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Kia what? Where is Kia? Biden returns to quiet Kiawah Island for vacation

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Disembark Air Force One at Charleston Air Force Base, North Charleston, South Carolina, August 10, 2022.  NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

Kiawah Island, SC – Usually President Biden gets a little R&When looking for R, he returns to Delaware - he has done so dozens of times already this year.  

Return. This location is not well known to Americans who have followed his movements, but one day it may be remembered by Americans alongside the location of the president's vacation. Like Kennebunkport and Rancho del Cielo — despite the fact that Mr. Biden doesn't own a home in Kiawah.

After more than two weeks of his COVID-19 quarantine, the president's official summer vacation will begin Wednesday night at this quiet seaside location. It starts in town and continues until the president heads next Tuesday. Back in Delaware, Wilmington and Rehoboth stretched out at his beach home. In the meantime, the White House grounds and facilities staff will continue his project of maintenance around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This is the kind of construction and renovation that can only be completed when the President is out of town. U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in turmoil 

Political and personal reasons – 2020 state Democratic primaries key victory ahead, a journey that friends believe helped him begin to bank decades of goodwill with important operatives and voters.  

"One of the reasons he beat everyone in the South Carolina primary was not just his work with Jim Cliburn, but a lot of people in this state, a lot of Democrats. "I have a long-standing relationship with members of the Democratic Party," said Dick Harputrian, a South Carolina senator and former chairman of the state Democratic Party and a longtime political adviser to Biden. I think he's at home here.This is where he's been coming for his vacations for years, and he enjoys some degree of insulation, even if it's not completely insulated." 

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the president's vacation. Came to this point above. It began at the invitation of his good friend, the late Democratic Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings. Hollings lived in the area and formed an attachment to Biden in the 1970s. death of his wife and young daughter. 

Since then, he has returned to Palmetto State for countless Democratic fundraising dinners, headlined friend Rep. and praised the late Republican Senator Strom. Thurmond, and on vacation, including five during his time as Vice President. 

His last visit to Kiawa as Vice President was in 2015,shortly after his eldest son Beau Bidendied. I'm dad," he said. 

This visit coincided with widespread media speculation that he was about to run for president in his 2016 election. Ultimately, despite long conversations with family and friends, and the public endorsement expressed by South Carolina allies while on vacation, he believed he could win the nomination. I have decided not to participate in the race. 

Kiour is a wealthy neighborhood of only 13 square miles. Home to about 1,600 people, it is best known as a private he beach and golf destination. Originally used for logging and ranching, it has been seriously developed as a holiday destination since the 1980s. 

A place Biden is set to visit far less frequently than Delaware. According to a recent Wall Street Journal analysis conducted by former CBS News Radio White House correspondent Marc Noller,[58] Mr. Biden, during his first 18 months in office, Visited Delaware his 46th and Camp David his 18th. So this summer's spot is George H. Bush's Kennebunkport, Maine hideaway, George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, or Barack Obama's favorite Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii Christmas vacation. .  

But Harputrian says one of his reasons the president likes Kiawah is because it's so "calm" and "not very commercial."  

"I remember coming to play golf with him when he was VP. He could move around without drawing crowds if he wanted to." I did," he said. 

That would be much harder now. And the Harputrian urged his old friend to go into hiding. 

As Democrats gear up for Friday's final passage of major health care and climate change bills, the president has spent more than a year negotiating with lawmakers and has signed a bipartisan vote this week. If so, it's time for him to take a victory lap in his heart and relax enjoying his success," Harputrian said. I don't think I'll ever see him doing any kind of political activity and I advise him not to." 

Ed O'Keeffe
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Ed O'Keefe is a Senior White House and Political Correspondent for CBS News, based in Washington, D.C.

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