Bidens tarde a la ceremonia de iluminación del árbol de Navidad; A la multitud se le pidió que rehaga el aplauso

El presidente y la primera dama fueron presentados en la ceremonia de iluminación del árbol de Navidad por LL Cool J, pero la multitud esperó casi dos minutos a que saliera la pareja.

A video shows the rapper introducing the pair as music plays. As the crowd stands up, sin embargo, the president and first lady are nowhere in sight.

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President Biden speaks as first lady Jill Biden listens during the National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA., el jueves, dic. 2, 2021.

President Biden speaks as first lady Jill Biden listens during the National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA., el jueves, dic. 2, 2021. (Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

After a few minutes, LL Cool J tells the audience theyare going to do it againwhile someone else could be heard asking for applause.

The president and first lady were then greeted by a cheering crowd as they welcomed everyone to the Christmas tree lightening on the Ellipse, south of the White House.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2021 with the attendance of President Biden in Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA., el dic. 2, 2021.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2021 with the attendance of President Biden in Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA., el dic. 2, 2021. ( Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Biden expressed his gratitude to the service members and their families. He remembered those who died from the pandemic.

NOSOTROS. Presidente Joe Biden, izquierda, and First Lady Jill Biden attend the National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA., NOSOTROS., el jueves, dic. 2, 2021.

NOSOTROS. Presidente Joe Biden, izquierda, and First Lady Jill Biden attend the National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA., NOSOTROS., el jueves, dic. 2, 2021. (Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

His speech ended with optimism for the future.

And as we look out across the country with the promise of a new year ahead, we know this: We are a great nation because [de] you — the American people,” el presidente dijo. “You are a good people. And because of you, we will never be more optimistic about the future. You’ve made me so optimistic I can’t — I tell you whatwe have so much ahead of us.

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