Shortly after the inauguration on January 20th, Joe and Jill Biden stood awkwardly in the cold after being locked out of the White House. Biden fired the Trump-era chief usher just five hours earlier so no one was there to open the door.
The moment was extremely awkward to say the least considering the world was watching this historic moment and the Biden’s were completely locked out of the White House.
The Daily Mail reports:
The couple posed for photos outside the large wooden doors of the North Portico, waiving to the crowd as a military band played ‘Hail to the Chief’ nearby.
They then embraced one another, before turning to venture on inside. But there was a problem: the doors didn’t open.
For an awkward but fleeting period of around 10 seconds, Biden stares puzzlingly at the door before turning back to shoot a confused look at his approaching family members.
Eventually the doors swing open, though it’s unclear whether Jill and Joe were forced to open them themselves, or whether someone on the inside finally notice the mistake.
It remains unclear exactly what caused the delay, though the firing of the chief usher of the White House, Timothy Harleth, likely had a part to play.
How pathetic! The chief usher is in charge of welcoming the incoming president and his family, yet Biden fired him just hours earlier.
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