"Joe is 81... but he's 81 doing more in an hour than most people do in a day. Joe has wisdom, empathy, and vision," Jill Biden wrote in an email to donors. "His age... is an incredible asset."
The state visit for Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was planned months ago. But the Middle East crisis prompted the White House to change the tenor of the event.
The White House says President Biden tested negative, and will continue to be tested ahead of a planned trip to India this week. The First Lady will remain in Delaware.
For the first time in recent history, the White House is hosting a state dinner that's entirely vegetarian. Plant-based chef Nina Curtis came in to help curate the menu.
The White House unveiled new bunny costumes, received commemorative eggs from egg growers and students and hosted 30,000 visitors to participate in the roll and other education-themed activities.
While it is tradition for the national champions to receive an invitation to visit the White House, runners up are not extended the same invite.
The White House says more than 150 volunteers decorated the building for a week to put together this year's holiday decorations. First lady Jill Biden selected a theme of "We the People."
The first lady first tested positive on Aug. 16 and she remained in isolation for five days, undergoing a course of Paxlovid treatment. She tested positive again Wednesday and does not have symptoms.
Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky was suspended from his contracting role with the Army and is under investigation after replying to a tweet from first lady Jill Biden on abortion rights.