Jill Biden walks back inviting Iowa to join LSU for White House visit

Xavier Roger


First Lady Jill Biden’s idea of inviting the Iowa women’s basketball team to the White House has come to a screeching halt.

The press secretary to the First Lady posted on Twitter that Biden “looks forward” to welcoming the LSU women’s basketball team to the White House after they defeated the Hawkeyes 102-85 in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game Sunday.

“The First Lady loved watching the NCAA women’s basketball championship game alongside young student athletes and admires how far women have advanced in sports since the passing of Title IX,” press secretary Vanessa Valdivia said in the statement. “Her comments in Colorado were intended to applaud the historic game and all women athletes. She looks forward to celebrating the LSU Tigers on their championship win at the White House.”

OPINION:Jill Biden managed to insult both LSU and Iowa with White House invite idea

First Lady Jill Biden and other listen to the national anthem before the NCAA Women's Final Four championship basketball game =between LSU and Iowa Sunday, April 2, 2023, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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The statement comes amid backlash following Biden’s suggestion of inviting Iowa along with LSU, despite the Hawkeyes’ loss. Biden was in attendance Sunday in Dallas when LSU won.

“I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do. So, we hope LSU will come,” Biden said after the championship game. “But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come, too, because they played such a good game.”


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