After rather bad experiences with the failed presidential campaigns of 1987 and 1988, Dr. Jill Biden opposed a number of political advisers who wanted Joe Biden to try again in 2004.
It recounts the current first lady herself in her own biography, according to British newspapers Guard.
– All these men – mostly men – come to our house. You know, “You have to be quiet, you have to be quiet.” I didn’t want to be a part of it in any way, he said in the book, according to the newspaper.
Biden was “burned” by the experience of the late 1980s, and had little respect for it when leading party colleagues tried to persuade his husband to challenge Democratic favorite John Kerry in the primaries – and then President George W. Bush’s plans for re-election.
– I don’t even know if I want Joe to try again, he said.
Jill Biden described the pressure for new efforts as “constant”.
– He knows I’m not for him to ask.
In the new biography, readers are also getting revisits with anecdotes that first appeared in the first lady’s 2019 memoir, “Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself.”
The memo describes meetings between the current president and advisers Mark Gitenstein and Mark Klain (today the US ambassador to the EU and Joe Biden’s chief of staff at the White House) ahead of the 2004 election.
During the meeting, his emotions took over, he wrote. Eventually, she effectively stopped further discussion by writing “NO” on her stomach with a marker and “marching through the room in a bikini,” she wrote.
– The message was received, the first lady concluded.
A new biography “Jill: A Biography of the First Lady” has been written by journalists Julie Pace and Darlene Superville.
Scandals and accusations
Joe Biden, then a Delaware senator, began his first presidential campaign in 1987. However, the campaign was marked by several scandals and accusations, including allegations of plagiarism of political speech.
Most of the attention was paid to the few sentences from Biden’s speech that lie very close at a party of a speech given that same year by then Labor leader Neil Kinnock in England.
Biden’s academic achievements have also come under scrutiny after statements that he graduated in the “top half” of his class at the University of Delaware.
In fact, his scores put him in 76th out of 85 – something he later admitted among other things The New York Times.
Biden tried again in 2008 – with the support of his wife – but quickly lost to Barack Obama, where he served as vice president for eight years.
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