Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook of BTS visited the White House on May 31 as part of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month (AANHPI Heritage Month). As part of the Korean septet’s visit, the band members briefly appeared at an official press briefing at the White House, met with Vice President Kamala Harris, and met with President Joe Biden.
Following the visit, Biden has shared multiple videos of his meeting with BTS on social media. In a new video, Biden told BTS he “appreciates” them, prompting RM to say, “I have to tell my mom.”
President Joe Biden said he ‘appreciates’ BTS
On June 4, Biden shared a video of BTS’ visit to the White House on his official social media accounts. The new video gives behind-the-scenes details of the band’s appearance and shows parts of the press briefing, BTS’ meeting with Harris, and the septet’s conversation with Biden.
“We want to say thank you, sincerely, for your decision such as signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. So we just want to be a little help and we truly appreciate the White House and government’s trying to find solutions,” RM told Biden on behalf of BTS.
“I know you know what you’re doing, but don’t underestimate it. Not just your great talent. It’s the message you’re communicating. It matters. This is one president who appreciates you,” Biden told the band.
The BTS members smiled at Biden’s praise, and RM said, “Wow. I have to tell my mom.”
BTS met with Vice President Kamala Harris
In addition to having a conversation with Biden, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook also met with Harris for AANHPI Heritage Month.
“When we see hate and prejudice, it’s meant to make people afraid and it’s meant to make people feel alone,” Harris told BTS in the video Biden shared. “And therefore without power. When you all speak about it, you speak to people in a way that reminds them they’re not alone.”
“We just want to give back all the love that we got and use our voice like you told us. That’s all we wanted. So, today is a really, really historical and big day for us,” RM told Harris on behalf of BTS.
The members of BTS spoke at a White House press briefing
Before their meeting with Biden, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook appeared at a White House press briefing.
The briefing was streamed online, and while BTS did not take questions from the press, each member spoke at the briefing and gave insight about why they were appearing at the White House.
Following BTS’ visit to the White House, the band is expected to have a busy month, as BTS will be releasing an anthology album titled Proof on June 10.