The White House Blog: Dr. Jill Biden

  • West Wing Week: 07/03/15 or, “Amazing Grace”

    This week, the President signed a bipartisan trade deal, welcomed the President of Brazil to the White House--and showed her one of our national treasures--hosted 50 girls in green on the South Lawn for a campout to celebrate the great outdoors, answered questions about healthcare in Tennessee and online, and traveled to Wisconsin to announce new overtime protections for hard-working Americans. That's June 26th to July 2nd or, "Amazing Grace."


  • President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Shooting in South Carolina

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina with Vice President Joe Biden from the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Last night, a gunman opened fire at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people including pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney. The Department of Justice is opening a hate crime investigation into this tragedy. 

    The President delivered the following statement from the White House Briefing Room: 


  • Dr. Jill Biden Sponsors and Christens the USS Gabrielle Giffords

    On Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Jill Biden took part in the christening ceremony for the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10). The ship is named after former Congresswoman and Navy spouse Gabby Giffords. In the words of Dr. Jill Biden, Gabby is part of “an incredible military family, who gives true meaning to the ideals of honor, courage, and commitment.” Dr. Biden, a proud military mom herself, was asked to be the ship’s sponsor. 

    Dr. Jill Biden Christens the USS Giffords

    Dr. Jill Biden breaks a champagne bottle across the bow of the future USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (LCS 10) during the ship's christening ceremony held Saturday, June 13, at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, AL. Watching Dr. Biden christen the ship are, from left: Mr. Craig Perciavalle, President, Austal USA; CAPT Mark Kelly, USN (Ret); and his wife and the ship's namesake, the Honorable Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative, Arizona's 8th District. June 13, 2015. (Official White House Photo by SSGC Public Affairs Officer David Stoltz)


  • President Obama Delivers a Eulogy Honoring the Life of Beau Biden


    "He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146.

    He left nothing in the tank. He was a man who led a life where the means were as important as the ends. The example he set made you want to be a better dad, or a better son, or a better brother or sister, better at your job, the better soldier. 

    He made you want to be a better person. Isn’t that finally the measure of a man -– the way he lives, how he treats others, no matter what life may throw at him?" 

    – President Obama


    Today, the Biden family, President Obama, and Americans across the country paid their final respects to a good man who loved deeply, and was loved in return. 

    A veteran of the Iraq war, the Attorney General of Delaware -- and most importantly -- a dedicated father, husband, and son, Beau Biden was a compassionate, empathetic, public servant who cared about what matters most in life, the people and country he loved. 

    President Obama delivered a eulogy in honor of Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware: 

     

    President Obama and Vice President Biden Embrace at Beau Biden's Funeral

    President Barack Obama embraces Vice President Joe Biden after delivering a eulogy during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic in Wilmington, Del. June 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Trumpeter at Beau Biden's Funeral

    A trumpeter before playing Battle Hymn of the Republic, during the funeral service for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, at St. Anthony’s of Padua, in Wilmington, Del. June 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden touch Beau Biden's Casket

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden touch Beau Biden's casket following the procession during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic in Wilmington, Del. June 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


  • Remembering Beau Biden

    The entire Biden family would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all the kindness and compassion that has been shown to our family at this difficult time. Your love and admiration for Beau has touched us beyond measure.

    With gratitude,

    Hallie, Natalie, Hunter, Joe, Jill, Hunter & Ashley


    Beau Biden and children

    Beau Biden lived a life of service. He put his duty to his children, his wife, his family, his fellow service-members, and his country first.

    On Saturday, May 30, the country lost a good man and a great example of how to spend each day you’re given to better the lives of others.

    Read a few words of wisdom that Beau Biden shared during his 46 years of life. They reveal much about the most beloved man we mourn — and the incredible legacy he leaves behind.


  • The First Lady, Dr. Biden, and Ben Folds Celebrate Military-Connected Moms

    To celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day and an early Mother's Day, the First Lady and Dr. Biden invited military-connected moms to the White House for their annual Mother’s Day Tea.

    These mothers, grandmothers, and their guests enjoyed sandwiches, cupcakes, and shortbreads with a selection of teas and juices. Kids came too to make Mother’s Day gifts of petal potpourri, lace-topped cupcakes, and even potted-flower cakes.

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden greeted the spouses, thanked all military-connected moms, and recognized their service.


  • From Community College to the White House: Meet These Three Staffers

    President Obama is traveling to Watertown, South Dakota on Friday to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute — one of the nation's top community colleges. While congratulating the graduating class, the President will also discuss his plan to make community college free for students who keep their grades up.

    From students just out of high school to those returning to the classroom for more training or a career change, community college students make up 40 percent of the Americans enrolled in higher education. The President’s plan is projected to benefit around 9 million students each year and save the average full-time community college student $3,800 a year in tuition expenses.

    Here at the White House, we understand the impact that community colleges are having on students throughout the country. On National College Signing Day, three White House staffers shared their story of attending community college and credited their schools with helping them reach their full potential.

    Staffers Share Their Community College Stories

    Meet these three White House staffers:


    Deesha Dyer, White House Social Secretary


  • In Photos: Four Years of Joining Forces

    President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden launch the Joining Forces initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families, in the East Room of the White House, April 12, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

    President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden launch the Joining Forces initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families, in the East Room of the White House, April 12, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


    The First Lady greets audience members after a military community event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    The First Lady greets audience members after a military community event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


    The First Lady and Dr. Biden drop by Operation Shower, a celebration for pregnant women whose husbands are service members at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden drop by Operation Shower, a celebration for pregnant women whose husbands are service members at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


  • Dr. Jill Biden Shares the Story of the Military Child

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Reading Rainbow Blog. See the original post here.

    Earlier this month, Joe and I invited a few military families over to our home for dinner to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. We know we owe thanks every day to those who wear the uniform, but we also believe we owe a debt of gratitude to their families as well. Because when you have a family member who serves in the military, your whole family serves too.

    Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host a dinner for military families to celebrate the Month of the Military Child

    Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host a dinner for military families to celebrate the Month of the Military Child, at the Naval Observatory Residence, in Washington, D.C., April 15, 2015. Also pictured is LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    There are so many military-connected children in this country, and on average these children will attend six to nine different schools before graduating high school. Frequent school changes mean you have to start over in your new community, from trying out for another sports team to making new friends. We know military parents try to do everything that they can to make those transitions as smooth as possible, but we also know it is not easy.


  • A Message From Space

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Medium.

    Today, we received an important message from space:

    As a proud military mom, and grandmother to military-connected children, I couldn’t agree more with Captain Scott Kelly. We have asked a lot of our military families and I believe they deserve the very best efforts of each of us to show them how much we appreciate their service to our country. That is why First Lady Michelle Obama and I started Joining Forces four years ago: to unite non-profits, schools, foundations, businesses, associations, and Americans of every stripe around this initiative to support these families  -- not just in word on Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day, but with good deeds and best efforts, each and every day of the year.