Biden takes Columbus Day off, attends wedding as crises and disapproval threaten agenda
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President Joe Biden took a day off for Columbus Day in Delaware — along with a stop at a wedding nearby in Pennsylvania — as his crises tank approval ratings and threaten his agenda.
President Biden took the day off work Monday for some Columbus Day R&R in Delaware — along with a stop at a wedding nearby in Pennsylvania — despite crises that are tanking his approval ratings and threatening his agenda.

Biden's schedule listed just one public event, a 4:20 p.m. return to the White House, despite fresh fears about slowing jobs growth, a migration crisis on the southern border and a spending fight in Congress that could define his legacy.

In an unscheduled addition to his activities, Biden drove just across the state line to attend what the White House called "a small, family wedding" at the home of his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and her husband.

"[Biden's] nephew, Cuffe Owens, is marrying Meghan O'Toole King," the White House said.

The president's approval rating slumped in polling results released last week — increasing Democrats' concerns about losing their narrow majorities in the House and Senate in 2022 midterm elections.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll found 52 percent disapproved of Biden's performance and 45 percent approved. Quinnipiac University found 53 percent disapproval and just 40 percent approval.

Biden's approval rating was pulled down by a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and by the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan at the end of August, which left behind hundreds of Americans and thousands of…
Steven Nelson
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