As we reported Monday, First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID, but President Joe Biden tested negative. In the wake of her diagnosis, he has decided to mask up in indoor settings and practice social distancing—according to the White House, at least.
But that resolution didn’t even make it through the day, as Biden showed up at a medal ceremony for a Vietnam vet, walked in with a mask, almost immediately pulled it off, got up close and personal with the 81-year-old veteran, then walked through a crowd of people—bare-faced.
Doesn’t look like social distancing to me (although he did inexplicably fly the coop before the ceremony was even finished):
Joe Biden just BOLTED out of the room immediately after awarding the Medal of Honor to Army Captain Larry Taylor.
The ceremony continued on for several minutes afterwards.
Biden completely missed a concluding prayer. pic.twitter.com/BjSdeHcLPD
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 5, 2023
I can understand Biden’s reluctance to wear a mask; I personally despise them. Also, a major February study from the Cochrane Library—which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—showed that wearing a mask was effectively useless in stopping the virus, so why would anyone want to? Not to mention that then-White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said in December 2022, “There is no study in the world that shows that masks work that well.”
However, this is what WH Press Secretary Karine-Jean Pierre had to say at the press briefing Tuesday:
President Biden tested negative last night for COVID-19 and tested negative again today. He’s not experiencing any symptoms.
As far as the steps that he is taking: Since the President was with the First Lady yesterday, he will be masking while indoors and around people in alignment with CDC guidance. And as