Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will return to the White Home on Wednesday for the revealing of their official portraits, with President Joe Biden internet hosting his former boss alongside first girl Jill Biden to revive the bipartisan custom.
Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff may even be in attendance.
White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre instructed reporters that the president is “trying ahead” to welcoming the Obamas again to the White Home.
“Over the course of their eight years collectively in workplace, an in depth partnership between the 2 males grew by way of the highs and lows of the job and life,” Jean-Pierre stated throughout a information briefing Tuesday. “President Biden and Dr. Biden are honored to have former President Obama and former first girl Michelle Obama again to the White Home for the revealing of their portraits, which is able to grasp on the partitions of the White Home perpetually as reminders of the facility of hope and alter.”
The ceremony shall be Michelle Obama’s first go to to the White Home since her husband’s presidency resulted in January 2017. The occasion would be the second go to to the White Home for Obama since leaving workplace, following his go to in April commemorating the twelfth anniversary of the Inexpensive Care Act.
The decadeslong conventional East Room ceremony, when the sitting president and the primary girl host their quick predecessors, was shunned by then-President Donald Trump throughout his time period amid the strained relationship between him and Obama.
The occasion, which is usually held indoors, was additional delayed after Biden entered workplace final 12 months because of the Covid pandemic.
No matter occasion affiliation, sitting presidents sometimes host their quick predecessors for the revealing of their official portraits — which then-President Invoice Clinton did for George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush did for Clinton, and Obama did for the youthful Bush.
Throughout Trump’s time in workplace, there was no official clarification for his lack of such a ceremony for Obama.
Requested in the course of the briefing Tuesday whether or not Biden would maintain the identical ceremony for Trump ought to a portrait of him be achieved, Jean-Pierre deferred inquiries to the White Home Historic Affiliation.