President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden team up on Sunday evening at the White House for a Fourth of July barbeque with essential workers and military families that marks America’s independence as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
The event caps a weekend of trips the White House touted as the “America’s Back Together” tour, which saw the president, the first lady, Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, fan out across the country to spotlight the administration’s efforts to help the nation rebound from the COVID crisis – the worst pandemic to sweep the globe in a century – and the severe economic recession that it triggered.
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The president traveled to northern Michigan on Saturday, talking with workers and a crowd that had gathered at an orchard, on the eve of the country’s 245 birthday. He was joined Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, as well as the state’s two Democratic senators – Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. The president and his entourage later stopped at an ice cream shop.
President Joe Biden holds an ice cream cone as he visits Moomers Homemade Ice Cream, Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Traverse City, Mich. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
“The senators told me, this is the best place in the world,” Biden said.
While the president was in Michigan, his wife was in New England, making stops in New Hampshire and Maine. The first lady was joined by New Hampshire’s two Democratic senators – Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan – at a barbeque at the Portsmouth home of Shaheen’s daughter.
“Who would have thought that we would be here on the 4th of July together again,” the first lady emphasized as she discussed how far the nation’s come since the pandemic shut down the country in March and April of last year.
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