Joe and Jill Biden wore face masks to walk across the lawn at the White House on their return from Delaware on Sunday, despite there being no mandate, Omicron infection rates collapsing and the country trying to get back to normal.
The Bidens – who are vaccinated and boosted – covered their faces as they crossed the White House grounds surrounded by Secret Service agents and the press, even though the risk of an infection outdoors is negligible.
It is not clear who the President, 79, or the First Lady, 70, were protecting or who they felt they needed protection from as the only people walking across the grounds.
It comes just months after the Bidens were pictured wearing face masks on a deserted Rehoboth Beach in Delaware while walking their German Shepherd puppy, Commander and accused of mask theater.
Top medical expert Dr. Nicole Saphier has said the White House needs to stop their ‘mixed messaging’ on masks and it’s ‘high time’ to let anyone who wants to move forward from the pandemic, do so.’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in December updated its guidance to say that Americans who are fully vaccinated can safely go maskless indoors, or outdoors, with the exception of crowded indoor settings like planes.