- Tim Furlong/Twitter
Joe Biden returned to the public swimming pool in Delaware where he worked as a lifeguard 55 years ago, as part of a ceremony to rename the pool after the former vice president.
The Wilmington pool changed its name to the Joseph R Biden Sr. Aquatic Center, honoring Biden’s connection to the pool he said influenced his views on race relations.
According to Wilmington newspaper The News Journal, Biden was the pool’s only white lifeguard in 1962.
“I wanted to get more involved,” Biden told The News Journal. “I’d turn on the television and see and listen to Dr. King, but I didn’t know any black people. So, I wanted to work here.”
Biden made the most of his homecoming, even sitting in the pool’s lifeguard chair perched above the pool.
— Tim Furlong (@tfurlong) June 26, 2017
A photo of Biden beaming in the lifeguard chair instantly made the rounds on social media.
Several users took the opportunity to joke about a potential Biden presidential bid in 2020. Biden has yet to rule out another campaign.
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) June 26, 2017
Dear Joe Biden, the entire country needs a lifeguard. https://t.co/7haSjGrQyS
— Barbara Castro (@BabashanBarbara) June 26, 2017
Will Biden jump in… to the pool? (I'll let myself out…) https://t.co/Q7LtYw0SzL
— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) June 26, 2017
Others compared the photos to pool scenes from famous movies, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Sandlot.”
Joe Biden's new chair reminded me of something. pic.twitter.com/mx0axczj1D
— Rudy Hellzapoppin' (@RudyHellzapop) June 26, 2017
— Amanda McKelvey (@ammckelvey) June 26, 2017
And others commented on Biden’s wardrobe choice.
— Steven Haderer (@stevenhaderer) June 26, 2017
VP Joe Biden, now a lifeguard at the Scranton Municipal Swimming Center, ready for action in his breakaway Armani Swim Cover Up pic.twitter.com/2K7vXiLJQk
— Matthew Harkrider (@MHark) June 26, 2017
Great moment if Biden actually saw some kid in trouble, and then dove right in there fully in his business suit. https://t.co/xERN7EQyL8
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) June 26, 2017
And for some, the moment simply added to Biden’s legend.
Counting Biden among our numbers makes all of us who have ever lifeguarded cooler. https://t.co/o4GqCznKHS
— Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1) June 26, 2017
I want a Netflix series about the adventures of a young lifeguard Joe Biden. https://t.co/chQjo7cGaF
— Charlie Eaton (@CharlieEaton14) June 26, 2017