Naomi Biden got married last weekend. Mazel tov, Naomi and random husband. A reasonable response to this news item might be, “Who is Naomi Biden?” Or, “Who did she marry?” Or: “Did the groom’s mother Write a book about her death during a kayaking trip in Chile in 1999, and then meeting “a group of 15 to 20 souls (human spirits sent by God)” who greeted her with “the most overwhelming joy” she had ever experienced and felt could have imagined?”
The answers to those questions are:
- Hunter Biden’s daughter and Joe Biden’s granddaughter.
- Her boyfriend of three years, recent law school graduate Peter Neal.
- Yes, the book was mentioned To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again.
But the White House press corps and a select few other journalists are wondering something else: Why weren’t reporters invited? The reason for this investigation is that Karine Jeanne-Pierre, White House press secretary, announced on November 18 that the Bidens had decided to keep the wedding private. “It’s a family event,” she told the crowd. “We’re going to respect Naomi and Peter’s wishes.” New York Post reported On Saturday, they ensured that privacy by erecting a temporary fence around the park that separates the White House from the Washington Monument.
Tuesday morning though Fashion published a “exclusive” distribution of wedding photos with an accompanying article. The title of the piece suggests that the photos and interviews were taken several days before the wedding itself. But the DC reporters whose lives revolve around daily press briefings and dissecting the nonsensical details of political messages nevertheless began to melt away:
Honestly, Gawker would have gladly accepted an invitation to Naomi Biden’s wedding at the White House. But like all these liars, we would have tried to steal the wedding microphone to ask her father about his sensory deprivation tanks, her grandfather about the child discount, and her mother-in-law to elaborate on that encounter with God’s spirits. There are also some interesting to ask to ask Naomi and Peter themselves. But perhaps these White House groups should delve into something more important, or at least treat this mild breach of protocol as adults should – with indifference.
In short, a very happy Thanksgiving to Matt Yglesias, with whom we agree for once.