President Biden and first lady Jill Biden expressed sadness Friday over actress Betty White’s passing, with the president calling her “a lovely lady.”
“That’s a shame,” Biden told reporters outside a Delaware restaurant where he and his wife had gone for a New Year’s Eve lunch.
“Ninety-nine years old,” Biden added. “As my mother would say, God love her.”
“Who didn’t love Betty White?” the first lady chimed in. “We’re so sad.”
The “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Golden Girls” actress was found dead Friday morning at her Brentwood, Calif. home. She would have turned 100 years old on Jan. 17.
Biden, 79, the oldest person to hold the office of president, did not elaborate on any special kinship he may have felt with White, who at 88 in 2010 was the oldest person ever to host “Saturday Night Live.”
The president was expected to spend a quiet New Year’s Eve at his Wilmington home, with no public events on his Friday schedule. When asked if he had any New Year’s resolutions, Biden said of his wife: “I’m gonna try to earn her more love.”
“Everybody knows I love her more than she loves me,” the president added.
The president also told reporters that he “may very well” visit Colorado early in the New Year to survey damage left by Thursday’s devastating wildfires.
The White House announced earlier Friday that Biden had spoken with the state’s governor, Jared Polis, to discuss the blazes that damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes.
“Governor Polis described the impacts and the need for additional Federal support, and the President assured him that every effort will be made to provide immediate help to people in the impacted communities,” read a presidential readout, which later added: “Fortunately, snowfall will help bring an end to the fires, and recovery efforts can get underway.”