The dedicated English teacher met the future US president on a blind date when she was in college, and they tied the knot in 1977.
They hit it off right away, but Jill wasn’t sure whether to marry Joe right away.
In fact, she said no when he fell to one knee and asked her to be his wife. Four times.
Thankfully, Joe, who will be America’s 46th President, didn’t give up, and she said yes when he asked for the fifth time.
The couple tied the knot in 1977, two years after their first date.
She had already scheduled an appointment for the night they were supposed to meet, but a very confident Joe told her to cancel so they could go out.
They went to dinner and to see a movie and saw each other three nights in a row.
Jill wasn’t put off by the nine-year age difference, and liked how mature he was compared to the guys she’d dated in college.
In an interview with Vogue magazine, she said, “I was a senior and I was with men in jeans and clogs and t-shirts, he came to the door with a sports coat and loafers and I thought, ‘God, it will never work, not in a million years. “He was nine years older than me!
“But we went out to see a man and a woman at the Philadelphia movie theater, and we got along really well.”
Jill was married before she met Joe and married her first husband, Bill Stevenson, when she was only 18 years old.
She got divorced when she turned 24 so she wanted to make sure her Joe was the one.
Joe’s first wife, Neilia, and the couple’s daughter, Neilia, died in a car accident three years before meeting Jill
Their sons Beau and Hunter survived the crash.
Jill wanted to be sure that her marriage to Joe would last so that the boys wouldn’t lose a second mother figure.
In her 2019 memoir work, Where the Light Enters, Jill explains that she was also concerned about losing her career and her own identity.
She wrote, “I knew there would be so much that I couldn’t control no matter how hard I tried.
“If I have Joe with all my heart, he had the power to break it.
“I started my career planning graduate school – and then staff called to set up appointments with my friend that would fit his crazy Senate schedule.
“I’ve been pulled in so many directions.”
But it was different with the fifth proposal.
Joe went to Jill’s apartment on his way to the airport in 1977 and said, “Look, I’ve been as patient as I can, but that got my Irish upset. Either you choose to marry me or that’s it, I’m not again. I don’t ask again. ”
He added, “I’m too much in love with you to be just friends.”
Then he flew to South Africa to do political work and finally got the yes he wanted later that night.
They married in the United Nations Chapel in 1977 and took Joe’s sons Beau and Hunter on their honeymoon.
In his autobiography, Joe said, “She gave me my life back. She made me believe that my family could be whole again. ”
They welcomed a daughter, Ashley, together in 1981.
But when Joe was named vice president of Barack Obama’s administration and Jill took on the role of second lady, she refused to give up her career.
She continued her work as a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College and said, “Being a teacher is not what I do, but who I am.”
She has four degrees – a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in education.
However, in April last year she took a break from her formidable career to support her husband on the campaign trail.
But she said she intended to teach English again if Joe won the White House.
Jill’s clothes were a big topic along the campaign trail, and her love for bright colors and vibrant outfits made her a hit with fashion lovers.
A key example is her knee-high Stuart Weitzman boots with the word “VOTE” on the side.
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