USA: Invited to the White House by Joe Biden, Barack Obama is reviving a tradition
Alexis Guilleux (US Correspondent), edited by Romain Rouillard
8:16 p.m., 07/09/2022
Former US President Barack Obama was invited to the White House by Joe Biden. In doing so, he revived a tradition broken by Donald Trump: the presentation of official portraits. The two men know each other well as Joe Biden was Obama’s vice president during his tenure.
Barack Obama is back in the White House. The former American President was invited by Joe Biden to continue an old tradition broken by Donald Trump: that of presenting official portraits.
Usually, the former presidential couple are received at the White House by the current tenants of the presidential residence to unveil the official portraits, which are then hung on the wall. A way to overcome partisan divisions, to show respect for variety and the continuity of power.
Forget America’s deep divisions
A protocol that Donald Trump did not want to respect. The Republican went even further by moving the portraits of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from the White House lobby to a small room in the presidential residence.
This Wednesday’s ceremony therefore marks a sort of return to normalcy, ten years after the Obama couple welcomed George and Laura Bush. A way to forget America’s deep divisions for a while too, because next on the list is Donald Trump. Today, however, it seems inconceivable that Joe Biden would host his predecessor. The billionaire is “a threat to the republic,” said the president last week.
On Tuesday, the White House spokeswoman did not respond to a question asked about the possibility of Donald Trump being invited to Washington.
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