Jill Biden – Going Miles to Support Her Husband, Her Son, and Her Country

In a quiet way, First Lady Jill Biden has shown support for her family and country, traveling between Normandy, France, and Wilmington, Delaware, to support her husband, President Joe Biden, their son, Hunter, and the country. And I thought, yes, that’s what I would have done, and I know many other women, first ladies in their own families, who would have done that, too. Yes, we have careers and other obligations. But family comes first. And being there when someone in our family needs us is what we do.

Contrast that to what we saw in a New York courtroom recently. Former President Donald Trump on trial, the first president facing criminal charges. Where was Melania? MIA. Where was Ivanka? Also, MIA. News reports say that Melania and Ivanka have bonded over what happened to Trump. Who knows what that bond looks like. It’s no secret that the two women were in heated competition when Trump was in the White House. If they are supporting him now behind the scenes, we’ll never know. What we do know is that neither one showed up to show their support during the trial. Did it bother Trump? For a reality star who is all about appearances, those empty seats had to be painful. What is certain is that the jury and the public noticed. If Trump never had a sexual encounter with Stormy Daniels, why wasn’t Melania there to add credibility to his tale?

President Biden was in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy by U.S. troops, a battle that was a critical turning point in World War II. He stood alongside the survivors of that invasion, members of the Greatest Generation who are rapidly disappearing. In his speech, he drew parallels between America’s unwavering support for the Allies against Hitler with U.S. and NATO’s support for Ukraine against Putin. After the ceremonies, Dr. Biden flew back to the U.S. to sit behind their son, Hunter, in Wilmington, where he’s on trial on gun charges. Another trip: going back to France for the state dinner with President Macron. She was resplendent in a blue velvet Schiaparelli gown, not showing any trace of jet lag. Then, back to Wilmington for the trial as she saw the other women in Hunter’s life testify, truly a painful time in the Biden family’s life.

Jill Biden often flies under the radar but what she did recently spoke volumes about her character and how so many years in the public eye have not changed her focus on the things that matter. She still teaches and cares about her students. She cares about our country and making sure we preserve democracy. And she cares about and supports her family.

Every time, she gets our vote.

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Charlene Giannetti, editor of Woman Around Town, is the recipient of seven awards from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on the website. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Charlene began her career working for a newspaper in Pennsylvania, then wrote for several publications in Washington covering environment and energy policy. In New York, she was an editor at Business Week magazine and her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She is the author of 13 non-fiction books, eight for parents of young adolescents written with Margaret Sagarese, including "The Roller-Coaster Years," "Cliques," and "Boy Crazy." She and Margaret have been keynote speakers at many events and have appeared on the Today Show, CBS Morning, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many others. Her last book, "The Plantations of Virginia," written with Jai Williams, was published by Globe Pequot Press in February, 2017. Her podcast, WAT-CAST, interviewing men and women making news, is available on Soundcloud and on iTunes. She is one of the producers for the film "Life After You," focusing on the opioid/heroin crisis that had its premiere at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, where it won two awards. The film is now available to view on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and other services. Charlene and her husband live in Manhattan.