Dr. Jill Biden

in conversation with Elaine Petrocelli

Recorded June 28th, 2020

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Dr. Jill Biden‘s Where the Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of the woman at its center.

Jill, the wife of former vice president Joe Biden is the New York Times bestselling author of Where the Light Enters and her first children’s book, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.

She works as a community college professor. She served as second lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. During the Obama-Biden administration, she advocated for military families, community colleges, the fight against cancer, and the education of women and girls around the world. Dr. Biden and her husband founded the Biden Foundation and the Biden Cancer Initiative.

Her forthcoming release, Joey, is the first ever picture book about the young life of Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, and includes never before told family stories about the presidential candidate and former vice president’s childhood.

A mother of three and grandmother of five, Jill and her husband live in Wilmington, Delaware, with their two dogs, Champ and Major.

Elaine Petrocelli is co-owner of Book Passage, the fiercely independent bookstore in Corte Madera, California, and at the San Francisco Ferry Building . Over the past 44 years, Book Passage has hosted more than 10,000 classes, conferences, and author events, featuring Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Salman Rushdie, John McCain, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and thousands of new writers. She hosts of the Conversations with Authors series with Isabel Allende, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, Dave Eggers and other great writers.

Please join us for a special conversation on Sunday, June 28th.

Order any of Jill’s books and receive an autographed book plate with every book.

Dr. Jill Biden‘s Where the Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of the woman at its center.

Jill, the wife of former vice president Joe Biden is the New York Times bestselling author of Where the Light Enters and her first children’s book, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.

She works as a community college professor. She served as second lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. During the Obama-Biden administration, she advocated for military families, community colleges, the fight against cancer, and the education of women and girls around the world. Dr. Biden and her husband founded the Biden Foundation and the Biden Cancer Initiative.

Her forthcoming release, Joey, is the first ever picture book about the young life of Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, and includes never before told family stories about the presidential candidate and former vice president’s childhood.

A mother of three and grandmother of five, Jill and her husband live in Wilmington, Delaware, with their two dogs, Champ and Major.

Visit the Book Passage website to have any of Jill’s books delivered right to your door.

Order now and receive an autographed book plate with every book:

Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself

Family, Discovering Myself

Joey: The Story of Joe Biden

Joey

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops

Don't-Forget-God-Bless-Our-Troops

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    How do you deal with people who start attacking your husband and his mental acuity? As a spouse, you know your husband more than anyone- how do you respond to those people? Does it bother you more than it should?

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    Our country has been missing a visible first lady for the last 4 years. Do you have a project in mind to help guide our country and if you do how did you decide on that mission above all others.

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    Do you have a favorite poem or a favorite quote that keeps you going despite hard times? Thank you.

  • 11

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    What was writing a memoir like? Did you feel differently about writing it when it was all over compared to when you began?

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    How involved is the Vice President in the shaping of your books? Did he get to approve the stories you tell about him in Joey?

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    How did you grapple with wanting to build your own career and having a family? At times, it feels like women only have one option: to either give up everything and have kids/raise a family, or forgo having a family to pursue her own aspirations. And when they decide the latter or even both, it seems selfish.

  • 8

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    What are the most effective things women can do to heal our nation, planet and all beings; including rain forests, oceans, rivers and soils? (Electing Joe Biden is obviously Mission #1)

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    What was the biggest challenge for you as you wrote your books?

  • 7

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    When you are First Lady, besides returning grace, intelligence and integrity to the White House, will you replant the White House garden?

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    Do you write in a journal at all? How were you able to remember so many childhood stories or the way you felt during periods of your life?

  • 6

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    I know it’s a couple of months late, but you are infamous for your great April Fools pranks! Did you happen to do anything this year while in quarantine?

  • 5

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    What kind of dogs are Champ and Major?

  • 5

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    What was one thing you and the VP did to stay sane while in quarantine?

  • 5

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    What is your favorite comfort food?

  • 5

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    What was going on in your head during the moment when two protestors came running onto the stage in Los Angeles?

  • 4

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    How often did you sit down and actually write for your memoir? Did anyone help you recall all those stories and memories?

  • 4

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    Why do write children’s books? What kind of stories are you hoping to share with young readers?

  • 4

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    Do you have any book recommendations? I started Dear Edward and Where the Crawdads Sing thanks to you! 🙂

  • 4

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    Has the VP ever cooked a meal for you?

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    Who was the first person to read your memoir? Did your husband read it when it was completely done or did he read bits and pieces along the way?

  • 4

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    In your experience in working with women and girls, what health issues do they tell you are important to them, and which do you feel should be addressed now? Thank you.

  • 4

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    My little brother is 18, and he has struggled with a stutter almost his entire life. It’s not that noticeable, but when it happens, he gets very embarrassed and refuses to speak. He used to get made fun of in school when he was younger because it was very telling. I’ve tried explaining to him how Joe Biden once had a stutter, and how he would practice with Irish poetry to overcome it— and he did! How did you approach this subject with your husband; did you help him when he would have to give speeches, or did you give him any words of encouragement that seemed to help? When I try talking about it with my brother, he doesn’t want to engage in the conversation or even listen to what I have to say.

  • 4

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    How do you find time for book writing–and helping your husband run for president!!

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    What is one thing you desperately miss from your private life?

  • 3

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    Now that some restrictions are being lifted and the VP is starting to meet with groups and supporters in person, do you ever get worried that he might get COVID-19 and bring it home?

  • 3

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    How did you overcome your fear of public speaking? Looking at all the amazing speeches and events you’ve done, you wouldn’t even assume you once had trouble with it!

  • 2

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    Were there any similarities during the time your husband wrote his memoir and the time in which you wrote yours?

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    On your bad days, what do you do to make yourself feel better? How do you cope with things that affect your mental health?

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    Do you ever have regrets about living such a public life?

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    Do you have an all time favorite campaign memory you share with your husband?

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    Your husband shared that he would write in some sort of diary or journal throughout his years as VP, did you ever do the same?

  • 2

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    As First Lady, how would you address the issue of sending children and college students back to school/campus during a pandemic?

  • 2

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    As the nominee of his party, will Joe be able to expand the number of Cabinet heads and departments, in order to ‘undo’ the institutional damage done by the Trump administration?
    administration?

  • 2

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    The VP said early on when asked that he would love Michelle O. to run with him but we all know what she said in “Beoming”. Do you think given the pandemic crisis, the Russian military bounty revealed on top of everything else that she just might reconsider?

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    What do you think is the most important message you hope children and their parents will learn from your book?

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    Did you learn anything new while in quarantine? Learn new cooking recipes, make crafts, or just read more books?

  • 1

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    Does the Vice President miss Hanks hoagies and is his favorite?

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    Do you have a priority list of states and countries you would visit as first lady , besides visits with your husband, once he is elected? What will be your focus on such visits.

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    How do you envision your new role as First Lady? What will be your top three priorities in terms of what you would like to accomplish as First Lady?

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    Have you or your hubby read “Building the Great Society” by Joshua Zeitz? It will be very valuable as The Decent People move quickly to refloat our sunken vessel. God bless and good luck.