A love affair that will last a lifetime! President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden (née Jacobs) have built a strong marriage that has lasted more than four decades, starting with their first marriages and progressing to becoming the first couple in the United States.
Joe and Jill first met in 1975, following the tragic deaths of the politician's first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, and their infant daughter Naomi “Amy” in a car accident in 1972. The educator, on the other hand, had just finalized her divorce from Bill Stevenson, just moments before she met Joe for the first time.
It didn't take long for their relationship to develop into something more serious, especially after she began assisting Joe in the care of his sons, Beau and Hunter. Five times, the former senator proposed to his now-wife before she consented to his marriage proposal.
“[After each proposal], I responded with the words ‘Not yet.'” Not at this time. ‘Not at this time.' Because by that point, of course, I had fallen in love with the boys, and I was convinced that this marriage had to work,” she explained to Vogue magazine in November of that year.
It was because they had lost their mother that I couldn't bear the thought of them losing yet another mother.” As a result, I needed to be absolutely certain.”
This is a love affair that will last for a lifetime! In their more than four decades of marriage, President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden (née Jacobs) have built a strong foundation that has seen them through their first marriages and on to become the first couple to be elected to the presidency of the United States.
Joe Biden Calls Jill “My Life's Love.” Here's Their Relationship Timeline
1975: Joe Biden Met Jill Taylor Jacobs Thanks to His Brother
Joe was a 33-year-old United States senator, and Jill was a 24-year-old college senior at the time of the incident. Both of them had previously been married. Joe's wife and daughter died in a car accident in 1972, leaving him a widower with two sons, and Jill and her husband filed for divorce during her junior year of high school, leaving him with no children.
As a senior, I had been dating men who wore jeans, clogs, and T-shirts, and when he showed up at my door dressed sharply in a sports coat with loafers, it struck me as impossible to make it work. “Not in a million years,” I thought to myself as he walked through the door.
According to Jill Biden in Vogue. “He was nine years older than I was at the time of our meeting. But we went to see ‘A Man and a Woman' at a movie theatre in Philadelphia, and it turned out that we were a perfect match.
When we returned home, he shook my hand and said good night… In the middle of the night, I went up to my room and called my mother, telling her, ‘Mom, I've finally met a gentleman.'”
The Couple Got Married on June 17, 1977, After Joe Asked Them to Get Married Five Times!
“‘Not yet,' I replied. Not at this time. ‘Not at this time,' “Joe's proposals were revealed to Vogue by Jill. “Because, of course, by that point, I had fallen in love with the boys and was convinced that this marriage had to work. Because they had recently lost their mother, and I couldn't bear the thought of them losing another mother. As a result, I had to be absolutely certain.”
The couple exchanged vows at the United Nations Chapel in New York City, followed by a reception lunch at the Sign of the Dove restaurant in the city. They went on their honeymoon with their sons Beau and Hunter.
In 1981, the Couple Had a Daughter Named Ashley
According to Jill, who spoke in a video shown at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, “our family was complete.”
They Came Together When He Dropped Out of the Race in September 1987.
According to the New York Times, his short-lived presidential campaign was dogged by allegations of plagiarism in his speeches and exaggeration of his academic records from college and law school during his brief tenure as a candidate.
When he announced the end of his campaign, the president admitted that he had made some mistakes.
Jill's expression was described as “a study in dejection” by the New York Times. Several years later, in her memoir “Where The Light Enters,” Jill wrote about her struggles with emotion control.
“As a political spouse, I've discovered that my stoicism often comes in handy,” she wrote in her letter. As Joe's first presidential campaign began to look bleak, people were constantly looking for cracks in our team, which led to the following statement: We all felt like we were being watched, but I refused to show any signs of weakness.”
Joe Had Two Aneurysms in 1988. During the First of Two Surgeries, They Posed Outside the Hospital
Joe suffered a pulmonary embolism later in the year while recuperating. Jill describes how she stood by and watched as “EMTs carried him down the steps of our house on a stretcher” in her book.
Her Husband Was Sworn in as Vice President in January 2009. Jill Held the Family Bible When Her Husband Took the Job.
Since the 1890s, the Bible has been in the possession of the Biden family.
Joe was also a supporter of her professional endeavors. She made history by becoming the first known second lady to work full-time in the United States. She was a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College in Northern Virginia.
The video, which was shown at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, featured Joe saying, “As the second lady, she was teaching full time for eight years, 15 credits per semester.”
“I told them, ‘I know I can handle both jobs,'” she recalled.
According to the Los Angeles Times, she encouraged students to refer to her as “Dr. B.” or “Dr.”
2019: Jill Published Her Own Book, “Where the Light Enters,” About Her Early Love for Joe.
“After the disappointment of my divorce, I vowed to myself that I would never again feel so out of control of my heart,” she wrote in her letter. “However, during the months that Joe and I were dating, that desire collided with a new reality: I was falling in love.”
November 2020: During His Victory Speech, Joe Called Himself “Jill's Husband.”
His wife, Jill, is “a mom,” he explained, “and she's also an educator.” “Despite the fact that she has devoted her life to education, she does not consider herself to be a teacher; rather, she considers herself to be a person. Jill Biden is going to make an excellent first lady, which is great news for America's educators. You're going to have one of your own in the White House, which is fantastic news.”
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During Their Trip to the White House in April 2021, Joe Stopped to Pick a Dandelion for Jill.
During their trip, the president and first lady stopped in Atlanta for a rally before continuing on to Plains, Georgia, where they met with former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
As they boarded Marine One on the White House Ellipse, the president bent down and picked a dandelion for his wife, who had been waiting for them. Jill came to a halt to accept the flower, which she kept in her possession as she boarded Marine One.
In February 2022, Joe Gave Jill a Corsage for Valentine's Day, and She Was Seen Wearing It.
On Valentine's Day, the first lady was photographed exiting Marine One with a corsage of what appeared to be white gardenias, which she described as her favorite flower.
The corsages were started as Valentine's Day tradition, according to Jill, who revealed this in an interview with People magazine shortly after Biden took office. He also revealed that he surprised her with a corsage of gardenias at the inauguration.
“I'm not sure when it started, but it was a long, long time ago. I believe it was in honor of Valentine's Day ” she explained. “Gardenias are one of my favorite flowers, so Joe would always buy me a gardenia wrist corsage. I wore it to work as a substitute teacher!”
Joe also shared a heartfelt Valentine's Day message for his wife, which you can read below.
“Jilly, you're the love of my life as well as the life of my life, and I couldn't be happier. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! “He shared his thoughts on Twitter.
You’re the love of my life and the life of my love, Jilly. Happy Valentine’s Day. pic.twitter.com/bDNWg6gYbW
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 14, 2022