Biden Returns from Island Vacation with Serious Sunburn
President Joe Biden displayed a noticeable red sunburn as he concluded his Caribbean vacation, raising concerns about his health.
Biden, who had a cancerous skin lesion removed during his annual physical in February, was seen with a sunburned face before departing the U.S. Virgin Islands to return to the White House.
Biden leaves St. Croix with wicked sunburn after 7-day island vacay — nearly a year after skin cancer surgeryhttps://t.co/GGfZRtqVPH
— Ronald Bailey (@RonaldB35030375) January 3, 2024
While shaking hands on the tarmac of Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in Christianland, St. Croix, before boarding Air Force One with First Lady Jill Biden, the president's sunburn became apparent.
Scientific studies have consistently linked tanning to an increased risk of skin cancer and other health issues, with the majority of skin cancer diagnoses in the U.S. attributed to sun exposure, as reported by the American Cancer Center.
Twitter users swiftly responded to images of Biden's intense sun exposure, with some questioning the absence of Dr. Jill Biden.
The president's sunburn incident follows the removal of a cancerous skin lesion from his chest during his annual physical last February.
Health officials and scientific studies have consistently emphasized the risks associated with tanning.
During his vacation at the three-bedroom beachfront home of Bill and Connie Neville in St. Croix, Biden, accompanied by his wife and granddaughter Natalie, faced criticism from House Republican lawmakers.
The secluded villa, usually a VRBO rental, features an in-ground pool and picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea and an offshore island.
Despite the concerns raised during a period when the U.S. is grappling with a significant border crisis, Biden expressed his New Year's resolution to return to the Caribbean next year.
The president's latest trip also marks yet another vacation to add to his record number of days out of the office during his term as president.