Jill Biden made an emotional case for her husband, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, as the ideal candidate to unite a country torn apart by racial divisions and suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic, during her keynote address at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening.
Mrs. Biden’s live address came after a poignant video documenting her relationship with the Democratic nominee. She met her future husband several years after the death of his daughter Naomi and first wife, Neilia, in a car accident in 1972 just weeks after Biden won his first election to the U.S. Senate.
In her speech on the second night of the Democratic convention, Biden also recounted another tragedy the family faced: the 2015 death of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Joe’s oldest son.
“Four days after Beau’s funeral, I watched Joe shave and put on his suit,” said Biden from an empty classroom in a Delaware elementary school where she used to teach.
“I saw him steel himself in the mirror, take a breath, put his shoulders back, and walk out into a world empty of our son. He went back to work.”
That resilience — that ability to stitch their lives back together, she argued — is what makes her husband the best person to help the hundreds of thousands who are dealing with the loss of loved ones since the pandemic began.
“How do you make a broken nation whole?” she asked. “The same way you make a broken family whole. With love and understanding. And with small acts of kindness. With bravery and faith.”
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