As she prepares to deliver the biggest political speech of her career, Jill Biden will speak in personal and optimistic terms, a source familiar with her remarks says, as she makes the case for her husband Joe Biden as president.
“You’re going to hear who she is and she’s going to tell you about who Joe Biden is – the father, the husband, the grandfather,” the source said. “She’s going to talk about what drives him to do this, what motivates him, but also the faith and values that guide him and the family.”
Tonight’s speech also will serve as a reintroduction of sorts for the former second lady who now hopes to step into the role of first lady if her husband’s elected, with the source saying, “You’re going to see what kind of first lady she’s going to be.”
Some background: Jill Biden has already committed to teaching if she becomes first lady, the second time she’d have to balance the official duties of a presidential administration with her personal career obligations.
Jill Biden, who has a doctorate in education, is also expected to confront the issue of education through the backdrop of her speech – a high school classroom where she taught English nearly three decades ago – as well as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as parents, students and educators are grappling with reopening schools safely and remote learning, the source said.
Jill Biden has often talked about how the role of political spouse has not come naturally to her, but over the course of the Democratic primary, she was among the most active political spouses on the campaign trail, honing her message and offering the most personal testimony to her husband’s character and leadership style – something she’s expected to do once again tonight.