Despite her big move into the White House, it seems that Dr. Jill Biden hasn't forgotten her roots...
Because reports have been coming in that, as well as busying herself with her new duties as the first lady...
Dr. Jill has also been continuing her work as a teacher from within the walls of the White House. Not a bad work-from-home set-up, right?
Here's the full story...
Now, Dr. Biden has shared a long and eventful life with her husband.
In an interview with Vogue, she recalled her first date with her husband-to-be:
"I was a senior, and I had been dating guys in jeans and clogs and T-shirts. He came to the door and he had a sport coat and loafers, and I thought, 'God, this is never going to work, not in a million years.' He was 9 years older than I am! But we really hit it off... I went upstairs and called my mother at 1:00 am and said, 'Mom, I finally met a gentleman.' "
The couple became serious very quickly, with Jill taking Joe's sons under her wing right away.
"When Joe worked late, I would go over to make dinner and keep them company," she wrote in her memoir, Where the Light Enters, as excerpted in TIME.
"I would help pick them up from school sometimes, or we'd pass an evening watching TV. We started to build our own relationship separate from their dad."
But despite her love for Joe and his children, she would go on to turn down his marriage proposals 5 times.
Recently split from first husband Bill Stevenson, she was wary of marriage generally (and her former husband would go on to speak out to the media about his side of their relationship); Jill also wanted her own career and feared losing herself to the role of a political spouse.
What's more, she was very aware of the gravity of taking on parenthood to 2 children who lost their mother at a young age.
"[To each proposal], I said, 'Not yet. Not yet. Not yet.' Because by that time, of course, I had fallen in love with the boys, and I really felt that this marriage had to work. Because they had lost their mom, and I couldn't have them lose another mother," Jill told Vogue.
"So I had to be 100 percent sure."
Well, it seemed that by 1977, Jill was finally ready...
And the couple tied the knot in a romantic ceremony, with them even taking the boys on their honeymoon!
A few years later in 1981, they welcomed their daughter, Ashley, into the world...
And there was absolutely no doubt that Jill was slowly starting to mend Joe's broken heart.
But alongside being the supportive wife of a political figure and the mother of 3 children, Jill was embarking on her own career.
She received her Masters of Education degree from West Chester University in 1981, and after taking several years off following the birth of her daughter, she returned to teaching English while also pursuing a Master of Arts in English from Villanova University.
Also in 1987, Joe - who had been serving as a senator for almost 2 decades - announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 1988 presidential race.
Although the bid wasn't successful, Jill campaigned actively by his side and supported her husband through the turbulent years to come.
Yet throughout all of this, Jill continued to teach.
And by 2007, Jill had successfully defended her thesis to earn her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware, and returned home to signs in the driveway that read "Congratulations Dr. Jacobs-Biden" and "Dr. and Senator Biden live here."
When Joe was announced as the vice-presidential nominee on Barack Obama's ticket in 2008, he introduced Jill by joking:
"My wife, Jill, who you'll meet soon, is drop-dead gorgeous. My wife, Jill, she also has a doctorate degree, which is a problem."
Despite his teasing, though, Joe is and always has been incredibly supportive of his wife's career...
And she has always continued to teach regardless of her husband's position in politics.
So, when Joe emerged victorious from the 2020 elections...
Of course, Jill was by his side the entire time - helping with his campaign and all in all, being a loving and supporting wife.
And amazingly so, Jill has actually made history...
Because she is the only first lady in history to continue working independently alongside her duties in office.
Yep, as well as taking on her duties as first lady, Jill has vowed to continue doing what she loves...
And this week, she has returned to work as if nothing ever changed.
Reports are claiming that she is back to teaching Zoom classes at Northern Virginia Community College from the White House.
She says the "passion" she has for her job is the reason for staying employed as a professor during her time in the White House.
"I taught all 8 years that I was second lady," Jill told PEOPLE in the couple's first interview in the White House. "That's my passion, that's my life."
Jill admits that her schedule is busy...
But noted that she "feels good about the hard work she's putting in."
"It's been busy. But it's been so many different things, so many different areas, and Joe's been working hard on foreign policy and of course his new [COVID relief] plan," she told PEOPLE.
"And so we have a lot to do - but we have a lot ahead of us and we feel good about it. We feel like people have hope that we're moving the country forward."
What a woman.
Dr. Jill Biden is a true inspiration.
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