Mayor reflects on big (birth)day at White House

Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton said being able to meet with President Joe Biden’s domestic affairs staff was particularly valuable.

Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton joked during the City Council meeting Thursday evening that she came prepared Wednesday afternoon with a list of city projects that need funding when she was invited to the White House. There was no word whether President Joe Biden received the list.

Driving the news: Middleton was one of 200 LGBTQ leaders from throughout the nation who were invited to a Pride Month ceremony at the White House. During the event, the President and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made remarks, as did a Miami student instrumental in leading protests against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

  • Biden signed an executive order on “preventing and combatting discrimination against LGBTQI+ Americans” during a subsequent ceremony.

Zoom in: Middleton said being able to meet with the President’s domestic affairs staff was particularly valuable. During the meeting, several mayors got a chance to speak about “simple mayor stuff” such as infrastructure.

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  • “In this day and age, mayors in some cities of the United States don’t have the luxury of just focusing on these issues,” she acknowledged.

But wait: The fact the invite coincided with her birthday “was totally and completely coincidental,” she said. What wasn’t coincidental, however, was greater appreciation for Palm Springs that she walked away with.

  • “Thank you for making this a community that the entire nation wants to look like,” she said, addressing city residents.


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