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Jill Biden Pranked Staff And Press For April Fool’s By Impersonating Flight Attendant Named ‘Jasmine’

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First lady Jill Biden on Thursday had some fun at the expense of both her staff and the reporters assigned to cover her as part of an April Fool’s prank by dressing up as a flight attendant named “Jasmine,” according to pool reports.

Key Facts

Biden donned a short black wig, a black pants suit, a black face mask – the typical attire of a flight attendant on Executive One Foxtrot, the first lady’s plane – and a name badge reading “Jasmine,” according to Daily Mail reporter Emily Goodin.

Biden reportedly walked through cabins containing staffers, Secret Service agents and her press pool “passing out Dove ice cream bars,” only to return five minutes later without the wig to reveal her identity.

The first lady was flying back to Washington, D.C., after a trip from California, where she gave a speech to the United Farm Workers and visited a coronavirus vaccination site in Forty Acres.

Reporters and Biden’s own staff alike were “totally fooled,” according to Goodin, who reported that Biden staffers Anthony Bernal and Michael LaRosa said they were “just as surprised when ‘Jasmine,’ revealed her true identity.”

Biden, Goodin said, was “laughing and visibly pleased with her prank.”

Key Background

The first lady has a notorious history as a prankster. Then-Vice President Joe Biden said in 2014 that April Fool’s Day is “like a tradition” for his wife’s family, and that he wakes up each April 1 worrying, “What in the hell is Jill gonna do this time?” 

Crucial Quote

“Like for example, one April Fool’s Day… we get in Air Force Two, we’re flying and I’m saying, ‘where the hell is Jill?’ And I open up the baggage compartment on top, above, you know? And she jumps out of the compartment,” Biden said in 2014, exclaiming, “I feel so stupid!” “This is the Second Lady of the United States of America jumping out of the overhead baggage compartment,” he added.

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