Even before Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden made it clear that one of his first acts from the Oval Office would be the institution of a nationwide mask mandate.
Mere hours after signing that order, however, Biden and members of his family took part in an event at the Lincoln Memorial where they were all spotted without their face masks on, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Public health measures”
As the president mandated in an executive order signed on his first day in office, masks are now required to be worn at all times by individuals on federal property.
The order was one of several Biden signed on Wednesday, and it states that “individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines.”
A short time after signing that order, Biden and his family traveled to the Lincoln Memorial for an Inauguration Day event where several of them, including the president, were captured in photos and videos without their faces covered, the Examiner reported.
Biden signed a mask mandate requiring everyone who is on federal land to have to wear masks.
Here is Biden tonight at the Lincoln Memorial, which is on federal land, not wearing a mask: https://t.co/Q1T01mrq29
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 21, 2021
“Maskless on federal property”
Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein shared a photo of Biden’s daughter, Ashley, and his grandchildren gathered together at the federal landmark, most of them sans face mask.
The older Biden grandkids, plus Ashley Biden in a chic tux, take pictures at the Lincoln Memorial. pic.twitter.com/P0C57DooyX
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 21, 2021
It was not just the Biden clan who appeared to flout the fledgling administration’s recommendations. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared before reporters in the briefing room without a mask, as noted by former Trump campaign staffer Mike Hahn noted in a tweet.
Jen Psaki talking about Biden’s mask mandate on federal property, standing maskless on federal property pic.twitter.com/cpKsy46ZLq
— Mike Hahn (@mikehahn_) January 21, 2021
“Bigger issues to worry about”
In fact, Fox News Channel White House correspondent Peter Doocy pressed Psaki on both the Biden family’s apparent violation of the order as well as her own maskless appearance.
While the press secretary attempted to excuse the first family’s behavior by arguing that they were “celebrating the evening of a historic day,” she attempted to skirt the issue entirely, declaring, “I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time,” according to the New York Post.