The White House Blog: Dr. Jill Biden

  • Meet Chelsey Davis, a Guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union

    Chelsey Davis is joining the First Lady as a guest at the 2015 State of the Union Address on January 20. Watch it live at 9 p.m. Eastern at WH.gov/SOTU.


    Chelsey Davis

    Earlier this month, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden travelled to Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee -- where the President Announced his plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students. 

    Chelsey Davis was in the audience. A native of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Chelsey had enrolled in Pellissippi State Community College to get the best support and resources she needed to re-enter her collegiate career. She will graduate in May with plans to pursue a B.A. in Nutritional Science, but in the meantime, she is making the most of her time there.

    She tutors elementary and middle-school children in reading and math, and this summer, she'll study abroad in Segovia, Spain. 

    After graduation, Chelsey hopes to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA. As someone who personally understands how community college can change one's future, Chelsey hopes to encourage high school graduates to take full advantage of the opportunity President Obama is proposing. 


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  • The Lincoln Awards: Stepping Up for Our Veterans & Military Families

    Nearly 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. He declared our nation’s pledge “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and for his orphan.”

    This week at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the first-ever Lincoln Awards recognized individuals and organizations for their impactful contributions to and continued support for our nation’s veterans and military families.

    The two-day celebration concluded with an all-star concert, kicked off by Dr. Jill Biden:

    As a military mom, there is nothing more special to see -- and to recognize -- than a community of people coming together for our nation’s veterans. And not just to support veterans, but to inspire others to go to their strengths, and find ways that they, too, can make a difference in the lives of these heroes.

    One thing we say in my family is that our country has one sacred obligation -- to equip those we send to war, and to care for them and their families when they return.

    First Lady Michelle Obama and I started the Joining Forces initiative to show our appreciation for those who serve -- because we want every veteran to get the care they have earned, the skills they need, and the employment opportunities they deserve.

    No, not every American wears the uniform, but every American can rally around those who have. That’s what the Lincoln Awards celebrate.

    God bless our troops. God bless those who care about them, and care for them.


  • Dr. Jill Biden and Master Sergeant Cedric King on the Meredith Vieira Show

    For the past six years, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden have invited wounded warriors and their families to dinner at the Vice President’s Residence. One of their guests this past year was Master Sergeant (MSG) Cedric King.

    In the summer of 2012, MSG King was on a mission with his platoon in Afghanistan when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that resulted in him losing two limbs and sustaining multiple other injuries. But, his story doesn’t end there. MSG King found the strength and motivation to not only recover, but to persevere after a tragic event. His resiliency is an inspiration.

    On Tuesday, Dr. Biden and MSG King appeared on the Meredith Vieira Show to discuss the efforts by Joining Forces to support those who have sacrificed so much for our country. The two also shared what MSG King’s road to recovery has been like not only for him, but for his family after he sustained life altering injuries.

    See the full video segment here

    "The thing that’s special about the military, I think, is that we’re all a family.” –Dr. Biden

     


  • The Year in Review: A Look Back at the Most Memorable Moments of 2014

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    A responsible end to the war in Afghanistan. A historic agreement to combat climate change. A strong pace of job growth that we haven't seen since the 1990s. 

    Overall, 2014 has offered some great achievements for President Obama and the American people. Join the President's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in taking a look back at this year's most memorable moments -- then share the memories with your friends and family. 

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  • The Year in Review: Our 5 Favorite Joining Forces Moments of 2014

    The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden Joining Forces 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden sit with Major General Jim McConville during the Joining Forces initiative event with service members, military spouses, and employers at the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at Fort Campbell. April 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    We’ve had an amazing year at Joining Forces. Here are some of our favorite moments!

    In 2011, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sector to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.


  • Honoring Our Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families During the Holidays

    Holiday decorations at the Naval Observatory Residence

    Holiday decorations at the Naval Observatory Residence, in Washington, D.C., December 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    This holiday season, in honor of our service members, veterans, and their families, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden dedicated five trees at the Naval Observatory Residence representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Capturing their personal experiences, military families from all across the country handcrafted the ornaments that adorn the trees. Atop each tree is a gold star, embodying the spirit, bravery, and patriotism of those who serve.


  • Dr. Jill Biden Lauds Commitments to Hire Military Spouses

    Dr. Biden at Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Induction Ceremony

    Photo by Spc. Michael Mulderick at the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Induction Ceremony on December 3, 2014.

    On December 3, Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va., to welcome employers who have been partners in the growth of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). MSEP is part of the Department of Defense's broader initiative to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses, and connects employers with military spouses seeking new careers. In her remarks, Biden praised those organizations who contributed to the overall success of the initiative, its increase in numbers over time, and its ongoing expansion. She also highlighted the skills of military spouses and their contributions in the workplace.

    I know military spouses are among the most skilled and dedicated members of America’s workforce, and by giving them an opportunity to succeed, you will be making your business more productive. American businesses understand it is not only the right thing to do for our country, but it is the right thing to do for their bottom lines.

    Since its initial launch in 2011, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership has posted 1.8 million jobs on the MSEP Career Portal and aided in the employment of over 65,000 military spouses. With nearly 260 businesses within this partnership, the initiative has come full force to provide employment opportunities for military spouses whose lifestyles often require portable careers.

    More information regarding MSEP can be obtained at www.msepjobs.com.


  • West Wing Week 11/28/14 or, "We Need Turkey"

    This week, the President traveled to Las Vegas and Chicago to highlight the steps he is taking to reform our broken immigration system, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and delivered a statement on the Grand Jury's decision in Ferguson, while the Vice President and Dr. Biden visited Ukraine and Turkey. That's November 21st to November 27th or, "We Need Turkey."


  • West Wing Week: 11/21/14 or, "Mingalarbar!"

    This week, the President visited Burma for the second time in his presidency, attended the G20 Summit in Australia, worked to expand access to broadband and 21st century technology in our schools, and addressed the nation about the steps he is taking to fix our broken immigration system. That's November 14th to November 20th or, "Mingalarbar!"


  • Travel Journal of the Vice President’s Trip to Morocco, Ukraine, Turkey:

    Welcome to your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s three-country, five-day visit to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey.


    November 22-23, 2014   Vice President Biden Wraps Up His Trip in Turkey

    The Vice President wrapped up his three-country trip last week with a visit to Istanbul, Turkey.