Dr. Jill Biden endorses her husband, former Senator and Vice President Joe Biden, for president because of course she does. She’s a supportive spouse and a well spoken one at that. But during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., Biden picked an odd way to phrase her support for her husband’s presidential run.
Dr. Jill Biden urges voters to consider her husband's electability, saying: "your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, healthcare than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election." pic.twitter.com/xdPk95wWnv
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 19, 2019
Biden’s phrasing isn’t just odd, it’s straight up funny. Naturally, the jokes wrote themselves.
Jill Biden may have settled for her husband but I'm not sure why anyone else should
— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) August 19, 2019
I won’t be married for another two months yet, but my understanding of the institution is that discussing your spouse as tepidly as Jill Biden did in public is an unequivocal no-no
— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) August 19, 2019
“is Joe Biden who I’d pick to be our President? FUCK no! but we have to be pragmatic,” said Jill Biden
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) August 19, 2019
Dr. Jill Biden’s words here also indicate greater fear surrounding Joe Biden’s candidacy. It’s the same fear that led the former VP’s allies to suggest scaling back public events to reduce gaffes or release statements from his neurosurgeon affirming Biden’s mental health. That’s partially why Dr. Biden is already mentioning electability and party unity behind her husband nearly six months before any actual votes are cast. Perhaps time will wash these words and qualms about Joe Biden away. But this far away from primary season, questions about mental health and stability are the kind nobody wants to face.