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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Biden decks himself out in POTUS merchandise after spending President's Day at Camp David and returns to the White House in Air Force One aviator jacket and personalized 'Pop' cap

 President Joe Biden on Monday wrapped up his visit to Camp David with wife Jill and other family members, after spending the weekend celebrating Valentine's Day and playing Mario Kart.

The president and first lady hopped a short, 28-minute flight from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Joint Base Andrews after spending the long holiday weekend at the presidential retreat in the hills of Catoctin Mountain Park, in Frederick County, Maryland. 

Biden was decked out in presidential gear for the trip, wearing a brown aviator jacket with the Air Force One seal on one side and a name plate reading 'Joe Biden Commander in Chief' on the other. 

He also wore a hat given to him by his grandchildren. The front side of the brown baseball cap says 'Presidential Retreat Camp David' and the back reads 'Pop' - which is what Biden's grandkids call him.

'We bought him some swag since it's Presidents' Day weekend and he's "literally" President,' his grand daughter Naomi wrote on Twitter with pics of Biden wearing the cap.

Naomi Biden traveled back with her grandparents, accompanied by her boyfriend Peter Neal and her dog, Charlie. She wore a stocking cap with the Camp David seal on its brim. And when Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews, Charlie hopped into the Beast, as the president’s car is known, before he was directed to the correct vehicle.

The president switched coats on the plane from his short aviator jacket to a longer, dark overcoat.

The first lady wore a soft pink coat and snow boots. Both Bidens wore face masks. 

Joe Biden's brown aviator jacket had the Air Force One Seal on one side and a name plate reading 'Joe Biden Commander in Chief' on the other

Joe Biden's brown aviator jacket had the Air Force One Seal on one side and a name plate reading 'Joe Biden Commander in Chief' on the other

First lady Jill Biden wore snow boots for the trip from Camp David

First lady Jill Biden wore snow boots for the trip from Camp David

Jill Biden hugs granddaughter Naomi Biden as President Biden looks on

Jill Biden hugs granddaughter Naomi Biden as President Biden looks on

Biden's granddaughter Naomi and her boyfriend Peter Neal manage Naomi's dog Charlie - all three flew back from Camp David with President Biden and Jill Biden

Biden's granddaughter Naomi and her boyfriend Peter Neal manage Naomi's dog Charlie - all three flew back from Camp David with President Biden and Jill Biden

The back of Biden's cap reads 'Pop,' which is what his grandchildren call him

The back of Biden's cap reads 'Pop,' which is what his grandchildren call him

President Joe Biden waves as he prepares to board Air Force One after his weekend at Camp David

President Joe Biden waves as he prepares to board Air Force One after his weekend at Camp David

President Joe Biden changed into a longer overcoat on the plane while Jill Biden wore a soft pink coat for the trip back to the White House

President Joe Biden changed into a longer overcoat on the plane while Jill Biden wore a soft pink coat for the trip back to the White House

President Biden doffs his cap upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews - the hat bore the 'Camp David' logo and was a gift from his grandkids

President Biden doffs his cap upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews - the hat bore the 'Camp David' logo and was a gift from his grandkids

The motorcade carrying the Bidens departs Camp David

The motorcade carrying the Bidens departs Camp David

The Bidens took an unusual route back to the White House. Typically the trip to Camp David is done via Marine One from the South Lawn. But because of to bad weather conditions - it's foggy and hazy in the Washington D.C. area - the first couple made the short flight to JBA and then took the presidential motorcade home.

The duo appeared to enjoy the trip as short as it was. They chatted with crew members after landing at JBA. 

And, when they boarded the presidential plane in Maryland, they were spotted stopping in the vestibule and looking at cabins in each direction, kind of taking in the scene.

In addition to his first Valentine's Day as president, Biden was also marking his first President's Day as Commander in Chief. 

Jill Biden marked the occasion by tweeting a photo of Biden signing a piece of paper while sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

'All that he does, he does for you. Happy #PresidentsDay,' the first lady wrote.

Meanwhile, President Biden called Jill the 'love of his life' in a soppy Valentine's Day tweet.

The 78-year-old posted a picture of himself with his arms around his wife at last month's inauguration, writing: 'The love of my life and the life of my love. Happy Valentine's Day, Jilly.'

The couple, who have been married for 44 years, spent the holiday weekend at the president's country retreat in Maryland, to 'just hang out with the family and do what we always do,' Biden told reporters.

His granddaughter Naomi, one of Hunter's children, posted several pictures on social media, including Biden playing Mario Kart. 

She posted a clip to Instagram Stories of her racing against the president on Mario Kart Arcade GP as other members of the family look on.  

Jill Biden wished her husband Joe a Happy President's Day - his first as commander in chief

Jill Biden wished her husband Joe a Happy President's Day - his first as commander in chief

President Biden posted a recent picture of himself with his arms around his wife, writing: 'The love of my life and the life of my love. Happy Valentine's Day, Jilly.'

President Biden posted a recent picture of himself with his arms around his wife, writing: 'The love of my life and the life of my love. Happy Valentine's Day, Jilly.'

'Swag': Biden wearing a new baseball cap with an Air Force One bomber jacket

'Swag': Biden wearing a new baseball cap with an Air Force One bomber jacket

The back of Biden's cap read 'Pop' - it was a gift from his grandkids

The back of Biden's cap read 'Pop' - it was a gift from his grandkids


President Biden spent Saturday evening playing Mario Kart with his grandchildren after Donald Trump was acquitted of inciting insurrection at his impeachment trial

President Biden spent Saturday evening playing Mario Kart with his grandchildren after Donald Trump was acquitted of inciting insurrection at his impeachment trial


'Secret Service made an exception and let him drive himself!!!' Naomi captioned her short clip.

 'A little rusty, but he still won (barely),' she added. 

Biden cut a casual figure in blue jeans and a baseball cap during the Saturday night gaming. 

It appeared first lady Jill Biden was also watching them play, as a blonde woman was seen in the video hovering over the game in a green parka and black leggings. 

President Biden is known for spending time with his four granddaughters - Naomi, Finnegan, 21, Maisy, 20, and Natalie, 16. 

The girls affectionately call the president 'pop.' 

Biden also two grandsons - Robert Jr, 14, and Beau Jr, ten months. 

Meanwhile, the president and first lady are also grandparents to two-year-old Navy Joan - the product of their son Hunter's brief affair with Lunden Roberts, an Arkansas woman who was working at a D.C. strip club.  

It is not believed the Bidens have met the little girl. 

President Biden is known for spending time with his grandchildren. Pictured from left: Maisy Robert Jr., Naomi,  President Biden, Jill Biden, Finnegan, Ashley and Natalie

President Biden is known for spending time with his grandchildren. Pictured from left: Maisy Robert Jr., Naomi,  President Biden, Jill Biden, Finnegan, Ashley and Natalie

Jill and Joe Biden are pictured with their granddaughters Finnegan (left) and Naomi (right)

Jill and Joe Biden are pictured with their granddaughters Finnegan (left) and Naomi (right)

President Biden has a busy ahead of him.

On Tuesday, he travels to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a CNN townhall meeting.

On Thursday, he'll fly to Kalamazoo, Michigan to go to Pfizer’s manufacturing site to visit with the workers who are producing the COVID-19 vaccine. 

On Friday, Biden will attend a virtual meeting of G7 leaders to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and how to rebuild the world economy. The virtual meeting, hosted by the United Kingdom, will also include leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the European Commission and European Council. 

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