First Lady Jill Biden firmly secured her role as President Joe Biden‘s ‘best political asset’ with a ‘classy and elegant’ display at the inauguration that earned her a swathe of praise from spectators.
The 69-year-old teacher proudly stood by her husband’s side as he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, holding up the Bible that he placed his hand on while taking an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution.
Standing alongside Jill were her stepson Hunter, 50, and her daughter Ashley, 39, who recently paid tribute to her mother for helping to keep Joe ‘grounded’ throughout his political career.
Right-hand woman: First Lady Jill Biden cemented her status as President Joe Biden’s ‘best political asset’ at the inauguration when she earned high praise for her ‘classy’ demeanor
Emotion: The 69-year-old teacher proudly kissed and hugged her husband after he was officially sworn in as the 46th President of the United States
Close: The couple have been married for 43 years, and Jill has long-been viewed as one of Joe’s strongest allies and confidantes – a label she certainly lived up to at Wednesday’s event
Allies: Many inauguration spectators were quick to highlight the very close and very visible bond that Joe and Jill share
Her position as the new President’s right-hand woman and closest confidante couldn’t have been more clear on Wednesday, when she remained close by his side during the day’s proceedings – which began with a mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral in D.C.
From there the couple, who have been married for 43 years, traveled to Capitol Hill for the inauguration, where Jill proudly held Joe’s hand as they walked out onto the stage for the swearing in ceremony.
Within seconds of her arrival at the event, social media had been flooded with praise for Jill, who received compliments on everything from her calm and respectful demeanor to her chic choice of outfit, which drew comparisons with Jackie Kennedy from some impressed Twitter users.
‘Dr Jill Biden is stunning, gorgeous, elegant and classy. So proud to have her as our First Lady,’ one person shared.
Another added: ‘Dr. Jill Biden, bringing back strong, classy , intelligent, beautiful women in the white house.’
‘The First Lady Jill Biden is STUNNING! I love her outfit!’ a third person chimed in. ‘Classy, Exuberant, and All together American. I love it!’
Family: Following the swearing in, Jill embraced her husband, stepson Hunter Biden, 50, and her daughter Ashley, 39
Heartfelt: Ashley appeared overcome with emotion while watching her father take his oath, days after she praised her mother for keeping him ‘grounded’ throughout his career
She’s got his back! One heartwarming snap from the event showed Jill resting her hands on Joe’s shoulders in a gesture of comfort and reassurance
Consistent: The English professor has been a steadfast source of support and advice for Joe during their marriage, and was credited with ‘making him whole again’ after his first wife died
One user stated: ‘Dr. Jill Biden served us all a plate of Jackie O realness this morning!!! the monochromatic looks today we’re fab,’ as another agreed, saying: ‘Jill Biden is so classy, a real Jackie O.’
Viewers were also moved by Jill’s enthusiastic embrace of her husband, whom she hugged and kissed proudly after he was sworn in, before drawing her stepson Hunter and their daughter Ashley in for a family hug.
Although the inauguration certainly provided a platform for Jill to shine, away from the glare of the spotlight, she has long been viewed as an essential force behind her husband’s political career.
Earlier this week, Jill and Joe’s only daughter Ashley heaped praise on her mother, reaffirming the long-held perception that the newly-minted First Lady is one of her father’s greatest assets. .
‘I agree [that she is his best political asset],’ Ashley told former First Daughter and Today host Jenna Bush Hager. ‘You know she’s straight up with dad. She’s fierce and extremely loyal.’
The new First Daughter then heaped praise on her parents’ relationship, agreeing with Jenna’s description of their ‘inspiring love’, while revealing how her mother helps to ensure that Joe has remained ‘grounded’ throughout his time in politics.
Team: Jill formed a close friendship with former First Lady Michelle Obama while their husbands served in the White House together, and the women were seen tightly embracing
Side by side: Joe’s Vice President Kamala Harris is also understood to be close with Jill, and the two women were seen entering the Capitol together with their husbands on Wednesday
Tragedy: Biden’s first wife Neilia and their infant daughter Naomi (center) died in a car crash in December 1972. Their sons Hunter (left) and Beau (right) survived the accident
Welcoming: Jill is said to have taken her stepsons Hunter and Beau, who died in 2015 from brain cancer, under her wing after marrying their father (pictured together in 1987)
‘They really do [have a great love that is inspiring],’ she said. ‘Mom keeps dad grounded. She will always remind him to take out the trash. Dad loves his Raisin Bran in the morning, and she’s like, “Joe, wash that bowl, don’t put it in the sink.”‘
Jill has shown unwavering support to Joe throughout his political career, serving as his Second Lady during the eight years he spent as Vice President to former President Barack Obama, and prior to that was credited with helping to ‘make her husband whole again’ after he suffered the tragic loss of his first wife Neilia and their infant daughter in a car crash in 1972.
The new First Lady was 24 when she met her now-husband – who was 33 at the time and serving as the Delaware Senator.
She had divorced her first husband – former college footballer Bill Stevenson – just a dew months prior, and was set up on a blind date with Joe by his brother Frank, who she knew from college.
The couple married in 1977 at the United Nations chapel and a reception lunch at Sign of the Dove in New York City, and then took sons Beau and Hunter on their honeymoon. Their daughter was born in 1981.