During the initial leg of his first international trip as president of the United States, Joe Biden expressed a sentiment likely to garner the tacit support of millions of Americans by remarking – albeit jokingly – that he did not wish to return home, as Breitbart reported.
Ahead of Biden’s visit to the G-7 summit, the president and wife Jill spent some time with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his spouse, Carrie, taking in the vistas overlooking Carbis Bay in the well-known coastal region of Cornwall, England, as ABC News noted.
Marveling at the stunning geography before him, Biden declared, “This is gorgeous. I don’t want to go home,” paying no mind to the cloud cover and mist that marred their exploration.
Biden’s journey abroad is set to span eight days and will include stops in the UK, Belgium, and Switzerland, according to Reuters, with the G-7 summit and a scheduled meeting with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle among the most notable events on the agenda.
Though in the past, Biden blasted Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of former President Donald Trump, the pair put on a friendly show of things Thursday, with the American commander in chief jocularly noting that both he and his UK counterpart “married way above our station.”
The comment prompted Johnson to reply, “I’m not going to disagree with the president on that, or indeed on anything else, I think highly likely,” indicating the leaders’ apparent desire to create a united front and emphasize the importance of the relationship between the two nations ahead of the summit.
According to ABC News, key issues for discussion between the two will be a “pressing set of global challenges” including climate change, COVID-19, Indo-Pacific challenges, the Middle East, and more.
While Biden’s comment about not wanting to return home was surely made in jest and offered as a tribute to the natural glories of his host nation, it was not the first time he has made a similar remark. Back in March, the president told the prime minister of Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day that perhaps his ancestors should never have departed the Emerald Isle, recounting, “I wondered why the hell we left in the first place; it’s beautiful.”
Considering the wide array of challenges that await Biden upon his return, ranging from rising inflation to disappointing jobs numbers to the unchecked migrant surge at the southern border, one can hardly blame the president for wistfully longing for an extended European reprieve.