Rules for thee but not for me.
As many people are celebrating Easter today, Joe Biden had been urging against gatherings, saying in March that his goal would be for people to get together for “small family gatherings” perhaps by the Fourth of July to hold barbecues and normal celebrations.
“By July the Fourth there’s a good chance you, your families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day,” Biden said.
“That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together. After this long hard year, it will make this Independence Day something truly special, where we not only mark our independence as a nation, but we begin to mark our independence from this virus.”
He reiterated that on April 2.
President Biden April 2, 2021 on the COVID-19 pandemic: “We could have a more normal July 4th, but this is still April, not July. We aren’t there yet.”
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) April 2, 2021
But guess who’s getting together with his family today at Camp David? You got it, Joe Biden and his wife. He left early on Friday for the retreat. He wouldn’t identify with whom he was getting together.
Apparently July Fourth is for the commoners.
“This season marks [a] remarkable confluence of holy days across a number of traditions,” Biden told religious leaders on a conference call on Thursday. “Jill and I, we’re looking forward to our Easter celebration, where we get to, get to get together with our family. And because we’ve had the great honor of being vaccinated, we may be able to get together with some of them this Easter.”
So reporters naturally asked Jen Psaki who would Biden be getting together with at Camp David?
Reporter: What message does it send if Biden is asking Americans to not have gatherings until Fourth of July but he's spending Easter with family?
Psaki: He obviously has a wife he has been married to for some time and a couple grandkids he sees when he goes to Delaware pic.twitter.com/2egz4TvI1S
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 2, 2021
Her response was curt and dismissive.
“He obviously has a wife he’s been married to for some time. He has a couple of grandkids who he sees when he goes to Delaware. But it’s a limited group, and certainly not the big Irish Biden clan that many of you have seen throughout the course of his time in public office.”
She was asked if all his immediate family had been vaccinated and she refused to answer the question saying she doesn’t have any more updates about his family. She doesn’t actually define whether it’s just immediate family or not. He had been going back to Delaware most weekends so far and visiting family there.
Biden even used his “Easter message” to push getting vaccinated, inserting a government message in a purportedly religious wish.
As many Americans prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are cautioning that the coronavirus is still with us and are encouraging people to get vaccinated. https://t.co/9yKITrRebP
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 3, 2021
“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis who said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others.”
It may be a surprise to Biden but people have been getting together with their families all over the country and will again for today, not determined by his opinion on the matter. Happy Easter!