NEW YORK — President Biden played host to the United Nations General Assembly Leader’s Reception this evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The event, held in the elegant Charles Engelhard Court within the Met, saw attendees enjoying music while gathered around a captivating golden archer at the center of the room.

At precisely 7:29 PM, the familiar strains of “Hail to the Chief” filled the air, signaling the arrival of President Biden and the First Lady.

During his address, President Biden took a moment to acknowledge Governor Hochul, emphasizing the global expectations placed on the United States to provide leadership during these challenging times. He remarked, “We face a moment of great upheaval.”

Like our predecessors, we face a moment of great upheaval.  A moment where basic principles like sovereignty, territorial integrity, universal human rights are being tested.  

President Joe Biden

The President also addressed the ongoing crisis involving Russia’s “brazen attack” on Ukraine, hinting at his forthcoming speech to the United Nations by asserting, “We must confront the challenges around the world.”

In a brief, heartfelt message, President Biden stated, “Tonight, my message is simple. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And keep it up.” He went on to touch upon various critical issues, including climate change, among others.

Drawing attention to the Met’s rich literary collection, President Biden revealed, “The Met houses copies of poets like Seamus Heaney, my favorite poet.” He quoted the renowned poet and concluded with an inspiring message, stating, “This is an age where we can once more make hope and history rhyme.”

Notable figures in attendance included chef Jose Andres and philanthropist Bill Gates.


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Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at...

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