First Lady Jill Biden polishes her reputation for fun surprises: before dawn on Friday, she helped decorate the north lawn of the White House for Valentine’s Day with candy-heart sentiments as a message of hope and healing for Americans.
Then, in yet another surprise, she and President Joe Biden and her two German Shepherds, Champ and Major, took an unscheduled walk to see the row of large red, pink, and white heart-shaped signs covered with the words “Cure”. Compassion ”and“ Hope. ”The two who wore masks were chatting to a trembling pool of reporters and the C-SPAN crew.
One of the hearts on the lawn was signed, “Love, Jill.”
The president, dressed in old jeans and a black leather jacket with a presidential patch and a coffee mug, said Valentine’s Day was his wife’s favorite day. They joked about which one loves the other more and kept an eye on their dogs while chatting with reporters.
Jill Biden, dressed in a long raspberry coat and black boots, said she knew that many Americans are “feeling a little down” amid the coronavirus pandemic, so she wanted to do something to bring about “a little joy, a little hope” bring.
Her office released a statement from her spokesman, Michael LaRosa, to the US early Friday morning.
“As you may know, the first lady is known for her sense of humor, love of surprises and celebrating traditions, especially with her family,” the statement said. “Valentine’s Day has always been one of her favorite holidays. It sends messages of healing, oneness, hope and compassion. This is her Valentine’s Day for the country.”
During the informal argument, the president enjoyed an anecdote and told reporters that in his freshman year as vice president his wife decorated a window in his White House office with a heart drawn saying, “Joe loves Jill.”
“Not Jill loves Joe,” he cracked. He said he once said to an interviewer: “Everyone knows that I love you more than you love me!”
When a reporter asked how he could extend his love story to Americans amid the misery of the pandemic, the president said, “Tell them there is hope, there is hope, they just have to stay strong.”
“We hope this has lifted your spirits,” said the first lady.
Just before they went in, the President was asked for his thoughts on the Senate process. He said he was “excited” to see what his Republican “friends” would do, but declined to say whether he thought Trump should be convicted.