The Independent’s US team make predictions for the Biden presidency

Jill Biden: Is the First Lady the person to heal America’s divisions?


Jill Biden: Is the First Lady the person to heal America’s divisions?

Jill Biden: Is the First Lady the person to heal America’s divisions?

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hristmas was very different for the Bidens this year, and not just because it was the last they will spend before moving into the White House. No doubt some family rituals were honoured; Joe insisting on the careful personal placement of each ribbon of tinsel on the tree, for example. Usually they have 26 or so assorted members of the clan round; but this year they pared it down to just a few. Though the president-elect and presumptive First Lady have had their Covid jabs, it wasn’t long ago and they are anxious to set an example of restraint and self-discipline. Maybe next year, when FLOTUS Jill will be in charge of the White House decorations, there will be a bigger reunion. Presumably Jill will not be asking her mates “who gives a f*** about Christmas?” as poor Melania Trump was caught doing.  

It’s a wrench for everyone of course, this year’s restrictions, but maybe particularly for the Bidens, given the extra-special closeness of Jill and Joe. This is not a sentimental point, as much as a simple statement of fact, and of something that America and its friends around the world will have to get used to. For very soon America will have the most cosey, lovey-dovey couple in the White House than they have had in living memory, and a First Lady with maybe more influence than most. It will certainly be a partnership of equals.  


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