(CNSNews.com) - A maskless President Joe Biden strolled into Nationals Park on Wednesday evening, briefly interrupting the annual congressional baseball game during the second inning.
The unmasked president leaned in to kiss an unmasked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; then he mingled closely with unmasked Democrats, both at the edge of the field and in their dugout.
As he made the rounds, he was greeted with cheers and some boos.
In the spirit of bipartisanship, Biden also greeted (unmasked) Republicans on the other side of the field. Republicans won the game, 13-12.
Biden received his COVID booster shot on Monday. In fact, he was wearing a black face mask when he rolled up his sleeve.
The president repeatedly urges the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, even going so far as to impose vaccination mandates earlier this month.
And the president also advocates the use of masks: "That’s why, when I came into office, I required masks for all federal buildings and on federal lands, on airlines, and other modes of transportation," Biden said in a September 9 speech.
"If we raise our vaccination rate, protect ourselves and others with masking and expanded testing, and identify people who are infected, we can and we will turn the tide on COVID-19," Biden said in that same speech.
The city-owned Nationals Park says all ticketed fans are required to wear an approved face covering at all times when in an indoor area, regardless of vaccination status, unless they are actively eating or drinking.
For fans who are not fully vaccinated, face coverings are required everywhere at Nationals Park and may only be temporarily removed when guests are ACTIVELY eating or drinking within their assigned seating pods.