White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last month that President Joe Biden would not attend the Olympics in Tokyo, but that he would instead send a U.S. delegation, as has traditionally been done. And he’s definitely sending his finest.
For the second time, Jill Biden will head to the Olympic Games to lead the U.S. delegation, but now she’ll be attending as First Lady. The couple led the delegation for the Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010, when Joe Biden was Barack Obama’s Vice President.
President George W. Bush became the first U.S. president to attend an Olympics abroad when he went to China for the Beijing Games in 2008. It has not happened since. President Barack Obama did not attend the games in Vancouver in 2010, in London in 2012, in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, or in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. As per the tradition, President Obama sent delegations; First Lady Michelle Obama led the delegation at the London Games. In 2010, the Bidens led the U.S. delegation to Canada.
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The event will be much quieter than it has been in years past after it was announced Thursday fans would not be allowed to attend the games after the capital of Japan declared a state of emergency amid rising COVID-19 infections. First Lady Jill Biden is the most visible Olympics attendee the administration has announced so far, with the rest of the U.S. Delegation to still be named by the President. In the past, U.S. delegations for the Olympic games have been made up of former gold medalists as well as members of presidential administrations.
Our @FLOTUS will travel to Tokyo on her first solo trip to lead the U.S. delegation at the Olympics.
We are lucky to have Dr. Biden! pic.twitter.com/8utzzSU6RS
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Before adding the Olympics to her FLOTUS schedule, Mrs. Biden has been busy. On Monday, “Sesame Street” released a video featuring the first lady for its new collection of resources launched by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street.” In the video, she talks to Mexican-American Muppet Rosita with a message about supporting military families and treating everyone with kindness and fairness.
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) July 12, 2021