Barack Obama and President Joe Biden pay heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her loss of life
As tributes for 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, and current POTUS Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden all released long, heartfelt statements on the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, which were widely shared on social media.
In a joint statement with 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 moment as countless tributes in her honor are posted online, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has captivated the world. Her Majesty was just 25 years old when she took on the enormous task of leading one of the world’s greatest democracies. In the decades that followed, she made the role of queen her own, with a reign marked by grace, elegance and a tireless work ethic that defied the odds and expectations placed on women of her generation.
“Michelle and I were fortunate to meet Her Majesty and she meant a great deal to us. As we were just beginning to move through life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us onto the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. We have always been struck by her warmth, her ability to put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable sense of humor and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.”
President Joe Biden echoed many of Barack Obama’s sentiments in his own lengthy tribute, also published in collaboration with his wife Jill Biden:
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She shaped an era. In a world of constant change, she has been a constant presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. A lasting admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of her storied rule witnessed an age of unprecedented human progress and the advancement of human dignity.
She was the first British monarch with whom people around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection, whether they heard her on the radio addressing the children of the United Kingdom as a young princess or gathered around their television sets for her coronation. or watched their last Christmas speech or their platinum anniversary on their phones. And she, in turn, devoted her whole life to her ministry.
Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and steadfastness who deepened the rock-solid alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special.”
Meanwhile, Barack Obama and Joe Biden had a reunion of sorts earlier this week when the Obamas were present at the White House when President Biden presented them with their official White House portraits.