President will be absent from first lady's tour of midwestern schools

 August 28, 2023

Indianapolis' Fox 59 reported on Sunday that the White House is sending First Lady Jill Biden on a tour this week to highlight the importance of school mental health resources.

In addition to Indianapolis, she is also expected to make stops in Chicago and Madison. Yet while Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy will accompany the first lady, her husband will be absent. 

First lady has taken multiple solo trips

This is far from being the first time she has left President Joe Biden at home, as Mrs. Biden made headlines in May when she embarked on a solo tour of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

The New York Daily News reported that the First Lady attended Jordanian Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II's wedding to Saudi architect Rajwa Khalid Alseif.

Meanwhile, The Times of Israel has noted how Biden had stops in Egypt and Morocco where she highlighted to women and young people the American policies aimed at uplifting them.

"The first lady believes that supporting youth across the world is critical to our common future, with education, health, and empowerment at the heart of it," spokesperson Vanessa Valdivia was quoted as telling the Times in an email.

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"With her visit to the Middle East and North Africa, the first lady will continue to build on her work to empower young people, and reaffirm our commitment to strengthen our partnerships and advance our shared priorities in the region," Valdivia went on to add.

That trip came on the heels of Mrs. Biden's trip to the United Kingdom where she represented the United States at King Charles' coronation.

The Daily Telegraph pointed to an unnamed White House source who said the president remained in Washington over fears he did not have enough energy to attend the event given how he was already scheduled to visit Northern Ireland and the G7 summit in Japan.

"The guy is 80," the source remarked before explaining that White House staff "space out his big bursts of activity quite considerably."

Poll finds 77% of Americans think Biden is too old for another term

It is unclear whether the president's absence from his wife's school tour will further stoke uncertainty over his mental acuity.

According to the Associated Press, a NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted between August 10 and August 14 found that 77% of Americans believe Biden is too old for another four-year term.

While that view was most common among Republicans, it was also shared by 74% of independents and even 69% of Democrats.

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