President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden spent their holiday Monday attending the wedding of their nephew Cuffe Owens and Meghan King, a former star of the reality TV show Real Housewives of Orange County, while Biden’s administration faced growing controversies.
The First Couple attended the small family ceremony at the home of the President’s sister Valerie Owens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and then headed back to Washington, D.C., with a supply chain crisis gripping the country and his multi-trillion spending plan in limbo.
When he landed back at the White House, Biden didn’t answer any questions shouted from reporters and headed inside with First Lady Jill and granddaughter Naomi, the daughter of Hunter Biden and his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle Biden.
LA-based attorney Owens, 42, and King, 37, only revealed they were dating last month. The couple told Brides magazine they’ve had a whirlwind romance since meeting on a dating app and and their wedding only had a tight-knit guest list of 50 people, including the President and First Lady.
They tied the knot on the lawn in front of Owens’ childhood home. King opted for a blazer from Rasario instead of a traditional wedding dress and Owens went for a blue Ralph Lauren suit.
The Bidens only stayed for a short time before they left in the motorcade and headed back to Delaware for the flight back to D.C.
King’s twin sons, Hart and Hayes, and her daughter, Aspen, were part of the wedding party and her father walked her down the aisle.
President Biden, First Lady Jill and granddaughter Naomi Biden walk across the South Lawn of the White House after attending the wedding of Biden’s nephew Cuffe Owens and former Real Housewives of Orange County Star Meghan King
Owens and King tied the knot during the small ceremony at Kennett Square Golf and Country Club in Pennsylvania in front of a small group of family and friends
‘Consistent with our choice of venue and our reasons for choosing it, our vision was of an intimate and simple gathering—no major frills, no overthinking, no drama,’ the couple told the magazine.
King, the former wife of baseball star Jim Edmonds, posted a photo of the couple hugging.
‘Trying my best to avoid any cheesy introductions like ‘my main squeeze’ … so just meet my man,’ she wrote to her legions of fans.
King has three children from her marriage to Edmonds, which ended in 2009.
Owens is the son of Biden’s sister, Valerie Owens, who has played a pivotal role in her brother’s political career including as adviser to his triumphant 2020 presidential run.
She also helped plan the wedding along with his sisters Missey and Casey.
‘We told the kids they could walk down the aisle with me if they wanted to and Aspen said she wanted ‘to throw flowers at me’ so it was decided she would be the flower girl! Aspen wore a sweet cotton flower girl dress from Feltman Brothers that matched the dresses worn by our young nieces as well,’ King told Brides.
‘I bought the boys’ suits and shoes from Amazon. Do you know how hard it is to find belts for little boys?! So, they went belt-free,’ she added. ‘Cuffe found their ties at Brooks Brothers’.
Owens has stayed reasonably out of the limelight since his uncle arrived in the White House.
King’s twin sons, Hart and Hayes, and her daughter, Aspen, were part of the wedding party and her father walked her down the aisle
They tied the knot on the lawn in front of Owens’ childhood home. King opted for a blazer from Rasario instead of a traditional wedding dress and Owens went for a blue Ralph Lauren suit
‘Consistent with our choice of venue and our reasons for choosing it, our vision was of an intimate and simple gathering—no major frills, no overthinking, no drama,’ the couple told the magazine
President Joe Biden looks up at the White House as he walks across the South Lawn with Jill and Naomi after stepping off Marine One
Jill Biden waves to waiting cameras and reporters as the group made their way into the White House (left). The President also gestured the media but didn’t answer any questions before going inside
President Biden (right) and granddaughter Naomi Biden board Marine One at Delaware Air National Guard Base at the end of his long holiday weekend on Monday
President Biden’s motorcade leaves the wedding of Cuffe Owens and Meghan O’Toole King in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on the way back to Delaware for the flight back to Washington D.C.
His new wife, however, first appeared on television in 2014 in an episode of Just Say Yes to the Dress, before joining the cast of Real Housewives of Orange County a year later.
The Bidens spent the weekend at their home outside Wilmington before attending the wedding on Columbus Day.
‘The president and the first lady are attending a small, family wedding at the home of Valerie and Jack Owens,’ said the White House.
They are due to return to the White House and a full in-tray of crises on Monday evening.
The weekend brought fresh woes, with reports of empty shelves at stores amid continuing supply chain warnings, following weak jobs numbers on Friday and a continuing impasse over the president’s massive spending program.
And things could get worse.
Toy company chief executives have begun telling parents to buy Christmas gifts now to avoid disappointment.
Rationing has begun at some stores. Costco and BJ’s Wholesale Club at the weekend started limiting the amount of paper goods customers could buy in parts of Long Island.
In Bellport, a town in southern Long Island halfway between the Hamptons and New York City, shoppers were limited to two bundles of toilet paper each.
Extra COVID unemployment payments ended in September which economists hoped would drive a surge in jobs, but the response has been sluggish at best.
Meghan King, 37, posted a picture of her new boyfriend Cuffe Biden Owens, the nephew of Joe Biden, last month. The president and first lady attended their wedding on Monday
Owens is the son of Biden’s sister Valerie Owens, pictured right next to President Biden in black and white dress in 2013
King’s most highly publicized relationship was with MLB player Jim Edmonds who she divorced from in 2021 after he admitted he was unfaithful to her
While the Bidens spent the holiday away from Washington indigenous and environmental activists protested outside the White House. The demonstrations was part of People vs. Fossil Fuels protests across the country by a coalition of groups
FLORIDA: A Costco in Naples, Florida, ran out of toilet paper on Sunday and was severely low on other goods as the supply chain issues that have been worrying retailers for months presented themselves in stores
Last week produced the worst jobs report of Biden’s presidency, with only 194,000 jobs added – far short of the 500,000 that were expected.
With millions of dollars of American goods sitting in warehouses in China and Asia, the president has launched a White House supply chain task force.
But Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell predicted the issues – triggered by rising demand after pandemic shutdowns and global energy problems – will continue into the new year, prolonging inflation and raising prices for American consumers.
The result is hundreds of thousands of ships full of imported goods from Asia are stuck in jams outside Los Angeles and the world’s busiest ports.
It leaves the president under growing pressure to do more to ease the problems, including lifting Trump-era tariffs that have added to supply chain problems with China.
On Friday his press secretary insisted the administration had been working to tackle the issue.
‘We’ve not only been talking about this since January, we’ve been working to put in place a range of steps to help address the challenges in the supply chains,’ said Jen Psaki.
That is not the only other problem Biden faces on his return.
Divisions within his own party have stalled not just a massive $3.5 trillion social spending plan but a smaller $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
Two holdout senators, who balked at the scale of the plans, mean the bigger proposals are likely to cut down to nearer $2 trillion.
But Biden must keep voluble, progressive Democrats on board and they have vowed not to let the infrastructure bill advance until they have agreements on pushing through the big prize of an overhaul of social welfare, free education and efforts to tackle climate change.
The coming weeks could offer the president his last chance to stamp his authority on the nation before the calendar shifts to next year’s midterms.