First lady Jill Biden will lead the White House delegation to the Tokyo Olympics and attend the Opening Ceremony on July 23, according to NBC News and Today.
President Joe Biden was not planning to attend the Games, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on June 28. “He will certainly be rooting for the athletes,” Psaki said. Japan declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 and banned any fans from attending the Olympics. It wasn’t known if foreign dignitaries like the first lady would be able to attend the Opening Ceremonies.
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That appears to have been resolved, though, since the first lady’s press secretary, Michael LaRosa, tweeted that she will be attending the Opening Ceremonies on July 23.
It’s been 13 years since a sitting president has attended an Olympics. The last time it happened was at the 2008 Beijing Games, when George W. Bush became the first president to attend an Olympics abroad. The last first lady to lead a White House delegation to an Olympics was Michelle Obama in 2012. The Tokyo Olympics will run July 23 to Aug. 8.