There was already a lot of noise about Joe Biden’s first overseas trip as president, addressing issues such as the “special relationship” with Britain, European unity against authoritarian power in Russia and China, and confronting Vladimir Putin on cybercrime. .
But Washington’s political buzz became all too literal on Wednesday when the US president was bombarded with large bugs as he prepared to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland en route to the UK.
Crossing the tarmac to the familiar blue and white presidential jumbo jet, Biden was talking to some military escorts when he gave a quick swipe to the side of the neck.
The cicadas were on the attack. You cicadas sound, not to mention the look and feel of these beastly visitors, it has become a kind of obsession on the east coast of the United States and in some Midwestern states in recent weeks, after a huge brood emerged after 17 years underground.
After slapping himself warmly, Biden walked over to the assembled press and joked, “Watch out for the cicadas. He caught me. I caught one.”
Even on television, the great winged creatures could be seen darting through the air of the military base.
But while Biden literally wiped out the attack, some media outlets had been delayed by more than seven hours the night before after the charter plane that had brought them to England before Biden was overrun by cicadas at nearby Dulles Airport. of Washington.
The reporters eventually got underway, but they will no doubt be stung by having to start their journey late and with extra jet lag.