Joe Biden spent Monday evening handing out Halloween candy to young children at the White House for over an hour Democrats try to avoid a nightmare scenario in next week’s election.
The President together with Jill Biden and granddaughter Naomi, welcomed the children of local firefighters, nurses, police officers and members of the National Guard to a treat at the White House.
The rain did not stop the children, even some candidates from the Democratic Party were shy to appear on the campaign trail with the president.
Biden himself avoided several of them states on the battlefield which helped elect him to the Oval Office when Democrats lost control of the House on Nov. 8. The Senate is believed to be more capricious.
Scary music played as the president and first lady stood in the rainy weather, welcoming a flurry of witches, wizards, astronauts, superheroes and animals. Jill Biden got into the spirit wearing a bow tie with a purple wig and turquoise wings.
The president is struggling with low approval ratings and disenchantment with voters in an economy where the cost of living has risen due to rising inflation.
Biden, wearing a baseball cap and a blue raincoat, joked that he didn’t have time to buy a suit. He also did not have much time to devote to the election campaign.
And when asked how he feels about the midterm elections, the president answered: “Today is Halloween! That’s how I feel about them.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden wore a bow tie as she and President Joe Biden welcomed the children to the White House on Monday night
The decorations featured a spooky town theme, complete with buildings, pumpkins and splashes of orange
Biden pretended to be scared by a guy in a really scary outfit – dressed as Michael Myers from the Halloween movie series
Others chose more colorful costumes, with several children dressing up as birds with feathers
Among the candy handed out were Hershey’s Kisses with custom White House labels
The president appeared calm as he interacted with children and their parents for more than an hour — while Democratic candidates across the country nervously watched the clock tick down to the midterm elections.
One of the Bidens’ granddaughters, Naomi, was also briefly seen handing out candy at the event with her grandparents
The president also stopped to pose for selfies with some of the attendees who had lined up to meet him
Dr. Biden was generous with her candy basket, sometimes allowing children to reach back for second helpings
In the background, the Marine Corps Presidential Band played spooky tunes and cinematic tracks such as the Game of Thrones theme song, the Sweeney Todd theme song and music from Ghostbusters and The Phantom of the Opera.
Of the 14 states with the most competitive Senate and gubernatorial races based on rankings from the Cook Political Report, Biden has visited six since Sept. 1, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
Biden hasn’t been to Arizona, Nevada or Georgia — the three states that helped land the White House — and he’s not expected to.
He also doesn’t make additional stops in Wisconsin or Michigan, two other states that helped get him elected president.
However, he is heading to Florida on Tuesday to campaign with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who is running against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Val Demings, who is running against GOP Sen. Marco Rubio.
Both Crist and Demings currently serve in the House of Representatives.
Biden will also campaign in New Mexico on Thursday and then in Pennsylvania on Saturday.
But on Monday night there were no worries about the election. Biden showed some fear, but he pretended to be afraid of a little boy dressed as Michael Myers from the Halloween movies.
The president also pretended to be scared by a child dressed as the Phantom of the Opera, pretending to be shaking with fear while giving the boy a piece of candy.
He kissed the baby’s forehead and saluted the astronaut. The president, who is a staunch Catholic, rechristened the boy in a monk’s suit.
The Bidens handed out Hershey Kisses in a box with the president’s signature and fun-sized bars.
Biden was asked how he felt about the upcoming midterm elections, which are just over a week away, and he said, “Today is Halloween! That’s how I feel about them
The president has no apparent plans to visit Arizona, Nevada or Georgia ahead of the Nov. 8 races
The Halloween festivities come just before Biden travels to Florida on Tuesday to campaign with Democrats fighting to unseat Republican incumbents
He is also scheduled to travel to New Mexico and Pennsylvania for the Democratic primary on Nov. 8.
The president ended the evening by waving to White House guests from the balcony before turning to share words with members of the president’s own Marine Corps Band
They were standing on the South Meadow. The White House has been decorated for Halloween with fall foliage and fall flowers, and silhouetted neighborhoods of homes and public buildings will illuminate the South Portico. The expressions of a black cat appeared around the houses. Pumpkins were stacked along the stairs.
Some administration officials made their way through the line: Secretary of State Tony Blinken, whose children wore costumes, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, whose children were dressed as Spider-Man and Spider-Man from Spider-Man. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre brought her little daughter to the celebration.
Several Cabinet departments and agencies also participated in the event, including the Departments of Education and Transportation, as well as NASA, the US Secret Service, the Peace Corps, the White House Fire Brigade and the White House Military Office.
At least one member of Congress was also in attendance — California Democratic Rep. Ro Hanna appeared to forgo the costume, but his wife was dressed as a donut and his kids as treats.
Monday marked the first time the Bidens hosted Halloween treats at the White House. Last year, they were on an official trip to Europe for the holiday, and the White House was lit up in orange instead.
Halloween has been celebrated at the White House since the mid-20th century, according to the White House Historical Association.
Mamie Eisenhower first decorated the White House for Halloween in 1958.
Since then, the White House has traditionally hosted Halloween celebrations.