Jill Biden: from teacher to possible American first lady

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Media legendJill Biden: Joe “will keep America’s promise”

Standing in an empty classroom where she taught English in the 1990s, Jill Biden gave the title speech at the Democratic Party convention on Tuesday after her husband was officially nominated for the presidential election.

After arguing for the election of Joe Biden, she was joined by her husband who praised her qualities as a potential first lady.

“For all of you across the country, just think of your favorite educator who has given you the confidence to believe in yourself. She’s the kind of first lady… Jill Biden will be, ”he said.

But what do we know about the woman who may soon join her husband in the White House?

Private life

Jill Jacobs was born in June 1951 in the US state of New Jersey. The oldest of five sisters, she grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Willow Grove.

Before marrying Joe, she was married to former college football player Bill Stevenson.

Joe Biden lost his first wife and one-year-old daughter in a car crash in 1972. His sons Beau and Hunter both survived the crash.

Jill says she was introduced to Joe through her brother in 1975. At that time he was a senator, while she was still in college.

“I was a senior, and I was dating guys in jeans and clogs and T-shirts, he came to the door and he had a sports coat and moccasins, and I thought, ‘God , it will never work, not in a million years. He was nine years older than me!

“But we went to see A Man and a Woman at the movies in Philadelphia, and we hit it off really well,” she told Vogue of the couple’s first date.

She said Joe proposed to her five times before agreeing.

“I couldn’t have them [Joe’s children] lose another mother. So I had to be 100% sure, ”she explained.

The couple married in New York City in 1977. Their daughter, Ashley, was born in 1981.

Beau Biden died of brain cancer in May 2015 at the age of 46.

Ms Biden spoke about her family and the hardships she faced when she endorsed her husband as president on Tuesday.

“I know that if we turn this nation over to Joe, he will do for your family what he did for ours – bring us together and heal us, get us through our hard times, keep America’s promise for us.” all. , ” she says.

Teaching career

Ms Biden, 69, has spent decades working as a teacher.

She has a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, and received a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in 2007.

Before moving to Washington, DC, she taught at a community college in the US state of Delaware, a public high school, and a teenage mental hospital.

She gave her speech Tuesday in her old classroom at Delaware’s Brandywine High School, where she taught English from 1991 to 1993.

Ms Biden was an English teacher at Northern Virginia Community College while her husband was vice president.

“Teaching is not what I do. This is who I am, ”she tweeted ahead of Tuesday’s speech.

Politics

Ms Biden previously held the title of second lady, while her husband was vice president from 2009 to 2017.

During this time, her work included promoting community colleges, advocating for military families and raising awareness about breast cancer prevention.

In 2010, it hosted the White House Summit on Community Colleges, which aimed to “highlight the role of community colleges in the development of the American workforce.”

She also started the Joining Forces initiative with Michelle Obama, which involved helping veterans and their families access education programs and employment resources.

In 2012, she published a children’s book called Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops based on her granddaughter’s experience of being in a military family.

She has been a staunch supporter of her husband during the 2020 campaign, appearing alongside him and organizing events and fundraisers.

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