President Joe Biden sported a mystery mark on his right cheek bone on Monday at event with actress Selma Blair to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The mark wasn’t visible on Sunday when the president spoke to reporters about the deal to fund the government.
But it could be seen on his face Monday as he, Blair, and her service dog Scout paid tribute to the landmark legislation for people with disabilities.
The mark appeared to be gone by Biden’s later event, a cabinet meeting Monday afternoon.
He has sported marks on his face previously for a CPAP mask he wears at night to help with his sleep apnea.
Biden escorted Blair and her English Labrador from the White House to the stage on the South Lawn. Blair, 51, walks with a cane. She looked stylish in her white skirt suit with sparkling embellishments.
Blair, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018.
When she reached the stage, the actress, known for ‘Cruel Intentions’ and ‘Legally Blonde,’ told Scout, ‘down’ and ‘good boy.’
As he lay near Biden’s feet, the president started to bend down to pet Scout, but Blair looked over and said, ‘yeah, stay.’ That caused Biden to straighten up.
‘I feel so powerful all of a sudden,’ Blair said laughing.
Scout curled up near Biden’s feet during Blair’s remarks.
The actress praised the late Judy Heumann, the activist who helped secure passage of the legislation protecting the rights of disabled people. Both the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA were being celebrated on Monday.
‘The push towards equity continues,’ Blair said. ‘Our laws and policies must reflect that our disabled lives are not of lesser value.’
Blair wrote a bestselling memoir called Mean Baby in 2022, describing her battle with her disease. She’s revealed she suffered symptoms for years and, at one point, contemplated suicide.
And she’s talked about undergoing experimental stem cell and chemotherapy treatment for her multiple sclerosis.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prevents discrimination against disabled people on everything from employment to parking to voting.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Biden noted both bills received bipartisan support when clearing Congress.
‘These laws are a source of opportunity, meaningful inclusion, participation, respect, and, as my dad would say, the most important of all, dignity,’ Biden said. ‘Be treated with dignity. Ensuring that the American dream is for all of us, not just for some of us.’
After his remarks, Biden spent about 30 minutes talking to guests and taking selfiesh. He even signed ‘I love you’ to a little boy in American Sign Language.