Fact check: President Joe Biden, Democrats made remarks from the Rose Garden, not a movie set

The claim: Biden has been using Perry Studios, not the real White House

After President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke from the Rose Garden on the passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, social media posts claimed the remarks were filmed on a movie set, not at the real White House.

One Facebook post, with a caption that says, “For those who think Biden is a real President,” includes a screenshot of a post from the Instagram account antimasknyc, which is private.

The post includes a photo of the remarks from the White House with text that reads, “Perry Studios … the stadium in the background was the former Turner stadium that was used by the Atlanta Braves and now is used by Georgia State University … isn’t this fun? I would love to know who leaked this photo … you can’t get in there.”

USA TODAY has reached out to the poster for comment.

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The remarks were delivered at the White House, not a movie set 

Tyler Perry Studios is a film production studio in Atlanta. The complex does have a White House set, but contrary to the Facebook post’s claims, the March 12 remarks from top Democrats were made at the real White House. 

USA TODAY reached out to the studio for comment. A spokesperson for the studio confirmed to Reuters that the remarks did not take place at the White House film set. 

Coverage of the remarks can be found from various outlets like NPR and The New York Times. Photographs of the event show it did in fact take place in the nation’s capital.

Additionally, this White House transcript of the remarks tags the Rose Garden as the location.

Our ruling: False

The claim in the post has been rated FALSE. The March 12 remarks about the COVID-19 stimulus package from top Democrats were made at the real White House, not the film set version at Tyler Perry Studios.

Our fact-check sources: 

  • C-SPAN, March 12, “Presidential Remarks on the American Rescue Plan Act”
  • USA Today, March 11, “President Biden signs $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill with $1,400 stimulus checks into law”
  • About, Tyler Perry Studios
  • Tyler Perry Studios, White House set
  • Reuters, March 16, “Fact Check-Biden’s March 12 remarks on the American Rescue Plan were delivered from the real White House Rose Garden, not a movie set”
  • NPR, March 12, “Biden, Harris Promise ‘Help Is On The Way’ With COVID Relief Package”
  • The New York Times, March 12, “With a Rose Garden Celebration, Biden takes a victory lap”
  • The White House, March 12, “Remarks by President Biden on the American Rescue Plan”

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