Joe and Jill Biden's casual chat during a morning stroll was full of encouragement and assurance for the American people going through a tough time because of the pandemic.
Love is in the air this weekend. Couples are gearing up to celebrate Valentine's Day this Sunday and the Bidens are no different. Dr. Jill Biden decided to include the people of America in the celebrations as well this year. Overnight, she installed huge cardboard candy hearts on the lawn of the White House, as a surprise. These hearts held uplifting messages that read "compassion," "unity," courage," and the one that read "healing" was signed, "Love, Jill." The President and the First Lady decided to take an unscheduled stroll through the lawn along with their dogs, Champ and Major and interacted with the press.
I know the last year has been difficult and painful for all of us. I hope Jill’s Valentine’s Day message helped brighten your day. pic.twitter.com/jdEFMSDefm— President Biden (@POTUS) February 13, 2021
Walking through the pop-up decor in casual wear and holding cups of coffee, the Bidens looked like any other couple taking a walk in the park. The President was wearing an old pair of jeans and a black leather jacket with a presidential patch while the First Lady was dressed in a long raspberry coat and wore black boots, both of them wore black masks. Their conversation as they showed the members of the press the pink, white, and red hearts has gone viral. It is not that this conversation was anything out of the ordinary but just the opposite.
The Bidens spoke about the most normal things and this in itself was heartwarming to see. When asked by the press for the inspiration to do put up these messages at the White House, Dr. Biden stated, "I just wanted some joy. With the pandemic, just, everybody's feeling a little down. So it's just a little joy. A little hope. That's all." This thoughtful gesture might have just brought tears to the eyes of many. Joe Biden then explained how Valentine's was a big deal to his wife and in a video clip shared by C-SPAN on Twitter, said, that it was her favorite day.
President Biden: "#ValentinesDay is a big. Jill's favorite day. For real."— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2021
Q: "What inspired you to do this?"@FLOTUS: "I just wanted some joy. With the pandemic, just everybody's feeling a little down. So, it's just a little joy. A little hope. That's all." pic.twitter.com/JW0S1cclNO
A statement from the office of the FLOTUS said, “The First Lady is known for her sense of humor, love of surprises, and celebrating traditions, especially with her family, Valentine’s Day has always been one of her favorite holidays. Sending messages of healing, unity, hope, and compassion, this is her Valentine to the country.” The oversized printed candy hearts were a way of “hearkening back to the days of sharing candy hearts between friends and family,” the statement added.
When asked about what he was giving his wife for Valentine's day "It's not Valentine's Day, I'm not telling you," the President joked. He also took the opportunity to share a cherished memory of Valentine's day from his first year as Vice President during Barack Obama's administration. "I walked into my office and every single pane in the vice president's office ... 18 panes in each window ... [contained painted] little hearts that said: 'Joe loves Jill.' None of them said 'Jill loves Joe.'" he said. When asked about how they should share their "great love affair" with the people of America during a pandemic, Biden stated, "Tell them, there is hope, there is hope, just have to stay strong."
"The only thing I can say to you, is they're still in your heart."— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 13, 2021
President Joe Biden explains how he and Dr Jill Biden spent Valentine's Day at the White House and gives his advice dealing with the sadness of losing a loved one.
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He added, "You just have to stay strong. A lot of people have gone through terrible suffering. Lost their families; lost their children. Lost their husbands, wives, moms, dads. And it's almost unbearable. The one thing I can say to them is that: 'They're still in your heart.'" The President is no stranger to loss or heartbreak himself. In 1972, he lost his wife in a car crash along with his nine-month-old daughter. In 2015, he lost his son Beau, who died of brain cancer. So his words of encouragement and assurance could go a long way for the American people who were not used to words of kindness from the preceding president.