Thursday, Fox News reporter Peter Doocey asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki why the Biden family was not wearing masks at the Lincoln Memorial.
“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?” Doocey asked.
After confirming they were talking about the same event at the inaugural, Psaki replied “I think he was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country 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. But I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”
Doocery followed up by asking “as Joe Biden often talks about, it’s not just important the example of power but the power of our example. Was that a good example for people who were 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,” Psaki replied. “The requirements that we’re all under every single day here to ensure we’re sending that message to the public. Yesterday was a historic moment in our history. He was inaugurated as President of the United States, surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”