She prepared for more travel during a week that demonstrated the variety of emotions and missions associated with first lady's movements across the country.
In just 36 hours, Biden was able to go from drinking beer with Doug Emhoff (the husband of Vice President Kamala Houston) to meeting the president in Florida to offer comfort to families whose loved ones had been lost or missing following the Surfside condo collapse.
She continued to juggle the many responsibilities that come with being the first lady to carry on the same career outside of the White House. She set aside an hour in Texas to Zoom into a book club that met back in Virginia with members of the English-speaking community college.
Jill Biden travels at the same pace as President Obama.
She pushed vaccines in Mississippi and Tennessee the week before she made her stops in Arizona and Texas, and then again in Tampa and Kissimmee days later.
Her visit to the Astros game was intended to highlight a Major League Baseball vaccination push that offers incentives such as tickets to future games or a replica World Series Ring.
It's safe. It is effective. It's free," she stated about the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Jill Biden will be spending the Fourth of July weekend in New Hampshire, Maine and Pennsylvania as part of events celebrating progress against the coronavirus.
Myra Gutin, a Rider University student who studies first women in New Jersey, said that "I think we knew from the beginning that she was going be more active first ladies." "She strikes me personally as someone who wants to be busy and wants to help.
Jill Biden stated that she doesn't want to waste any time as first lady. Gutin stated that she is traveling more than her predecessors in the administrations of their husbands.
Laura Bush was a former elementary school teacher, librarian, and spent her first months as first lady on the planning of an education summit at Georgetown University in July 2001, and supporting the No Child Left Behind education legislation, which was the first major domestic policy initiative by the new administration.
Michelle Obama spent her first months visiting Cabinet departments to thank federal workers for their services. Melania Trump lived in Trump Tower in Manhattan from the time her son Barron was finished school. They joined President Donald Trump in the White House in June 2017.
Anita McBride is a first lady scholar at American University. She said Jill Biden was well-prepared for the role after having been in the public eye most of her adult lives. Joe Biden was an already U.S. senator at the time of their marriage. He was also a U.S. senator for 36 years. After that, he served eight years as vice-president.
Jill Biden is 70 and has no children, unlike Melania Trump or Michelle Obama. The first lady enjoys traveling and staying busy.
The president doesn't seem to be surprised at how busy his wife of 44 year is these days. He suggested that the White House's increased pace had reduced their "romantic" time.
"She has been travelling all across the country. For Vogue magazine, the president spoke out about his wife's recent profile. So I'll discover that I'm busy working on an important speech, and that I'm distracted. Then I might not be working on one, but I'd like to hang out with her while she works on an important speech. Or grading papers.
He said, "We must find a way, and he means this sincerely to be able time to steal for one another."
McBride was Laura Bush's chief-of-staff. He said that it was important for presidents not to travel too much and not enough to take care of people's business.
McBride stated in an email that "It's a balanced for presidents to try both and a huge advantage when the first lady is able to help,"
Jill Biden, to that end, has been a prominent promoter of her husband’s policies, as well as her own causes and issues, including child tax credits, a proposal for free community colleges, support for military families, and finding a cure.
She will have made 20 solo, official plane and car trips out of Washington by Sunday. This includes a few overnighters in the Southwest and West Coast. This does not include stops she made in Washington, or trips she took with the president. Last week, she stopped in Surfside and laid a large bouquet full of white irises along the curb at a temporary memorial close to the condo building that was destroyed.
The president's Saturday trip to Michigan will mark his 21st Air Force One trip for official business. This includes last month's European trip. This does not include Biden spending weekends at Camp David or his Wilmington, Delaware home. It does not include Biden’s Wilmington trip for a former staffer’s wake or a midweek getaway to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware for his first lady's birthday.
First lady stated that she will continue to travel around the country encouraging people to get vaccinated, particularly young people, in order to prevent COVID-19.
The first lady in Texas and Arizona tried to dispel misinformation about vaccines by ensuring that people were safe and effective. The jabs are completely free and people can ride free to the clinics. Appointments are not necessary. She noted that the shot is quick and doesn't hurt.
As she was getting ready for her COVID-19 shot, she spoke with a girl at a Phoenix clinic where the vaccination rate is low.
The vaccinator then inserted the needle in the arm of the girl and pulled it out.
Biden exclaimed, "It's over," before moving on.