As one of his first executive orders, President Joe Biden mandated that face masks be worn at all times by everyone on federal property — only to then be spotted with his family at the Lincoln Memorial later in the evening not wearing a mask.
When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by White House correspondent Peter Doocy about that display of double standards, she responded by providing several excuses and then dismissed the entire topic as unworthy of being discussed, The Washington Times reported.
Why wasn’t Biden masked?
During the Thursday press briefing, Doocy asked, “Why weren’t President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times on federal lands last night, if he signed an executive order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?”
“I think, Steve, he was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country,” Psaki replied. “And certainly he signed the mask mandate because it’s a way to send a message to the American public about the importance of wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives.”
“We take a number of COVID precautions, as you know here, in terms of testing, social distancing, mask-wearing ourselves, as we do every single day,” she said. “But I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”
“Bigger issues to worry about”
Unsatisfied by that response, Doocy pressed the matter and asked, “But as Joe Biden often talks about, it is not just important the ‘example of power’ but the ‘power of our example.’ Was that a good example for people who are watching who might not pay attention normally?”
“Well, Steve, I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 executive orders, including almost half of them related to COVID; the requirements that we’re all under every single day here to ensure we’re sending that message to the public,” Psaki replied.
“Yesterday was a historic moment in our history. He was inaugurated as President of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I don’t think — I think we have big — bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time,” she added before moving on to another question from a different reporter.
Video of the exchange here. pic.twitter.com/N6juPyMfQg
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 21, 2021
Blatant double standards
There may indeed be “bigger issues to worry about” than whether or not Biden and his family complied with the president’s own mask mandate he had signed just hours earlier, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a legitimate concern that deserves an adequate response.
In fact, the argument could be made that Biden’s failure to comply with his own mandate is a fundamental issue.
If Biden can be excused from abiding by his own federal mandates, why should any American citizen feel compelled to comply with any of the president’s executive edicts?