It’s about making time for President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
The first lady sat down with Kelly Clarkson for a special episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, where she shared how having a late night dinner with her husband at the White House makes them a better couple, despite their busy schedules.
“He’s so busy, I’m so busy, but we stick with dinner,” Jill revealed. “And we have dinner together, there are no phones, the phones have to be off … We just sit and talk for a while, and he has to go back to work late into the night and I’m grading the jobs.”
Plus, the Bidens also make sure to have dinner Sunday night with their kids. The president and first lady share a daughter, Ashley, 39, while the president is also the father of Hunter, 51, and the late Beau and Naomi, who died in 2015 and 1972, respectively.
“We try to keep Sunday night dinners going,” Jill said, adding that “it’s been a little busy lately. We still do it and the kids are looking forward to it and I think the traditions really support them.”
“It was funny, recently my granddaughters called me and said, ‘Nana’, you know I love having a beautiful table with candles and flowers or whatever I can find two, they said: ‘Nana, we are making our own dinner. And we’re doing it Nana style. We have our candles, ‘”she shared. “So part of her has penetrated [through the family]. I hope that they also continue the traditions. “
During their conversation, Jill also mentioned how she struggled to find faith after Beau’s death after her battle with cancer.
“I prayed so hard every day for him to live,” she said of losing when she was 45 years old. “I felt like he was such a special person that God would let him live. I just prayed and prayed.”
“It just wasn’t meant to be,” he continued, adding, “It was difficult for me to keep my faith because I had believed so strongly in prayer that he would make it through. It took me a long time, Kelly.”
Jill added that almost six years have passed and one day she was in a church and a woman came up to her and said, “Jill, I want to be your prayer partner.” Not knowing what that meant, the two of them would have phone calls in which they would pray together and, to this day, they communicate with each other on a weekly basis.
“And it really helped me regain my faith,” he said. “I felt it was a gift that she gave me.”
Over the years, the Bidens have made sure to honor the late Beau. See more about the couple in the video below.