Conservative strategist Greg Price shared a brief video clip of the awkward moment on Twitter, noting that it was Jill Biden herself, as the applause began to die down, who drew attention to her own husband’s failure to stand.
“Michelle Obama introduces Jill Biden, the room gives her a standing ovation, Jill then says, ‘Honestly, everyone stood but Joe,'” Price described the scene in the caption he shared along with the video clip. “Joe Biden then gets up and claps for her.”
Michelle Obama introduces Jill Biden, the room gives her a standing ovation, Jill then says "Honestly, everyone stood but Joe."
Joe Biden then gets up and claps for her. pic.twitter.com/vh6nT7F29w
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 7, 2022
The first lady laughed as the applause began to taper off, looking toward the front row where President Biden was seated.
“Joe — honestly, everyone stood but Joe,” she said, still laughing — and the audience began to laugh along with her.
Spurred on by the laughter, Biden got to his feet and began clapping for his wife alone, prompting more laughter and applause from the audience.
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were on hand at the White House on Tuesday for the unveiling of their official presidential portraits.
— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) September 7, 2022
Robert McCurdy, who is well known for his lifelike and realistic paintings, was selected to capture the former president’s likeness — and according to McCurdy, he had already placed Obama high up on his wishlist of potential subjects.
“When this project came up, it was just perfect because it saved us the trouble of having to ask him,” McCurdy explained during an appearance on the White House Historical Association’s “1600 Sessions” podcast.
Artist Sharon Sprung was chosen to paint the former first lady, who posed wearing a blue dress and seated on a sofa in the White House’s Red Room.
“I just kept saying, I want to do this. I hope this works out. I really want to do this. I’m, I’m good for this. And I had told my friends that I had wanted to paint Michelle a while ago,” Sprung said, appearing on the same episode of “1600 Sessions.”