Politics Jill Biden offers encouragement to 'strong and resilient' moms after a 'challenging' year
Video of Joe Biden Picking Flower For First Lady Jill Viewed Over 1 Million Times
Video shows the president bending over to pluck the flower from the grass before handing it to his wife and ushering her onto Marine One.Video of the incident shows the president bending over to pluck the flower from the grass before handing it to his wife and ushering her onto the chopper with his arm around her waist.
First ladyhonored the role "strong and resilient" mothers have played in taking care of their families after a "challenging" year of facing the .
"The pandemic has affected every part of our lives, challenging us and changing us like we never could have imagined," Biden, 69, said in ashared to social media on Mother's Day.
"Whether your kids are 2 or 52, this year has been a tough one for moms," she said. "I know it feels like so much is on you – it was a lot even before the pandemic. And just when you thought you had little left to give, you have more. Because you're a mom, and that's what moms do."
Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers
The president’s first address to Congress had 26.9 million viewers, not 11.6 million as claimed in a social media post.An April 29 Facebook post from James T. Harris, a conservative radio host and social media personality, lists television ratings for five past presidential addresses — four from former President Donald Trump and one from Biden. The post says Biden’s address to Congress had only 11.6 million viewers, compared to 37.2 million viewers for Trump’s 2020 State of the Union speech.
Jill and Joe Biden share one daughter, Ashley, 39. Following the death of Joe Biden's first wife, Neilia Biden, in 1972, he married Jill in 1977, making her stepmother to his two young boys: Hunter Biden, now 51, and the late Beau Biden, who died in 2015 of brain cancer at age 46.
"Jill and I never talked about it alone or with the boys, but I noticed one day that they were no longer calling her Jill," Joe Biden reflected in his 2007 memoir, "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics." "They were calling her Mom. Neilia would always be Mommy, but Jill was Mom. I’m sort of used to being in charge, but in truth it was Jill and the boys who shaped the contours of our remade family."
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Since entering the White House, the first lady has championed several causes pertaining to families, including, an initiative that works to ensure military and veteran families, caregivers and survivors get the support they need, and causes related to education. (Biden, who holds a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware, is a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.)
This year has been a tough one for moms. Just when you thought you had little left to give, you gave more…because you’re a mom, and— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) . You're strong and resilient. From one mother to another, I see you and I thank you.
"I'm proud of how we've come together even when we had to remain apart, supporting each other in countless ways," Biden concluded in the video. "I know how hard you're working, and I want you to remember that you're strong, you're resilient and you're doing an amazing job. From one mother to another: I see you and I thank you."
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