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 out about her death. Former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, along with current POTUS Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, issued extensive and moving statements on the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II that were widely distributed on social media.
in a joint declaration 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 to be televised, to this very moment, as countless tributes are posted online in her honour, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has captivated the world. Her Majesty was only 25 years old when she took on the daunting task of running one of the world’s largest democracies. In the decades that followed, she would make the role of Queen her own, with a reign defined by grace, elegance and a tireless work ethic, defying the odds and the expectations placed on women of her generation.
“Michelle and I were lucky enough to get to know Her Majesty, and she meant a lot to us. When we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us onto the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. Time and time again, she impressed us with the warmth of hers, the way she put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable humor and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.”
President Joe Biden echoed many of Barack Obama’s sentiments in his lengthy tribute, which was also published alongside his wife Jill Biden:
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era. In an ever-changing world, she was a constant presence and a source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons, including many who have never known her country without her. An abiding admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united the people of the Commonwealth. The seven decades of her historic reign witnessed an era of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity.
She was the first British monarch with whom people all over the world could feel a personal and immediate connection, whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess talking to the children of the United Kingdom or gathered around their televisions for her coronation. or they watched her latest Christmas speech or her Platinum Jubilee on her phones. And she, in turn, dedicated her entire life to serving them.
Queen Elizabeth II was a statesman of unparalleled dignity and steadfastness who deepened the fundamental 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 something of a reunion when the Obamas were present at the White House as President Biden presented them with their official White House portraits.