Before bike bobble, Biden takes Herring Point selfie

Leslie Padilla didn’t realize president was in town until she saw Secret Service
June 20, 2022

Story Location:
Herring Point
Cape Henlopen State Park
Lewes, DE 19958
United States

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary over Father’s Day weekend at their North Shores home.

Prior to a bike fall reported around the world, Joe visited the bench at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park that’s been placed in honor of his late son Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, who died from cancer May 30, 2015.

Gazette reader Leslie Padilla shared a few photos from her brief interaction with the president, including a selfie she took with him.

Padilla said she was at Herring Point Beach in Cape Henlopen State Park for about 90 minutes, beginning at 7:30 a.m. She said as she was walking up the path back to the parking lot, she noticed the president’s security.

“When I came off the beach, I immediately saw the parking lot filled with armed guards, but had no idea Biden was in town, so initially thought there was a different type of security issue,” said Padilla in an email June 18. “Biden and his security detail were all very nice to the three people who were in the parking lot with me, and Biden took this selfie himself with my phone.”

Padilla wasn’t the only person to get a picture with Joe. The Eriksens also got their photos taken with the president while he was at Herring Point. Mom Jessi was kind enough to send them in.

In addition to joining Joe on the bike ride, Jill was also seen in the walkway next to Browseabout Books downtown by Henlopen Acres Mayor Joni Reich. No photo though, said Reich in an email.

The Bidens were still in town as of press deadline for the Tuesday, June 21 issue of the Gazette. According to the White House’s Daily Guidance, they were scheduled to depart at 8:55 p.m., Monday, June 20.


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