got off to a rocky start.

According to reports, Air Force One was grounded during a snowstorm this week as President Joe Biden remained trapped on board.

Crews work to clear tarmac

Biden was stuck on the tarmac for about 30 minutes as crews cleared the surface and provide a safe exit from the jet.

He could be seen steadying himself on the railing as he made his way through a blizzard that had dumped about six inches of snow in D.C. and shut down various federal offices.

A Secret Service agent followed closely behind Biden in what the Daily Mail called an “unusual” display of caution.

The inclement weather also forced the presidential motorcade to take a slower journey back to the White House with the trip taking about twice as long as normal.

Biden was luckier than hundreds of drivers stranded along a stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia, however.

First year in office draws to close

The president had spent six days at his home in Delaware during the holidays. On Monday, he attended an event addressing the soaring cost of meat. Citing the closure of federal offices, the White House confirmed that press secretary Jen Psaki had canceled her first briefing of the year.

Biden prepares to enter the second year of his term with sinking poll numbers and widespread concerns about his cognitive health. Although he campaigned on a platform promising that “America is back,” the country has suffered from rampant inflation, deepening political divisions, and his administration’s unpopular foreign policy decisions.

On Tuesday, the president had returned to business as usual, using his bully pulpit to describe COVID-19 as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” — despite a recent surge in infections among Americans who have been vaccinated and received a booster shot.

Although it is clear from recent polls that many Americans have a pessimistic view of the United States under Biden’s leadership, he sought to strike an optimistic tone in his recent remarks, though he appeared to forget what year he was ushering in.

“There’s a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020,” the president said at one point in his address.

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