President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were present at a dramatic incident on Sunday night when a motorist struck an SUV that was a part of the President’s convoy. The Bidens had just finished lunch with colleagues when they collided outside the President’s campaign offices in Wilmington, Delaware.
Around eight o’clock at night, the protective procession was interrupted when a silver Ford vehicle with Delaware plates struck the side of a black U.S. Secret Service SUV. The President and First Lady were leaving the facility at that time. The sedan tried to proceed through the blocked crossing, but Secret Service operatives moved quickly to surround it, pulled out their firearms, and told the driver to raise his hands.
The driver who was involved in the collision has not been identified. While reporters and photographers at the scene were swiftly escorted away for their protection, the driver obeyed the authorities’ orders.
The incident happened in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building, a prominent area where senators from the United States have traditionally held high-profile interrogations, notably those involving nominations to the Supreme Court. President Biden was shocked by the loud impact and could be heard saying, “Wow!” as he turned to face the sound, clearly surprised. It took the Secret Service agents over ten seconds to carefully accompany the President into his car, looking similarly stunned.
President Biden and the first lady, who was already in the car, were taken quickly back to their house. In the encounter, neither was hurt. The ceremony had little bearing on the President’s schedule, and the couple reached their Delaware home at about 8:20 p.m.
The cause of the collision is yet unknown, and the US Secret Service has not yet responded to the incident. Since the surprise breach happened in full view of reporters and photographers covering Biden, the event has sparked questions about the strict protection that usually envelops the President.
This incident highlights the need for ongoing attention to detail in presidential security as well as the unpredictability of these kinds of operations. The Secret Service officers’ prompt action in guaranteeing the safety of the President and First Lady underscores the significance of their involvement in such unanticipated circumstances.