She HAS been there for 8 years with her husband being the Vice President….
She comes strong at being the First Lady in a very different way that the last one….
Biden has long acted as her husband’s conscience and confidante — she was instrumental in his selection of Kamala D. Harris as his running mate. With a visit to the National Guard members, she indicated that she will also be proactive in her role as an avatar of the administration. However, Biden’s portfolio will probably not be limited to informal counsel to her husband and impromptu acts of goodwill toward the troops. By filling her schedule and East Wing staff, the first lady has indicated that she intends to forcefully pursue her own priorities. (She started the next week with back-to-back online meetings with the spouses of state governors and a group of young Latino leaders.)
“What this says to me is that this is someone who is so comfortable in this role,” says Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush. “It says, ‘I am thrilled and honored to have this position. These are the things I care about. I intend to be active. I intend to be visible and I intend to be a partner in the work of this administration.’ ”
image….First lady Jill Biden, right, tours Whitman-Walker Health in January. Her scheduled visit was followed by a surprise trip to the U.S. Capitol complex to visit National Guard members who were in town as part of increased security for her husband’s inauguration following the insurrection on Jan. 6. (Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AP)