Jill Biden wears sunglasses in first appearance since cancer surgery

Jill Biden wears sunglasses in first appearance since cancer surgery on her eye – as husband Joe refuses to answer questions on documents scandal (despite finding time to appear in SNL sketch)

  • Jill Biden sported sunglass for first post-surgery outing
  • She returned to White House with president after weekend in Rehoboth
  • President didn’t answer questions on growing documents scandal

Jill Biden was seen in public on Monday for the first time since her Mohs surgery, sporting sunglasses to cover her eyes after having lesions removed from each lid.

White House Dr. Kevin O’Connor said last week the first lady was cancer free but still experiencing ‘mild bruising and swelling’ after the procedure.

She and President Joe Biden walked hand-in-hand to the White House on Monday morning after spending the weekend at their beach house in Rehoboth, Delaware.  President Biden ignored shouted questions on the classified document crisis engulfing his administration.

The president did, however, make a surprise cameo appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Jill Biden wore sunglasses for her first post-surgery public appearance after she had lesions removed from each eye lid

Jill Biden wore sunglasses for her first post-surgery public appearance after she had lesions removed from each eye lid

Jill Biden accompanied President Joe Biden back to the White House after they spent the weekend at their Rehoboth, Delaware, beach house

Jill Biden accompanied President Joe Biden back to the White House after they spent the weekend at their Rehoboth, Delaware, beach house

Biden popped up in actress Aubrey Plaza’s opening monologue in the late-night comedy show, celebrating the White Lotus star’s Delaware roots. 

‘I was actually voted the most famous person from Delaware. I beat Joe Biden. That’s a fact,’ Plaza said in her opening remarks. 

‘And he was pissed. He was livid. Look at this video he sent me,’ she added.

The screen then cut to a video message from Biden where he said: ‘Aubrey, you’re the most famous person out of Delaware and there’s no question about that. We’re just grateful you made it out of White Lotus alive.’

The president’s classified documents scandal took a new turn over the weekend when Biden’s personal attorney announced six more documents had been found at Biden’s Wilmington home after the Justice Department spent all of Friday searching the property.

Even some Democrats are now questioning the administration’s handling of the scandal. Originally Biden and his team waited two months to concede he had classified material in his possession that dated back to his time as vice president and only admitted it after CBS News reported the news.

Since then, the administration has announced more documents have been found but has struggled to explain the delay in publicly announcing each discovery. Administration officials stress that the National Archives and Justice Department were informed promptly and argue they were following federal procedure. 

The White House also has stressed that Biden’s team has cooperated voluntarily with law enforcement to allowed access to documents Biden’s lawyers have discovered, and have tried to contrast it with Donald Trump’s months long resistance to requests from the National Archives, in a clash that led to an FBI search under a subpoena. 

Biden also didn’t address questions on whether his Rehoboth property will be searched by federal agents. His personal attorney searched it and said no classified material was at the beach house. The president is scheduled to go to Camp David this coming weekend. 

President Joe Biden didn't answer questions about the classified documents scandal engulfing his White House

President Joe Biden didn’t answer questions about the classified documents scandal engulfing his White House

The White House doctor said last week that Jill Biden is cancer free

The White House doctor said last week that Jill Biden is cancer free

Meanwhile, Jill Biden will make another public appearance on Wednesday when she donates her inaugural ball gown – and face mask – to the Smithsonian’s American History Museum.

It’s traditional for each first lady to donate her gown.

Biden, in an historic first, will donate both her ballgown and the blue wool dress she wore to her husband’s swearing-in ceremony. 

She is returning to her public schedule after her Mohs surgery on January 11th. 

The first lady had lesions removed from her face and chest at Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. At least two of them – one from above her right eye and one of the left side of her chest – were determined to be cancerous but had all the cancerous tissue successfully removed.

The one from her left eyelid was sent out for a traditional biopsy but the results came back cancer free, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter released by the East Wing last Wednesday.

‘Results are consistent with a seborrheic keratosis,’ O’Connor wrote. ‘Seborrheic keratosis is a very common, totally harmless non-cancerous growth. No further treatment is required.’

Seborrheic keratosis is a common noncancerous skin growth that people tend to get as they get older. Seborrheic keratoses are usually brown, black or light tan. 

‘Dr. Biden is recovering very nicely from her procedures,’ O’Connor said. ‘She experienced some anticipated mild bruising and swelling but feels very well.’ 

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden walk into the White House on Monday

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden walk into the White House on Monday

The first lady was under anesthesia for about five hours for her Mohs surgery, which she had last Wednesday at Walter Reed National Military Hospital.

O’Connor said in a memo last week after her surgery that the first lady was experiencing facial swelling and bruising.

She had a lesion removed from above her right eye, which was confirmed to be basal cell carcinoma. Doctors also found a lesion on her chest, which appeared to be basal cell carcinoma, and doctors extracted. They later confirmed it was that type of skin cancer. 

‘All cancerous tissue was successfully removed,’ O’Connor said. 

Additionally, during the surgery, doctors also excised a lesion from her left eyelid and sent it in for additional testing. This is the one that was found to be benign. 

President Joe Biden said last week his wife of 45 years is doing well but feeling some soreness. 

‘She will be sore for a while because of the work they did on her eyes and — that’s where one of these were. But she has a 0 to 1% chance of the return of any cancer so thank God she is doing really well,’ he said.

Jill Biden thanked the hospital staff for their care.

Her spokesperson Vanessa Valdivia said in a statement last week that the first lady ‘sends her love and gratitude to all the doctors and nurses at Walter Reed for their expertise, care, and kindness, and appreciates all those who have sent her well-wishes and prayers.’

Mohs Surgery is an outpatient procedure where thin layers of skin are cut away and tested for cancer. 

President Biden spent eight hours at the hospital to be with his wife during her procedure. 

In his letter last Wednesday, O’Connor noted that ‘basal cell carcinoma lesions do not tend to spread or ‘metastasize’ as some more serious skin cancers such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma are known to do.’

‘They do, however, have the potential to increase in size, resulting in a more significant issue as well as increased challenges for surgical removal,’ he wrote. 

Jill Biden is declared cancer free after her surgery last week - above she leaves the White House on Jan. 11th to head to Walter Reed for the procedure

Jill Biden is declared cancer free after her surgery last week – above she leaves the White House on Jan. 11th to head to Walter Reed for the procedure

The first lady steps off Marine One at the National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Jan. 11th for her surgery

The first lady steps off Marine One at the National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Jan. 11th for her surgery

Jill Biden, 71, is the oldest first lady in modern American history.

President Biden has accompanied her for two other medical procedures. 

Prior to Wednesday’s procedure, Dr. Biden had a ‘common medical procedure’ done at an outpatient center near the George Washington University campus in April 2021, with the White House not disclosing additional details.  

And, in July 2021, she traveled to Walter Reed to have debris removed from her foot after she stepped on an unnamed object while walking on a beach in Hawaii during a pit stop made in the state as she returned from the Tokyo Olympics. 

It is not the Biden family’s first brush with cancer.

Beau Biden was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma in 2013. He died in 2015.

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