Jill Biden is taken to Walter Reed to have an ‘object’ removed from her left foot after stepping on it on a beach in Hawaii last weekend
- First lady Jill Biden is going to Walter Reed Medical Center Thursday for a procedure to have an object removed from her left foot
- Her spokesman said she stepped on something while on the beach last weekend in Hawaii
- ‘She will undergo a procedure today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to remove the object. The President will join her,’ her spokesman said
- The first lady spent Saturday and Sunday in Hawaii coming back from Tokyo, Japan where she cheered on Team USA in the Olympic Games
Biden’s spokesman Mike LaRosa said, ‘Last weekend, prior to her two official events in Hawaii, the First Lady stepped on an object on the beach which became lodged in her left foot.’
‘She will undergo a procedure today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to remove the object. The President will join her,’ LaRosa said.
First lady Jill Biden is photographed at the first of two events she attended Sunday in Hawaii. Her spokesman said Thursday she’s headed to Walter Reed to have an object dislodged from her foot after stepping on something on the beach in Hawaii during her down time there
Dr. Biden spent time in Hawaii on Saturday and Sunday after leaving Tokyo, Japan where she cheered on Team USA athletes and attended the opening ceremony of the Tokyo summer Olympics.
The first lady held vaccine advocacy events in both Anchorage, Alaska – en route to Japan – and then Honolulu, Hawaii – on the way back to Washington, D.C.
After Biden landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Saturday afternoon, she had nearly 24 hours to relax in Hawaii before her first event Sunday.
Biden peeled off from reporters and stayed at the Presidential Cottage at Marine Base Kaneohe.
The first lady wasn’t limping on Sunday when she held events at Waipahu High School and later, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
She wore a pair of platform espadrilles.
At the first event, at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the high school, Biden witnessed two teenagers getting their second doses of the Pfizer vaccine before making remarks in the school library.
There she spoke about the vaccine push – and also thanked teachers for doing all they could to teach students virtually last year.
‘As a teacher, I did my best to create a sense of community in my virtual class last year. But some things can’t be replaced,’ she said. ‘And that’s especially true for students who missed out on sports, and proms, and school plays.’
‘When we lost these connections, our world felt a little darker—a little colder,’ she continued. ‘Now, doesn’t the time we spend with those we care about fill us with even more joy?’ the first lady added.
Biden then attended a Sunday afternoon barbecue on base with attendees representing all six branches of the military, including Space Force.
There she talked about the Obama-era Joining Forces initiative that she’s since brought back to life.
The first lady was treated to a hula performance – and then walked around to every table saying hi to military members and their families.
Biden had the same wedges on when she arrived Monday morning at Joint Base Andrews to conclude the trip.
The outing marked the first lady’s first solo trip abroad since the Biden administration came into office in January.
In Japan, the first lady played the role of diplomat as well – dining with Japanese Prime Minster Yoshihide and his wife Mariko when she first arrived.
Biden then participated in a solo event Friday morning with Mariko Suka – an incense lesson at Akasaka Palace – before later heading to the Imperial Palace for a reception with Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
From the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, Biden held a Zoom call with Team USA – since COVID-19 protocols prevented a meeting in person.
On Saturday she also hosted embassy staff there for a watch party to see Team USA play Mexico in softball.