The interview, held with the People magazine had the Bidens speaking on how shared pain, mutual respect and independent goals had only added so much strength and grit to their union.
This was their interview as a couple since they assumed the roles of president and first lady. Joe and Jill Biden spoke with People magazine about how they have supported each other over 43 years of marriage, including some emotional ups and downs they've been through.
“She has a backbone like a ramrod,” the president Joe Biden, lavished praise on his wife during the interview, which was published on Wednesday.
“Everybody says marriage is 50/50. Well, sometimes you have to be 70/30. Thank God that when I’m really down, she steps in, and when she’s really down, I’m able to step in. We’ve been really supportive of one another,” he explained further.
He also added his gladness in the fact that his wife has been working as a college professor over the decades, which he used to stress that in keeping a marriage strong, there is so much importance in both parties that make up the union to have their separate passions and goals.
Meanwhile, Jill Biden still teaches English composition at Northern Virginia Community College, possessing a doctorate in education and is the first first lady who has a paying job outside the White House. “My passion, my life,” Jill always says about her teaching profession.
“It’s important that she has the things that she cares a great deal about, her independence,” the president said. “And yet we share each other’s dreams.”
Jill Biden then opened up on the pains they had endured together as a couple over the years, which is likely a reference to the loss of her stepson Beau Biden, who died from a brain tumor in 2015 at the age of 46.
Meanwhile, it is noteworthy worthy that Beau was the eldest child of Joe Biden and his first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, who died in a car crash in 1972 with the couple’s one-year-old daughter, Naomi. Beau grew up with Jill and Joe after Joe married Jill five years after his first wife died.
Jill and Joe Biden were married by a Catholic priest on June 17, 1977, at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City.
“All that we’ve been through together — the highs, the lows and certainly tragedy and loss — there’s that quote that says sometimes you become stronger in the fractured places,” she said. “That’s what we try to achieve.”
When poised with the question of whether or not he would be able to perform his role without the support of his wife, Joe Biden stressed that “we each could do our jobs, but not as well as we do them,” and further adding the praise on Jill that she was the “glue that held it together.”
Confirming what every one who knows a thing about marriage are familiar with, Biden explained, “It’s not that we don’t fight and argue sometimes,”
“I’m just lucky,” he exclaimed.
Confirming how they had gradually outgrown the days of fighting after so much years being together, Jill added, “Well, after 43 years of marriage there’s really not that much more to fight about,” the first lady added.
Reflecting on their marriage which touched on his Catholic faith, the the president equated it to meditation, and the “surreal” experience of re-entering the White House after having spent so much time in it when he served as vice president in Barack Obama’s administration.
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