Friday, 12 February 2021

Joe Biden says he's waiting to see if his 'Republican friends' in Senate 'stand up' to Trump as he makes surprise visit to White House lawn to see Jill's Valentine's Day message

 President Joe Biden on Friday said he's watching to see if his Republican 'friends' in the Senate 'stand up' to Donald Trump with their impeachment vote.

'I'm just anxious to see what my Republican friends do. If they stand up,' he told reporters at the White House when he made a surprise appearance on the North Lawn to see a Valentine's Day message from Jill Biden.

Biden said he didn't plan to call Republicans to urge them to convict his predecessor. House Democrats wrapped up their impeachment argument on Thursday. Trump's defense makes their case Friday with a vote expected as early as Saturday. Trump is likely to be acquitted.


The Bidens made a surprise appearance on the North Lawn early Friday morning, coffee cups in hand and dogs Champ and Major at their side, to see a Valentine's Day message the first lady had installed overnight. 

Giant heart-shaped signs in red, white and pink with messages of 'unity,' 'hope,' 'healing' were placed on the lawn. 'Love Jill' was written on one of them. 


President Joe Biden and Jill Biden visited the North Lawn Friday morning to see a Valentine's Day message the first lady had installed over night

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden visited the North Lawn Friday morning to see a Valentine's Day message the first lady had installed over night

The Bidens carried cups of coffee and had dogs Champ and Major with them

The Bidens carried cups of coffee and had dogs Champ and Major with them 

President Joe Biden said he's watching to see if his Republican 'friends' in the Senate 'stand up' to Donald Trump with their impeachment vote

President Joe Biden said he's watching to see if his Republican 'friends' in the Senate 'stand up' to Donald Trump with their impeachment vote

The Bidens made brief remarks to the press during their visit

The Bidens made brief remarks to the press during their visit 

The messages include 'love,' 'healing,' 'unity,' 'family'

The messages include 'love,' 'healing,' 'unity,' 'family'

Jill Biden's office said the message was a Valentine's Day gift for the country.

'The First Lady is known for her sense of humor, love of surprises and celebrating traditions, especially with her family. Valentine's Day has always been one of her favorite holidays. Sending messages of healing, unity, hope and compassion, this is her Valentine to the country,' the East Wing said.

Biden, wearing jeans, an aviator jacket and face mask, checked out the display with the first lady, who wore a magenta coat and face mask.

'Press is going to think it's for them,' the president joked.

The display was centered on the lawn behind the area known as pebble beach, which is where TV reporters do their live shots from the White House. 

The president had a friendly back-and-forth with members of the media as he checked out the messages.

One reporter was heard calling him 'Joe' and telling him 'those are nice dogs.'

'Thank you,' the president responded.

Another reporter joked the Bidens should have brought coffee for everyone. The president walked over and gave her his cup.

'Promised I haven't tasted it,' he told her. 

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President Joe Biden gave his cup of coffee to a reporter, telling her he hadn't tasted it yet

President Joe Biden gave his cup of coffee to a reporter, telling her he hadn't tasted it yet

Jill Biden said the heart-shaped messages where a Valentine for the country

Jill Biden said the heart-shaped messages where a Valentine for the country

'Love Jill' read the message of 'healing'

'Love Jill' read the message of 'healing'

Jill Biden posted a photo of her painting her 'love Jill' message on the sign

Jill Biden posted a photo of her painting her 'love Jill' message on the sign

Joe Biden said Valentine's Day is Jill's favorite holiday but he refused to say what he got her

Joe Biden said Valentine's Day is Jill's favorite holiday but he refused to say what he got her

The Bidens are scheduled to leave for Camp David on Friday to spend the weekend there

The Bidens are scheduled to leave for Camp David on Friday to spend the weekend there


Biden refused to divulge what he got his wife for the upcoming holiday. 

'It's not Valentine's Day yet. I'm not going to tell,' he said. 'Valentine's Day is Jill's favorite day for real.'

The first lady said she did the display as she wanted to give the country some 'joy.' 

'I just wanted some joy. With the pandemic, just everybody's feeling a little down. So, it's just a little joy. A little hope. That's all,' she said.

President Biden, asked his Valentine's Day message to the nation, said: 'There's hope. There is hope. You just have to stay strong.'

The Bidens are scheduled to fly to Camp David on Friday afternoon, where they will spend the weekend. 

Biden said at the presidential retreat they will 'just hang out with the family.'


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