President Joe Biden, despite being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, said he still wears a mask outdoors because it is “a patriotic responsibility.”
Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance Tuesday saying that those who are fully inoculated no longer have to wear masks when outside and not in large crowds, Biden has covered his face several times this week.
His mask was on Wednesday afternoon when he walked to a lectern on the White House’s North Lawn to announce the CDC’s new guidelines and his administration’s efforts to continue vaccinating more and more people.
A reporter asked following his remarks why, given the new guidance, he wore his face covering on the walk out, and the president indicated he did so as stagecraft to mark a milestone in the pandemic.
“By watching me take it off and not put it