The White House Blog: Dr. Jill Biden

  • West Wing Week: 07/24/15 or, "A New Direction"

    This week, the President visited Steel City and The Big Apple, celebrated the anniversary of the ADA and the signing of AGOA, and hosted a newly minted head of state -- all while a U.S. delegation led by Dr. Biden traveled through Asia.


  • Dr. Jill Biden Visits Military Families in Okinawa, Japan

    Dr. Jill Biden takes a photo with a group of Marines at Kadena Air Base

    Dr. Jill Biden takes a photo with a group of Marines during a USO BBQ and military families day, at Kadena Air Base, in Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Today, Dr. Biden attended a summertime block party hosted by the USO on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan — the last stop of her whirlwind trip through Asia. During her remarks to the crowd of Air Force, Marine, Army, and Navy families, Dr. Biden expressed her gratitude — and described the unique challenges these families sometimes face. With the war in Iraq over, and operations in Afghanistan coming to a close, Dr. Biden stressed the need for the American people to understand that our military families are still serving all around the world.

    "With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, it's easy for most Americans to forget that we still have men and women serving overseas, along with their families," Dr. Biden said. "No matter the challenge, all of you serve with honor and distinction."

    At the event, Dr. Biden also presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Award to military spouse and USO volunteer Niki Reed. Niki, who has lived on Okinawa for the past two and a half years, has been an essential volunteer for the Kadena USO, often stepping up to help out with events, and volunteering nearly full-time to support the mission of the USO.

    Rory Brosius is the Deputy Director of Joining Forces.


  • Follow Dr. Biden’s Trip to Asia on Instagram

    Thursday, July 23 Saluting our troops. That’s how Dr. Biden wrapped up her week-long trip traveling across Asia. After visiting the Republic of Korea, Vietnam and Laos, Dr. Biden touched down in Okinawa, Japan to visit military families at Kadena Air Base as part of her Joining Forces initiative.


  • Prince Harry’s Invictus Games to Come to the United States

    Last autumn, as part of the Joining Forces Initiative, Dr. Jill Biden led a Presidential Delegation to the very first Invictus Games in London, England.

    Spearheaded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games were an incredible, Olympic-style, adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured active-duty and veteran service members. During the closing ceremony of the games, Prince Harry noted that Invictus “shone a spotlight on the unconquerable character of servicemen and women and their families – their Invictus spirit.”

    That is why we're so pleased that today, Prince Harry announced the Invictus spirit will be showcased in the United States, when Orlando, Florida plays host to the 2nd Invictus Games in May 2016. Under the leadership of Ken Fisher, and hosted by the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World, the United States will host athletes and their families from 13 countries in what is sure to be an inspiring event!

    Dr. Jill Biden congratulates wheelchair basketball players at the Invictus Games in London, UK, September 13, 2014. (Photo by James Pan, State Department)

    Dr. Jill Biden awards medals to US Team swimmers after winning the silver at the Invictus Games in London, UK, September 14, 2014. (Photo by James Pan, State Department)


    Colonel (select) Nicole Malachowski, USAF, is the Executive Director of Joining Forces. Ms. Rory Brosius is the Deputy Director of Joining Forces. Lieutenant Commander Kate Higgins-Bloom, USCG, is a White House Fellow at Joining Forces.


  • West Wing Week: 07/10/15 or, “Bask in the Glory”

    This week, the President celebrated the 239th birthday of the United States, chatted with some World Cup champions, met with his national security team to discuss our anti-ISIL strategy , and hosted an historic Oval Office visit. That's July 3rd to July 9th or, "Bask in the Glory."


  • 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.