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Hillary Clinton making return to White House for ceremony with Jill Biden

 September 8, 2023

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit the White House -- an office she once aspired to occupy -- next week alongside current first lady Jill Biden.

Both women are gearing up to co-host a ceremony honoring recipients of a distinguished arts accolade. The White House has yet to unveil the honorees, as the Daily Mail reported.

Praemium Imperiale Award Ceremony

The official announcement indicates that Clinton will visit the White House on Tuesday to recognize the 2023 laureates of the Praemium Imperiale.

This globally recognized award, presented annually by the Japan Art Association, celebrates individuals for their exceptional contributions to the arts throughout their lifetime.

In 1994, then-President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary celebrated the Praemium Imperiale laureates for the first time at the White House.

First Lady's Health Update

The ceremony follows Jill Biden's positive test for COVID-19 a week ago. The White House has reported her condition as "mild," noting that she is recuperating well.

Since the disclosure of the first lady's diagnosis, President Joe Biden has undergone three COVID tests. 

The president, however, has tested negative for COVID-19, according to the White House on Thursday, as reported by Reuters.

Presently, Jill Biden is recuperating at the family's beachside residence in Delaware.

Presidential Visits

In May 2022, Bill Clinton had lunch with Biden at the White House. 

This meeting took place shortly after former President Barack Obama's first return visit to the White House since leaving office, a trip he made in order to attend an event celebrating his landmark healthcare legislation.

Hillary, who served as a senator from New York and was also secretary of State during the Obama administration, saw her presidential aspirations quashed in 2016 when she was defeated by Donald Trump.

The race was all the more notable as Joe Biden, Obama's vice president, was not a candidate for the top job. His decision not to run largely stemmed, according to reporting at the time, from the recent heartbreaking loss of his son, Beau to cancer.

White House Update on First Lady's Health

The official confirmation from the White House suggests that next Tuesday's ceremony remains on track despite the first lady's case of COVID-19.

Addressing the media on the matter, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned, "the first lady is doing well" during her recovery phase.

Jean-Pierre also shared that President Biden received another negative COVID result on Wednesday morning. This follows two consecutive negative outcomes from the preceding days.

President Biden's itinerary for the week revealed a scheduled departure on Thursday so that he can attend the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi, India, with subsequent visits planned for Vietnam and Alaska.