The college basketball may have thought that the Angel Reese/White House beef was over. Caitlin Clark had called on the White House to retract the First Lady's invitation for Iowa to join LSU in going to The White House. The First Lady's press team had walked back and clarified what Dr. Biden had meant with her original statement. Elsewhere, Boosie gave affectionate nicknames to Reese's teammates while Lil Wayne set up collabs. But "Bayou Barbie" should never be counted out.
The saga's latest chapter began on Tuesday as the Bidens formally invited UConn and LSU to the White House. The First Lady's press secretary, Vanessa Valdivia, then tweeted a clarification of Dr. Biden's remarks on Monday. Valdivia claimed that "Her comments in Colorado were intended to applaud the historic game and all women athletes. She looks forward to celebrating the LSU Tigers on their championship win at the White House." Reese dropped her retort the following day.
"We'll Go See the Obamas"
On Wednesday, Reese sat down with the Paper Route podcast and did not hold back when it came to the topic of Dr. Biden's comments. "I don't accept the apology because you said what you said," Reese began, "...I said what I said and you can't go back on certain things you say. They [The Bidens] felt that they [Iowa] should have came because of sportsmanship. They can have that spotlight. We'll go see the Obamas. We'll see Michelle, go see Barack." Reese also pointed out that President Biden's official bracket had LSU being upset by 6-seed Michigan in the tournament's second round.
While "We'll go to the Obamas" quickly went viral, Reese was very clear about her stance. To Reese, Dr. Biden's desire to invite Iowa because of their "sportsmanship" was an unsubtle endorsement of the claims against Reese's in-game behavior. While the issue has been debated to death, and several prominent figures have defended Reese, a stark contrast still remains. The white First Lady wanted to invite the white-majority runners-up alongside the Black-majority winners because of their "sportsmanship". However, whether there is more to come in this saga remains to be seen.