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World Jill Biden: a chance to transform the role of first lady

06:26  30 october  2020
06:26  30 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Jill Biden , a longtime educator and wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden , has played a huge role in supporting and uplifting her husband's presidential campaign. And, according to those closest to her, she's done so all while maintaining close ties to her day job as an English professor at

(CNN) Jill Biden , a community college professor, says that if her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden , is elected president and she becomes first lady In the CBS interview that aired Sunday, Jill Biden also spoke about the role she's played as a sounding board for her husband as he conducts

Jill Biden is no stranger to the glare of the political spotlight. Her husband has been a Washington insider since they wed in 1977, and she was America's second lady for eight years.

a person holding a sign: Joe and Jill Biden have been a Washington power couple for more than 40 years © Angela Weiss Joe and Jill Biden have been a Washington power couple for more than 40 years Jill Biden standing in front of a building: Jill Biden could transform the role of US first lady if she continues to teach full-time while she also fulfills her duties at the White House © ROBERTO SCHMIDT Jill Biden could transform the role of US first lady if she continues to teach full-time while she also fulfills her duties at the White House

But if Joe Biden wins the White House, his 69-year-old wife will have the opportunity to push the role of first lady into the 21st century -- by keeping her full-time job as a professor.

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Jill Biden knows her political value to her husband’s presidential bid. She is a former Second Lady of the United States and is second to none in her ability It may be a template as to how she would serve as First Lady of the United States, or FLOTUS as the acronym goes. Unlike many of those who came

Jill Biden plays an influential role in her husband's search for a running mate. Karen O'Connor, a political science professor at American University who has written about the political influence of first ladies , noted that Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama worked closely together on a number of

Hunter Biden, Jill Biden standing in front of a crowd: Joe Biden (C) and his wife are seen here with their children and grandchildren as he took the oath of office for his second term as vice president in January 2013 © Carolyn Kaster Joe Biden (C) and his wife are seen here with their children and grandchildren as he took the oath of office for his second term as vice president in January 2013

"Most American women have both a work life and a family life, but first ladies have never been allowed to do so," said Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University.

"Maybe the time has come, however, when more Americans will feel comfortable with a first lady who isn't on-call at the White House 24/7."

Of course, Biden for years has been a trusted advisor to her husband, eight years her senior.

If he defeats President Donald Trump at the polls, she is expected as first lady to work on education issues and relaunch Joining Forces, a mission to rally around military families that she and Michelle Obama started in 2011.

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Dr. Jill Biden is many things: a writing professor, a grandmother, a former Second Lady , and a stalwart defender of her husband, Joe. People can argue endlessly over Joe Biden ’s electability—whether he’s too old, not sufficiently progressive, or the wrong kind of white man for this political moment—but

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden posing for the camera: The Obamas and the Bidens celebrate on Election Night in November 2008 -- Jill Biden was America's Second Lady for eight years © EMMANUEL DUNAND The Obamas and the Bidens celebrate on Election Night in November 2008 -- Jill Biden was America's Second Lady for eight years

But she is also a teacher, a mother, a grandmother and the rock that kept Biden going after tragedy struck nearly five decades ago.

- 'Damn tough and loyal' -

In 1972, Joe Biden faced the unthinkable -- his young wife and daughter were killed in a car crash, and he was left alone to raise his two young sons, both injured in the accident.

Jill Biden sitting at a table: Jill Biden offered an impassioned speech about her husband at the Democratic National Convention in August 2020, from a Wilmington high school classroom where she once taught in the 1990s © - Jill Biden offered an impassioned speech about her husband at the Democratic National Convention in August 2020, from a Wilmington high school classroom where she once taught in the 1990s

Enter Jill Jacobs, who was born in 1951 and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Her father rose up the ranks in banking from teller to president, and her mom was a homemaker.

Jill was in the process of divorcing her first husband when she met Biden, a widower who was commuting daily from Delaware to Washington, where he served as a US senator.

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The couple wed in 1977, and she became "Mom" to his sons Hunter and Beau. The Bidens have a daughter, Ashley, who was born in 1981.


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While raising her family, Biden also earned two Master's degrees. She would eventually earn a doctorate in education, and now teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

a person standing on a stage: US First Lady Melania Trump (L) stands with US President Donald Trump as Jill Biden (R) hugs Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after the final debate -- he has described his wife as © Jim WATSON US First Lady Melania Trump (L) stands with US President Donald Trump as Jill Biden (R) hugs Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after the final debate -- he has described his wife as "damn tough and loyal"

Since then, the couple has been through two failed presidential runs, his eight years as vice president and the death of Beau Biden after a battle with cancer.

"She put us back together," Biden said in a video shown in August during the Democratic National Convention, as he described Jill's impact on the tragedy-scarred family.

"She is so damn tough and loyal."

- 'Small acts of compassion' -

Biden assumed the role of second lady in 2009 when her husband became Barack Obama's vice president, participating in high-profile events with first lady Michelle and developing a comfortable public speaking style.

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The remarkable moment underscored Jill Biden 's role as a forceful surrogate for her husband. The former second lady has quickly risen as one of The Biden campaign has deployed her to each of the early states, often as a closer for her husband's speeches as well as headlining events of her own

Once she became second lady , Jill adjusted to running with the Secret Service by her side. " I usually have someone ahead of me and someone Jill is no stranger to the campaign trail, and despite having never seen herself as a public figure, she has grown into the role of supportive political spouse.

And now, throughout her husband's third race for the White House, Biden has been one of his most effective and forceful surrogates.

She has campaigned tirelessly throughout her husband's run, crisscrossing early voting states Iowa and New Hampshire and battlegrounds such as Florida and Michigan in the home stretch, often at smaller events.

She often presents her husband as the candidate who best appeals not only to moderate Democrats, but also to independents and Republicans disappointed with Trump.

In March, she found herself in the role of protector at an event in Los Angeles, when she dramatically fended off two protesters who lunged at her husband on stage.

"We're OK," she said reassuringly.

In her convention speech from a classroom at a Wilmington high school where she taught English in the 1990s, she vouched for her husband's character, capabilities and heart.

"How do you make a broken family whole?" she said of Biden's persistence through adversity, a quality she believes connects him with millions of American families suffering through the pandemic, mass layoffs and racial tensions.

"The same way you make a nation whole," she added. "With love and understanding -- and with small acts of compassion. With bravery. With unwavering faith."

- 'Could prove challenging' -

Biden, who has fiercely protected her family throughout her husband's career, has steeled herself against the attacks on him from Trump and his allies.

She is now perhaps steeling herself for four years in the White House -- and a hectic schedule of teaching and working out of the East Wing.

"If Biden continues to teach, she will forever change the expectations and limitations of the position," Kate Andersen Brower, author of "First Women: The Grace & Power of America's Modern First Ladies," told AFP.

"I think it could prove challenging balancing a job and the tremendous work of the first lady, but I also think it will expand our ideas of what first ladies are capable of," she said.

Jellison warned that Biden could face backlash from those wanting a more traditional first lady, but she and Brower agreed the time has come for a change.

"We will surely have a male presidential spouse one day and I don't think anyone would expect him to give up his day job," Brower said.

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