Jill Biden installs giant hearts on White House lawn for Valentine’s Day
First Lady says her heart installation is her “surprise Valentine’s Day message to the country”
First lady Jill biden added new temporary structures to the north lawn of the White House in honor of the upcoming holidays: large heart facilities that deliver messages of hope. Hearts are in the style of “conversation hearts”, the popular candy we all know and love. This morning she and President Joe Biden talked about Valentine’s Day and what it means this year especially for Americans struggling amid the pandemic.
With words like “hope”, “compassion”, “unity” and “courage” displayed on the large heart installations, the joyous display is a welcome sight during a long and hard winter.
When asked what inspired the First Lady to create the holiday art exhibit, she replied, “I just wanted a little bit of cheer… With the pandemic, everyone is feeling a bit depressed. So, it’s just a little bit of joy. A little hope. That’s all.”
Reporter: What inspired you to organize this Valentine’s Day art installation at the White House?
The First Lady, Dr Jill Biden: “I just wanted a little bit of joy… With the pandemic, everyone is feeling a little bit depressed. So it’s just a little bit of joy. A little bit of hope. is all.” pic.twitter.com/FuZ9yd7WUU
– NBC News (@NBCNews) February 12, 2021
Watching the President and the First Lady enjoy their morning cup of coffee on the White House lawn with their dogs, greet reporters, and show off a very sweet vacation plan, is almost shocking after four years of … whatever the opposite extreme of that. The president even noted that Valentine’s Day is his wife’s favorite holiday while looking at her with love and awe for her efforts. Is that honestly… nice? Kind, very nice.
Love, Jill pic.twitter.com/y5Y6BDGHUT
– Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) February 12, 2021
In a statement to reporters, the first lady’s office said conversation hearts were a nod “to the days of sharing candy hearts with friends and family.”
“As you may know, the First Lady is known for her sense of humor, her love of surprises and the celebration of traditions, especially with her family,” the statement continued. “Valentine’s Day has always been one of her favorite holidays. Sending messages of healing, unity, hope and compassion, it is her Valentine’s Day in the country. “
. @FLOTUS overnight, giant hearts were installed on the North Lawn of the White House – strategically placed will have them seen via television cameras as the backdrop to reporters’ successes. (📷 by @betsy_klein) pic.twitter.com/vhGUd1N54F
– Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 12, 2021
During the conversation on the Presidential Lawn, Biden recalled his first Valentine’s Day as Vice President, where Jill apparently placed a heart in every glass of her office that read “Joe loves Jill”.
BRB, it’s a little dusty in here. Because even small testimonies of love, respect and… normality have felt so far away, for so long, it is almost overwhelming to see a president and a first lady who love each other and their country very much. Not to mention the project in general, it’s just a very warm, very educational thing to do and you have love it.
It seems a lot of people across the country are feeling the same way, given the response from social media.
I just burst into tears when I saw this. Guess I’m not used to anything like that coming from the WH.
– Coleen Colton (@ Coleen721) February 12, 2021
I cried too – a White House that projects compassion, pleasure, and our shared experience instead of cold displays of wealth? It is a home of us people.
– Bethany Berger (@bethanyrberger) February 12, 2021
I feel like we live on a different (better) planet with this white house these two are setting up Valentine’s Day decorations, walking their dogs and having their morning coffee together ❤
– BRANDON (ME) (@ bonhomme317) February 12, 2021
And another president in blue jeans! Sounds fair.
– Robert Whitehead (@ZihuaRob) February 12, 2021
President Biden has worked hard on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, overturning many Trump-era executive orders that were surrounded by racism and xenophobia, trying to eliminate student debt relief (more c is over, Mr. President), and remain steadfast in its direct, honest and unadorned communication with the American people. He has been in office for less than a month. And while he has a very long and very difficult road ahead of him, watching the Bidens embrace their favorite vacation and include the whole country in it seemed like a well-deserved respite for a while.
“Tell them there is hope. There is hope. Stay strong, ”President Biden told White House reporters, who asked him how he texted his Valentine’s Day greetings to the rest of the country during such a difficult time.
Asked about his Valentine’s Day gift for the First Lady, he made sure everyone knew he still had a few days to find something. “Well, it’s not Valentine’s Day,” he joked. “I’m not telling you.”