President Biden gave a shout-out to Prince Harry at the WH Christmas tree lighting

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This week has been full of White House Christmas preparations – several days ago, the First Lady’s office released photos of the White House decorations, which are very cute this year. Before y’all slander Dr. Biden, remember that she’s a teacher at heart, and she loves cutesy, child-friendly Christmas decoration. She decorates like a teacher, she always has. It’s also good to remember that volunteers decorate the White House – you have to apply to be a volunteer, and the Bidens (as most previous administrations) give priority to military families.

Last night, Dr. Biden and President Biden hosted/attended the lighting of the White House Christmas tree, a big event every year. The Bidens invited special guests to the tree lighting – Team USA’s Invictus competitors. During President Biden’s speech, he gave a shout-out to Prince Harry by name. The Mail is freaking out because they thought the Windsors had begged and pleaded with the Biden administration to ignore Harry and ignore Invictus. Irish Joe said: watch this.

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  1. Fuzzy Crocodile says:

    I like the decorations. Christmas feels like a great time for cutesy.

    Prefer whimsy over blood trees.

    • Beenie says:

      While I wouldn’t do these kinds of decorations in my own home, I feel like they are very appropriate for the White House.

      Let me see if I can articulate this properly…. These decorations make the building feel like it’s a public space. Like it’s not about who is living there at the moment, it’s decorated and on show for a wider community. These are the kind of decorations you’d see in a museum or library or town hall (cranked up to 11, of course 🤣). It just gives me the impression of “this building is for the people”, as opposed to “hey look how I’ve decorated MY mansion”.

      I’m probably reading too much into in, but that was my takeaway when I saw the pics.

      • coriolis says:

        Well said! These decorations have a community feel, not polarizing individual aesthetic. I get that the First Lady puts a personal touch on it, but their primary role is public servant and should consider the audience.

      • Kristen from MA says:

        Perfect description.

      • Jules says:

        Totally agree it feels like a public space and, looking at the pics, it creates a really safe, warm, and comfortable feeling (which many public spaces don’t evoke, for me.)

    • BeanieBean says:

      I love the reindeer flying through the air!! And yes, of course these are ‘cutesy’, lots of people–with their children–tour the WH at this time of year specifically to see the decorations. Beats the heck out of those blood trees or those bleak icy white trees.

    • roooth says:

      This year’s theme is “Magic, Wonder & Joy”. The antithesis of everything Trump

  2. Brassy Rebel says:

    The decorations may be busy looking, but they are a vast improvement over the Melania era decorations. 😱

    • Justwastingtime says:

      I am going to have tomatoes thrown at me for this but I kind of loved the red trees. They were very cool, despite being totally inappropriate for the White House.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    You can tell Dr Jill LOVES Christmas!!!! Love those decorations.

  4. Pinkosaurus says:

    I love them both and am horrified by polls that show the short-fingered criminal vulgarian leading in some election polls. These decorations are wonderful and welcoming, particularly for the children in military families in the area who are invited to visit in December.

    • olivia says:

      People must always vote like their life depend on it.. but I am not listening to polls.. polls always show repubs are up, royals are loved, William the bully is more popular than his brother. I read somewhere and can’t find it right now, apologies, that the internal republican polls were fixed in 2016 to favour tRump and he was not the preferred candidate by far.

    • Korra says:

      I agree with Olivia that we have to vote with our whole chests, but I just learned that some new polls dropped this week — without media fanfare — that give Biden the edge. Further, he’s been wiping the floor with Florida Man 1 and 2 in fundraising, especially with some dollar amount donations — again, not getting as much attention. Just like with the 2022 midterm elections, the media is going to continue to favor Republicans and their narratives. We must remain vigilant, but also remember that media and the polls are not capturing the full picture either.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Polls said Drumpf would lose in 2016. NEVER trust polls and never be complacent.

      • booboocita says:

        The only polls I trust are the results of local and state elections, in which Dems are whipping Repubs GOOD.

      • Korra says:

        Feel like you missed my point, notasugar. I never said to get complacent, but that the media is driving deceitful narratives and are going to cherry pick what polling they want to highlight.

      • Korra says:

        Never said to get complacent, just that the media is going to drive dishonest narratives that don’t paint an accurate picture and they will cherry pick polling to push certain narratives.

  5. Persephone says:

    They truly want the world to hate Harry. Well. I bet in the UK today some (BRF) noodles are BAKED….

    • goofpuff says:

      Wills didn’t get mentioned so you know he is in a rage.

    • Lauren says:

      I’m sure they are pissed and I love it!

      I’m also sure this is the Bidens way of making it up to Harry, Invictus and the USA team for Jill not attending the games. Diplomatically, they had to agree to the UK’s request for them not to go, but they want obviously weren’t happy about it.

      • Christine says:

        I think you nailed it, and I’m so happy for the Team USA Invictus athletes that they were there for the shout out!

      • Angie says:

        The UK government has no say in what the US government does or doesn’t do. If they tried to put in a request to the First lady to not attend an event for Veterans it would be shot down immediately. No First Lady would ever attempt to sanction the idea. Honoring our vets is what the President and First Lady is known for. What the Royals did to their vets by not acknowledging them was distasteful. If the King and his heir know anything about Americans and garnering respect from veterans in this country they should have acknowledge their veterans going to Invictus Games. Where I live at thanking a veteran for his or her service is very commonplace.

      • vs says:

        @Angie– thank you; I can’t believe something even give credence to the BS written by the uk press. That country doesn’t have a press, it only has trashy tabloids! Thank you God for the United States of America!
        No UK gvt can tell us what to do! Monarchy is the antithesis of what we believe over here!

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Lauren, the UK doesn’t have that kind of pull with the US President. I think Dr. Biden was starting her school year and couldn’t get away at that time. I think we sometimes forget that she still works while also being FLOTUS. The Bidens are very Military and Military family oriented, and nothing the UK can say would change that.

      • Beverley says:

        I’m trying to understand why it’s thought that the US takes orders (or “requests”) from the UK. We fought and WON a war nearly 250 years ago and threw those British colonizers out. We don’t take order from y’all anymore, not for a minute.

        And recall our president’s Irish heritage. He doesn’t fuck with nostalgia or any other positive sentiment about the once-great, now dwindling British empire. If Dr. Biden wasn’t at the IG, the reason had nothing to do with any request from a foreign government.

        Please cease this nonsense about America vying to gain favor with the royals. It gives desperation and obsolescence. Americans are no respecters of the BRF. We don’t GAF about the Left-Behinds.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Dr. Biden tested positive for Covid on 9/5 and tested negative for Covid on 9/7. I still think she was getting ready for the start of the new school year, or the year started during IG.

  6. Tila says:

    The decorations a great. They look joyful and timeless. Love the shout out to Invictus Games too!

  7. Southern Fried says:

    Harry deserves the praise for sure. The decorations are definitely Dr Jill’s kid friendly and cheerful. Such a relief from The First Escort’s Holiday in Hell decor. I’ll also add that Melanoma probably loved attending Rosalyn Carter’s memorial service since she knew our other First Ladies would be polite and kind to her. Considering that we all know the people that surround her now are all Maga pigs.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    I think the decorations are nice. It’s vast improvement over Melania’s which were horrible and it’s nice for the President to mention Harry.

  9. manda says:

    I love the decorations! For me, it’s all about lights, the more the better. This looks so sparkly and magical. I like a little more color personally, but these are beautiful!

    • SophieJara says:

      Same! I hate the Kardashian style Christmas all these celebrities do now, where it has to make some sort of statement and be Fashun. So many ugly trees. These are lovely!

  10. Maxine Branch says:

    Love the decorations and the honoring of the Invictus competitors along with the shout out to Prince Harry, reminding others he and 1st Lady Biden have previously attended the games.

  11. Carrie says:

    Absolutely love the decorations.
    Love the shout out to Prince Harry.

  12. Becks1 says:

    OMG I love this so much. You can’t tell me Joe Biden wasn’t aware of the media gleefully insisting that he was going to ignore Invictus because something something royal family. And that he and Dr. Jill were going to snub Prince Harry forever so as not to offend Charles.

    Joe just said WE LOVE INVICTUS, we’ve both gone before, Prince Harry did that. He knew just what he was doing with that. LOVE IT.

    I love the christmas decorations as well. They’re fun and whimsical and this is the perfect time for that.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      I love the attendance of the Invictus Games athletes at the tree-lighting and POTUS’s shoutout to them and to Harry. And once again it completely contrasts the left-behind Windsors and their deafening silence about their own veterans attending the Games.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Love the trees and decorations. Green and glowy. Not gonna lie. The reindeer are a lot but kids will like it. Never in my life will I get over melania’s red trees of death. I crack up every time I think about them to the point that I’m kind of grateful she fully went in that direction. Perfect decorations to encapsulate a truly hellish moment in time. Was it also camp? 😂
    Shout out to Harry and IG being mentioned amidst the cute and wholesome decorations!

  14. Miranda says:

    Dr. Jill definitely decorates like some of the older teachers I used to work with! 🤣 And that’s not necessarily a bad thing! When it comes to holiday decorations. and things like that, I think many adults really do it to help create a sort of magical atmosphere for the kids and make the holidays extra special for them.

    And leave it to the BM to totally distort what Biden said and try to make it about Harry, when it was really a (well-deserved!) shoutout to our IG athletes.🙄😒 That said, I think the Bidens are definitely Team Sussex.

    • AustenGirl1975 says:

      “Dr. Biden, remember that she’s a teacher at heart, and she loves cutesy, child-friendly Christmas decoration. She decorates like a teacher, she always has.”

      Dr. Biden has never taught children or worked in an elementary. Except for a short stint teaching English in a high school, Dr. Biden has always worked with adult learners as a college professor.

      I think her whimsical style is a reflection of her personality and shouldn’t be ascribed to a profession she’s never even had. Yes, college professors are teachers, but she’s being discussed as if she’s taught young children.

      • Miranda says:

        I realize that, but a person doesn’t have to have been an elementary/primary teacher to give off that energy. I just thought it was a funny way of describing her style and I can’t really come up with a better comparison.

  15. Cessily says:

    Christmas should be magical for children.. I love the decorations. I am also loving that while the British media is going insane and is on a massive rampage against the Sussex’s once again, over here Prince Harry and his Invictus Game Foundation is being praised by The President of the United States in a national broadcast.

  16. kyliegirl says:

    I love that they were able to reschedule the WH meeting after the send off had to be cancelled because Dr Jill got covid. There are also some lovely pictures of the US team touring the WH and meeting with President Biden and Dr Jill. The Invictus Games Harry created has really changed so many lives, what a wonderful legacy.

  17. Jensa says:

    So much for William’s attempts to “win over” the USA. As ever, his brother shows him how it’s done.

  18. Moira's Rose's Garden says:

    Love them and the decorations.

    Real question: Does BARF & RR really think the US GAF about them? Like some douchenozzle is going to call up Dark Brandon and say “Don’t mention Harry” and he’s going to be “oh ok will do.” Truly not understanding the thought process here.

  19. Tessa says:

    Great news. William the one who wants to win over Americans must seething

  20. ncboudicca says:

    That’s some seriously bad fiction from The Mail.

  21. May says:

    Too late.

  22. Angie says:

    I am glad he did this. We honor our veterans and anyone in service to them. IG is becoming huge. This is something our US Presidents do. The veterans were honored guest at the Whitehouse yesterday. We are not like the Brits who had a huge ceremony honoring Veterans who participated in IG and not mentioned the founding member. It’s not like the President did a whole show talking about Prince Harry. He honored the Veterans and recognized the founding member.

  23. blunt talker says:

    I am very proud of our military men and women who have protected and served this country with everything they have to give-I smiled very big when our president and his wife showed respect and kindness for Prince Harry’s work and dedication for vets all over the world-Great work Harry.

  24. swaz says:

    The more lights the better, love it ❤ great shout out to Harry ❤

  25. Mary Pester says:

    Love the Bidens, love the decorations and lights, love the shout out to Invictus, love the shout out to Harry, and LOOOOOOVE the fact that the moment president Biden uttered those words, the windows at adelaide shook with deranged screams of rage, Mr valet rushed to open windows whilst ducking pillows, buttons and wiglets (that’s why keen wore that fugly one last night!) and, looking at the close up of willy (yuk) in the paper, I have a feeling Mr valet, also reached for a large bottle of valium for his boss 😂😂guess the USA ain’t that into you Mr global statesman 😂😂

  26. Bumblebee says:

    Those reindeer are the best. They remind of when I was a kid and couldn’t sleep waiting for Santa. I heard reindeer hooves running on the roof over my head! I thought about sneaking downstairs to catch Santa, but didn’t want to scare him away before he put the presents under the tree. Years later my mom told me, my dad had been watching a Western on TV. So what I actually heard was the cowboy’s horses. LOL.
    See, teachers do know the perfect decorations for kids.

  27. Deev says:

    I love the decorations. They’re festive and cheerful, and people can appreciate them no matter their age. I don’t have kids, but I still like to mix in a bit of cuteness with my holiday decorating because I think Christmas should bring out the kid in all of us, just a bit.

    Also, the cuteness and brightness does help to somewhat dampen the memory of Melania’s horror-movie-set Christmas. Eeek.

  28. Gabby says:

    This narrative about the Bidens snubbling Harry because they don’t want to upset the RF is comedy gold. The Bidens don’t GAF. Dr. Biden probably missed Invictus due to her schedule. She was openly photographed with a copy of Spare. You know she was reading parts of it out loud to Joe and they were rolling their eyes about Chuckles’ and Fury Boy’s various tantrums in the book. The king and his heir should be embarrassed, because now POTUS and FLOTUS can never really take them seriously again. But if the Fail feels better lying then fine.

    UNRELATED but George Santos has just been expelled from the House of Representatives. Woot woot!. I hope he loses his salary and was escorted out by security.

  29. JanetDR says:

    It looks beautiful! I love the shout out to Harry, IG, and the veterans 💗

  30. AC says:

    I’m glad Biden gave Harry a well deserved call out. Someone on the other side of the pond is prob not happy 😀.

    Ditto re George Santos !

  31. Freddy says:

    I really do believe Christmas is about children, so the decorations are perfect!

  32. Debbie says:

    I love Christmas and think it’s a magical time of year which should bring out the child, and the friendliness in us, so I don’t mind the bit of whimsy in the decorations at all. Love the shout out to Invictus athletes and Prince Harry (but then anything that irritates the Windsors & BM gets extra credit in my book). The fact that Geo. Santos gets expelled since he lacked the dignity to resign is doubly great.

  33. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    The most unbalanced thing about The Mail’s story, is their claim that Dr. Biden skipped the games in Germany so as to not upset Buckingham Palace. As if Dr. Biden ever gives the place a second’s thought, lol!

    • Justwastingtime says:

      President Biden is proud of his Irish heritage, and, in contrast to some prior presidents of Irish descent, he is not trying to curry favor with the British royalty. At all. Which is refreshing to some of the descendants of the 3 million people who fled their country to avoid starvation at the hands of the British during the potato famine.

  34. tamsin says:

    It’s absurd to suggest that the US president would get involved in a Windsor family squabble. It appears the UK Invictus team was honoured in Festival of Remembrance. Happy to read about both occasions.

  35. J.Ferber says:

    Loved the shout-out to Prince Harry. Hope it felt like a dagger in the back to Will. Just love that for him!