As tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II continue to pour in from around the world, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were among the first to speak of her death. Former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, along with current U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, released lengthy and candid statements regarding the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II that were widely shared on social media.
AT joint statement With his wife Michelle Obama, Barack Obama wrote the following about the life and death of Queen Elizabeth II:
“From the day of her coronation 70 years ago – the first ever televised – to this very moment, with countless tributes published online in her honor, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has enchanted the world. Her Majesty was only 25 years old when she took on the colossal task of running one of the world’s great democracies. In the decades that followed, she continued to make the role of queen her own – with a reign defined by grace, elegance and a tireless work ethic, defying the divisions and expectations placed on the women of her generation.
“Michelle and I were lucky enough to meet Her Majesty and she meant a lot to us. When we first began our lives as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. Time and time again we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease, and the way she brought her considerable humor and charm to moments of great luxury and circumstance.”
President Joe Biden echoed many of Barack Obama’s sentiments in his own lengthy tribute, which was also released alongside his wife, Jill Biden:
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than just a monarch. She defined the era. In a world of constant change, she has been a constant presence and a source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons, including many who never knew their country without her. Enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II has united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of her historic reign witnessed an era of unprecedented human progress and the advancement of human dignity.
She was the first British monarch with whom people all over the world felt a personal and immediate connection, whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess speaking to the children of the United Kingdom, or gathered around the televisions for her coronation. or watched her last Christmas speech or her platinum anniversary on their phones. And she, in turn, devoted her whole life to serving them.
Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unsurpassed dignity and constancy, who cemented a strong alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special.”
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Barack Obama and Joe Biden had a meeting of sorts with the Obamas on hand at the White House when President Biden presented them with their official White House portraits.