Jill Biden mocks her husband’s straight-laced dress sense: ‘Thank God it’s only one date!’
Recalling how she was dressed in hippie-style clothes when Joe Biden turned up for their first date, she laughed that her immediate thought was to thank God she thought they would only have “one date”.
Jill Biden has mocked her husband’s straight-laced dress sense.
The First Lady, 72, who married now-US President Joe Biden, 80, in 1977, said when she saw him dressed in a suit on their first night out in 1975 – when she was obsessed with hippie-style clothes – she thanked God she would only have to go on “one date” with him.
She said at a fund-raiser for her husband at the Lotos Club on New York’s Upper East Side: “It was the ’70s… it was Vietnam, love beads, equal rights. I wore my hair down to the middle of my waist, and so did most of the men I dated.
“Remember what you were wearing then? Clogs, bell-bottoms, tie-dyes.
“(Then) one day, I was asked out on a date from out of the blue, and that evening a handsome young senator showed up at my door.
“I took one look at his perfect suit and his leather loafers and I thought, ‘Thank God it’s only one date!’”
But Jill added: “Well, one date eventually turned into a marriage proposal. And OK, if I am being completely honest, it was five proposals, because this was not part of my plan.”
She also recalled of her hesitation at the time: “More than that, it wasn’t just my heart that was on the line… as many of you know, years before, Joe’s wife, Neilia, and his baby daughter were killed in a car accident.”
Joe was widowed in 1972, and was left a single dad to sons Beau and Hunter Biden.
Jill said: “After all that his two sons, Beau and Hunter, had lost, I knew that if I said yes to Joe, it had to be forever.
“So eventually I realised that my love for Joe and the boys outweighed any fears I had, and I said yes. And here we are 46 years later.”