Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, tried to create excuses and move the light off of a video taken this past weekend that displayed Old Uncle Joe, along with first lady Jill Biden, violating the mask mandate in place in Washington, D.C., by coming up with the excuse that everyone has “moments” in which they don’t replace their masks on their face as fast as they should.
In the video, the Bidens are seen walking around sans masks through Fiola Mare, which is a well-known Italian restaurant in centered Georgetown, while a gaggle of Secret Service agents can be seen flowing around them all wearing their masks.
The mask mandate in Washington, D.C. stated that “everyone (including fully vaccinated people) must wear masks in indoor public settings,” and this includes “restaurants and bars (when not eating or drinking).”
The website for this establishment, in particular, stated that patrons must wear masks at all times inside the building in accordance with the mandate set in Washington, D.C.:
Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be always worn while in our restaurants, except while eating and drinking. Thank you for understanding.
Peter Doocy, a reporter for Fox News, questioned as to why the Bidens were seen not sporting their masks, and in response, Psaki thought up an excuse and stated, “Well, I think what you’re referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they, they had eaten, masks in hand where they had not yet put them back on yet.”
“So I would say, of course, there are moments when we all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should,” stated the press secretary. “But I don’t think we should lose, miss, lose the forest through the trees here and that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated. Make sure that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer, and you know, not overly focused on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy.”
“It was not just exiting the restaurant, though,” stated Doocy. “He was walking through the restaurant with no mask on, there is a carve-out for people under two or people who are actively eating or drinking. So I’m just curious why President was doing this.”
“I think I just addressed it, Peter,” replied Psaki.
Jen Psaki just DEFENDED Biden breaking the same mask mandates he himself pushes while parading through a swanky Georgetown restaurant this weekend pic.twitter.com/XH0khbeXEB
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 18, 2021