Hillary Clinton slated for WH return alongside Jill Biden on Tuesday

 September 9, 2023

With her ambitions regarding the White House never having been in doubt, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will pay a visit to the historic premises next week for a noteworthy event, as Fox News reports.

While her appearance may not be quite what she always had in mind, Mrs. Clinton on Tuesday will be on hand at 1600 Pennsylvania to join in honoring recipients of the 2023 Praemium Imperiale arts prize.

Presented each year by the Japan Art Association, the Praemium Imperiale is meant to celebrate lifelong contributions and achievements in the arts.

Going back to its inception in 1988, the awards are the result of work done by nomination committees chaired by international advisors.

Potential winners are brought forward from five disciplines, namely, painting, architecture, sculpture, music, and film/theater, according to the organization.

It is on Tuesday that the names of the 34th group of Praemium Imperiale Laureates will be announced, with the D.C. event also serving as the venue for the announcement of the organization's Grant for Young Artists.

Mrs. Clinton will be joined at Tuesday's ceremony by first lady Jill Biden, despite the fact that she recently tested positive for COVID-19.

It was in the wake of the Labor Day holiday that Mrs. Biden first announced her COVID diagnosis, though White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre went to great lengths to emphasize that the first lady was experiencing only “mild symptoms” and was “doing well.”

Mrs. Biden remained at her family's Rehoboth Beach, Delaware vacation residence following her positive test results, awaiting the all-clear while her husband returned to Washington prior to leaving for the G-20 summit in India Thursday.

As of Thursday, however, the first lady received word that she was testing negative for COVID-19 once more, as Reuters noted, seemingly paving the way for next week's event to move forward as planned.

Despite having spent the holiday with his wife in Delaware, President Biden reportedly continued to test negative for the virus over the course of the week and was closely monitored for the emergence of any symptoms, according to The Hill.

Biden courted controversy, however, when, despite the White House having said that the president would follow administration guidance in that he would wear a mask when indoors due to his recent exposure to a positive case, he removed his face covering during a Medal of Honor Ceremony in the East Room on Tuesday.

Jean-Pierre attempted to deflect criticism by urging observers to place the president's conduct in “context” and saying that Biden had tested negative multiple times and that the country is “in a different phase” of COVID than it was during the height of the pandemic.

Regardless of the kerfuffle, it appears that Mrs. Clinton's planned – and noticeably rare – visit to the place she once called home will be able to go on as scheduled without interference from the virus.