For the first time in more than 25 years, a member of the president’s family is getting married at the White House. Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi joins the famous group and yet breaks with tradition.
When you think of the White House, you think of power, the flag flying on the roof, the Situation Room, the Oval Office. In a simple building, a number of decisions were made that significantly affected the story. On Saturday, history will be made again in the White House – although not globally. She is getting married.
So far, only 18 wedding couples have received this honor. Now Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of a sitting president, and her fiance Peter Neal will become the 19th couple to exchange vows on the White House floor. This is news: never before has a grandchild of a president been married in the presidential halls.
“It’s America’s version of a royal wedding”
She couldn’t be more excited, 28-year-old Naomi Biden wrote a few months ago Twitter. A little later, her grandmother Jill Biden told a talk show how special the White House wedding was. He is impatiently waiting to finally see Naomi in her wedding dress.
Jill Biden talks about how special a White House wedding is on a talk show.
The editor-in-chief of the wedding magazine “Brides” told the “Washington Post” that the country will go into detail about the details of the wedding dress. “It’s the American version of a royal wedding.
150 kilo wedding cake and samples
In US history, it has mostly been the president’s daughters who said yes at their father’s official residence. Only one president has married in the White House alone: Grover Cleveland. In the summer of 1882, Cleveland married Frances Folsom, who was only 21 years old.
After the end of World War II, only four wedding couples were married in the White House. In particular, the weddings of two presidential daughters became a national, almost royal event: in 1967, President Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Lynda married her fiance Charles Robb. Due to public interest and lack of space at the White House, the ceremony was televised live.
Just a few years later, in the summer of 1971, Richard Nixon’s daughter said yes in the rose garden. For weeks, the American press wrote about who might be on the couple’s guest list or what dress Tricia Nixon might wear. The wedding cake also fit into the pompous overall picture of the celebration. She weighed over 150 kilos.
Tricia Nixon’s wedding was not only special because of the great public interest and royal taste. People demonstrated against the war in Vietnam outside the gates of the White House.
After marrying Bill Clinton’s brother-in-law Anthony Rodham in 1994, Naomi Biden will be the first member of the president’s family to tie the knot there in more than 25 years.
Obama had his photographer marry him in the rose garden
However, the last time someone got married in the White House was in 2013, Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s personal photographer. Never before has an official of the President been married in an official residence. Until then, only one wedding had taken place without the participation of a member of the president’s family. This honor went to Harry Hopkins, a confidant of President Franklin Roosevelt.
Obama often asked him why he never got married, Souza told the Associated Press. The president has repeatedly hinted that the ceremony could be held in the Rose Garden of the White House. “At some point I realized it wasn’t a joke,” Souza says. “Not many people could say they got married in the White House,” Souza explained after the ceremony.
Few details are known about the wedding
Saturday’s wedding will take place on the grounds south of the White House, Naomi Biden wrote on Twitter. He is also the first to do so. Most of the celebrations took place in the rose garden. And another question has now been clarified: “The Biden family will cover the cost of the White House wedding celebrations,” Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said.
So I’m not sure how best to update but I should have done this weeks ago…but we finally found out where the ceremony will be…and much to the relief of the Secret Service and with the approval of the dogs…we will be getting married on the south lawn! He couldn’t be more excited pic.twitter.com/CHfvmJ9ZHL
— Naomi Biden (@NaomiBiden) July 28, 2022