Biden watches sunrise and goes to church to open 2023 at USVI

CHRISTIANSTED, US Virgin Islands (AP) — President Joe Biden opened the first day of the new year by watching his first sunrise and attending mass at a Roman Catholic church in the US Virgin Islands.

Biden worshiped at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Christiansted on Sunday, where he has attended church services during past visits to Holy Cross Island.

Asked about New Year’s resolutions upon leaving church, Biden replied, “Happy New Year next year. I can not wait to be there. He gave a thumbs up.

Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, woke up at 6:30 a.m. to watch the sunrise from the secluded beach outside the home where they are staying in the Solitude Bay area of ​​St. Croix, sources said. White House officials.

One of their island vacation traditions has been to join dozens of residents at Point Udall, the island’s most easterly point, to watch the first sunrise of a new year. Biden, who travels with a heavy security presence, remained absent on Sunday.

He spent New Year’s Eve at the house, which is owned by their friends Bill and Connie Neville.

Before time runs out in 2022, Biden and the first lady wished fellow Americans a Happy New Year during a taped appearance on Saturday’s broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest from ABC.

Asked about his message for 2023, Biden said “optimism.”

“I’ve never been so optimistic about America in my entire career. And you know, what’s interesting is that we’ve been through so much, the pandemic, through a whole range of things Look how the American people fought and they stood up There’s nothing that can hold them back We’re the most unique country in the world, we’re a product of possibilities That’s what in what we believe and so I just think, I’m really optimistic.”

The first lady encouraged people to “engage in an act of kindness” and “to take care of each other and above all to take care of your health this year”.

“Go get that COVID vaccine and get your flu shot,” she said.

Biden has kept a relatively low profile since arriving in St. Croix after dark last Tuesday.

His first public appearance came on Friday when he and his 16-year-old grandson Hunter played golf at the Buccaneer Hotel and Golf Resort in Christiansted.

Later Friday, the Bidens taped the appearance with Seacrest, then took Hunter and his sister, Natalie, 18, to dinner at one of the island’s top restaurants.

Biden was due to return to the White House on Monday.


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