One Buggy Thing: Cicadas “Got” POTUS and Press Pool Plane

If you live in Washington, D.C. the cicadas are hard to ignore.  But this week their mating-frenzied existence reached new levels of intrusion in day-to-day DC.  On Tuesday evening, as AP’s Jonathan Lemire reported, “The White House press charter, flying from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, has been delayed for hours – due to mechanical issues caused by cicadas Yes. Cicadas.”  President Biden also got the “cicada treatment” when one flew into his head on his way to board Air Force One to start the trip on Wednesday morning.  Twitter (via The Hill and others) captured that Presidential moment!  The cicadas are so heavily present in the DC area that the local weather radar (which is extremely sensitive, but still) got fuzzy and weather geeks determined it was the cicadas.  Wow!  The cicada phenomenon kinda puts us, humans, in our place — even the mightiest ones!

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