Published December 23, 2015
Delaware was pounded by Hurricane Irene on Saturday night, but Vice President Biden got in one last round of golf in his home state before the heavy stuff started coming down, Fox News has learned.
Biden played golf at a Wilmington-area course on Saturday morning, according to two sources familiar with his schedule.
Asked directly whether Biden played golf on Saturday, Biden's office would not comment to Fox News.
Biden's official schedule released Friday showed him spending down time at home in Wilmington after a 10-day official trip to Asia.
Later on Saturday with gusts of wind measuring up to 58 mph in one part of the state, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell ordered "driving restrictions" statewide, according to Delaware Online.
While driving a golf ball may not have been restricted, Markell decided to ban non-emergency driving of vehicles starting at 6 p.m. ET in Sussex County, along the coast. The same restrictions applied at 8 p.m. in Kent County and 10 p.m. in New Castle County.
Around the time that Biden was reported to be playing golf, President Obama visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington for a high-level briefing on preparations for the storm that is slamming the East Coast of the nation.
Obama praised FEMA officials for their hard work and said it will be "touch and go" over the next couple of days as the damage spreads.
"It's going to be a long 72 hours, and obviously a lot of families are going to be affected," Obama added in the midday event, after a conference call earlier in the morning on the storm.
Biden was not listed on the morning conference call that included FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and "other senior members of his emergency management team," according to a White House press release.
An evening press release from the White House said that the president had convened another conference call that this time included the vice president, Fugate, Napolitano and Energy Secretary Stephen Chu after hundreds of thousands of people lost power.