Apparently First Lady Jill Biden enjoys a good April Fool’s joke, as dressed up like a flight attendant named “Jasmine” and handed out ice cream bars during a flight from California to Washington, DC.
Jill Biden Pranks Press Pool By Playing Flight Attendant, Serving Ice Cream
69-year-old Biden, the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), was in Bakersfield, CA this week. On her flight back to DC, she pranked not only the press pool, but her staff and secret service. She had brought along a wig and flight attendant uniform (including a “Jasmine” name tag).
After changing into the flight attendant outfit, she joined other Air Force stewards in the meal service (yes, apparently the White House press receives meals, unlike commercial passengers) and handed out Dove ice cream bars.
No one noticed it was her.
A few minutes later, her press secretary, Michael LaRosa, and her senior advisor, Anthony Bernal, returned to the press cabin laughing. Moments later, Biden appeared, still in flight attendant uniform, took her wig off, and shouted, “April fools!”
Everyone burst out laughing. Reporters noted the FLOTUS was “visibly pleased with her prank.”
This isn’t Biden’s first time pranking onboard an airplane. During the Obama Administration, she hid in the overhead bin onboard Air Force Two and startled staff.
In her memoir she stated:
“I’ve always believed you’ve got to steal the joyful moments when you can. Life is difficult, and if you sit around waiting for fun to show up, you’ll find yourself going without it more often than not.”
It sounds like the FLOTUS is quite fun to be around. I can only imagine the reaction onboard.
And one small technical matter. Although the aircraft, a modified Boeing 757, is used by presidents on trips in which the 747 cannot be accommodated, the flight is only called Air Force One when the President is onboard. Other headlines saying this occurred on Air Force One are simply inaccurate.