Hot on HuffPost:

See More Stories

Jill Biden, Captain of the Vice Squad

6 years ago
  0 Comments Say Something  »
Text Size
She's the captain of the vice squad. That's how Dr. Jill Biden, the second lady of the United States, jokes about being the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

You know FLOTUS, First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama, from this column. Here's an update on SLOTUS, who started her second semester of teaching at the Alexandria campus of the Northern Virginia Community College on Aug. 24.

Biden, who received a doctorate degree in 2007, is handling two courses: "Preparing for College Writing" and "Critical Reading and Study Skills." President Obama asked the longtime community college educator to promote enrollment at community colleges, and I bet it will ripen as her signature issue.Education Secretary Arne Duncan is also interested in highlighting the role of community colleges. With Duncan, Biden visited Miami Dade College in March; in May she talked to students at a campus of the Community College of Aurora in Colorado. She's written about CC's in a couple of op-eds.

Biden presides over a staff of eight, including two at the vice presidential residence in northwest Washington, and is rarely in the spotlight. But she is gradually stepping more into her public role.

On Sept. 17, Biden will be the keynoter at a Defense Department employee awards ceremony in Washington. Like Mrs. Obama's agenda, Biden's list includes helping military families.

Her stepson, Delaware Attorney General Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III, was deployed to Iraq almost a year ago as a member of the Delaware National Guard. Since January, Biden has visited with military families at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Carson, Colo., at Walter Reed in Washington; a Navy base in Coronado, Calif., and at the Bamberg and Schweinfurt bases in Germany.

She has stumbled only once: while on the Oprah Winfrey show the day before the inauguration, she told Winfrey that Obama gave her husband a choice between being the vice president and secretary of state. Her other public remarks have been without controversy.

For the record, so far Biden has made six big speeches, including before the UNESCO World Conference on Education in Paris in July and a commencement address at Kingsborough Community College in New York in June.

Our New Approach to Comments

In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey Weiss – we are requiring commenters to use their AOL or AIM screen names to submit a comment, and we are reading all comments before publishing them. Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period, to make room for a discussion among those with ideas to kick around. Please read our Help and Feedback section for more info.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum Comment Moderation Enabled. Your comment will appear after it is cleared by an editor.

Follow Politics Daily

  • Comics
Featuring political comics by Robert and Donna TrussellMore>>
  • Woman UP Video
politics daily videos
Weekly Videos
Woman Up, Politics Daily's Online Sunday ShowMore»
politics daily videos
TV Appearances
Showcasing appearances by Politics Daily staff and contributors.More>>