Biden’s granddaughter Naomi to marry Saturday at White House
President Barack Obama gestures with Vice President Joe Biden during a family photo in the West Wing of the White House on Monday. AP
For the third time in as many years, presidential children are gathering in the West Wing to announce the happy news of their respective weddings to their future spouses: Vice President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Vice President Joe Biden Jr., will marry actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at the White House on Saturday.
And on Sunday, President Barack Obama’s granddaughter, Malia Obama, will tie the knot to singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who is the sister of Biden.
“Ellen is the woman for me,” Malia Obama told The Associated Press on Sunday. “I feel like I’m in a position where I can take risks and express myself and still stay in line.”
“It is the beginning of a wonderful chapter in my life and I am so grateful to President Obama for this opportunity to marry my best friend and the love of my life,” Swift said in a statement. It was unclear how the ceremony would be officiated.
According to White House officials, the president and Biden Jr. will host a reception at the White House before the ceremony.
The president will not be attending the ceremony, according to a White House statement.
Biden, 72, and Swift were close friends and had a “close and loving relationship,” Obama’s statement said.
The announcement comes after another high-powered wedding took place in the weeks after Malia Obama’s election to the U.S. Senate. The first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, wed her former assistant, Valerie Jarrett, on a private island in Hawaii on June 16.
On Sunday, the Obamas will be joined by first Lady Melania Trump at their White House residence to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Obamas will also hold an official reception at the White House for American troops on Thursday.
The Obamas’ upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations were kept secret for months, but on Dec. 31, news reports claimed the president and his wife