President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi became the first grandchild of a president ever to be married at the White House on Saturday.
Naomi Biden is the daughter of Hunter Biden and ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, both of whom walked her down the aisle of the South Lawn ceremony held just before noon on a chilly, 40-degree day.
She married Peter Neal, a fellow law school graduate she met in 2018. The two have lived in the White House’s family quarters since August with their dog Charlie.
The wedding, lunch and evening reception were kept private, and no press were allowed to attend.
A private event
“I totally understand it’s happening at the People’s House,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at Friday’s daily press briefing when questioned about why press couldn’t attend.
“This is going to be, you know, the wedding of the First Lady and the President’s first grandchild, and these are their wishes,” Jean-Pierre continued. “They want it to be private, and we’re going to respect their wishes.”
Later reports said that the pair exchanged vows they wrote themselves, and that about 250 guests attended the wedding. A lunch for close family and friends was held, followed by a larger reception at the executive mansion later in the day.
The Biden family paid for the festivities, and taxpayers will not foot any part of the bill.
What will they do?
Naomi Biden’s LinkedIn says she is an International Arbitration Associate at Arnold & Porter law firm, but Peter Neal’s LinkedIn does not list any employment despite his graduation from Penn Law in May 2022.
Neal interned with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama while in college. His undergraduate degree is in political communications.
The couple also run a website dedicated to helping people access their Cares Act benefits related to coronavirus relief.
After the ceremony, the proud grandparents did post a photo on Twitter.
Congratulations Naomi and Peter! We love you. pic.twitter.com/aIEatnDQhm
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 19, 2022