Michelle Obama got some serious pop star support when she hosted the Kids' Inaugural concert in Washington DC last night. Michelle was joined by her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden as she thanked the military men and women in the audience for their service and introduced the night's performers, including Katy Perry and Usher. Katy gave a particularly patriotic performance, dressed in a star-spangled romper, while Usher chose an all-black ensemble. Other acts of the night included the cast of Glee and the Soul Children of Chicago. The Kids' Inaugural concert kicks off the 57th presidential inauguration, which takes place on Monday. Despite all the other glamorous balls and events, Michelle talked about how the Kids' Inaugural has become her favorite moment of the weekend. She told the crowd, "Inauguration is a really big deal. There're balls. Everybody dresses up and dances. Let me tell you: I love every single minute of it. Every single minute. But I have to tell you that my very favorite part of this entire weekend is being right here with all of you."
President Barack Obama's sidekick, Joe Biden, turns 70 today! While the vice president is gearing up to serve his second term as Obama's right-hand man, he's had another person by his side for much longer: his wife of 35 years, Jill Biden.
We got a glimpse of Joe and Jill's sweet connection at the Democratic National Convention, as Jill made a touching introduction for Joe before his speech on the final day of the convention. She said, "When I first met him, Joe had already seen just how fragile life could be. When he was 29 years old, Joe lost his first wife and baby daughter in a tragic car accident while they were out getting their Christmas tree, and the boys were critically injured. Joe's life was shattered. But through his strong Catholic faith and his fierce love for our boys, Joe found the strength to get back up." Joe then took to the stage and thanked his wife, "Jilly," joking that he had no idea what he would have done if she turned down his fifth marriage proposal.
After he tragically lost his first wife, Joe was a single dad to his two sons for five years before meeting Jill on a blind date set up by his brother. And even after being married for more than three decades, the two seem to still have that special spark. At a political rally in 2008, Joe introduced his "drop-dead gorgeous" wife, and then at the 2009 inaugural ball he said, "I may not be able to dance, but I sure like holding her." They are just too cute! So in honor of Joe's big birthday, see Joe and Jill Biden's sweetest moments over the years.
Tonight Vice President Joe Biden went head to head with VP hopeful Paul Ryan in the first (and only) vice presidential debate at the Norton Center at Centre College in Danville, KY. After the presidential debate last week, both men had a lot riding on this event, and luckily they had their supportive wives in the audience. Joe's wife of 35 years, Jill Biden, donned a purple frock as she waved to the attendees. And Paul's wife, Janna Ryan, flashed a big smile in her pink dress and jacket. While Joe brought up the tragic car accident that took the lives of his first wife and baby daughter — something Jill also referenced when introducing him at the Democratic National Convention — Paul shared a story about going with his wife to see the ultrasound of their eldest daughter who looked like a "bean," which is why their nickname for her is now "Liza bean." After their closing statements, both families joined the debaters onstage at the end. See the ladies show their support (and affection) now!
Jennifer Aniston hit the red carpet in Washington DC last night for a premiere of Five at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Earlier in the day, Jennifer Aniston toured a new breast cancer treatment facility along with Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden. Jill also attended the bash alongside Jeanne Tripplehorn and Patricia Clarkson, who both star in the made-for-TV film. Jennifer executive produced the piece and directed one of the five segments. Jennifer's boyfriend, Justin Theroux, wasn't on hand despite having grown up in Washington DC, but he did step out last week for the NYC premiere of Five, which makes its debut on the small screen next Monday, Oct. 10.
Jennifer Aniston joined Second Lady Jill Biden today in Alexandria, VA, to tour the new Inova Breast Care Center. Jennifer was brought to tears as she and Jill listened to the heart-wrenching but hopeful stories of several women who have lived through breast cancer during their visit to the clinic. The cause is one that Jill and Jennifer have both been involved with for several years. Jennifer just debuted her directorial project, the Lifetime movie Five, which is a series of short films about the disease, and her effort will be honored at the Elle Women in Hollywood celebration in the coming months. Jill, for her part, has spent two decades championing early detection and prevention of the cancer. Jennifer traveled to Virginia today from her home base in NYC, where she and Justin Theroux have been settling into their new life together.
Jessica Simpson continues to show her love for the troops. The singer performed "God Bless America" for military families yesterday along with First Lady Michelle Obama. The event was part of Michelle's Joining Forces initiative, but it's not the first time that Jessica has shown her support for the men and women overseas. Watch as she belts out the patriotic number, and then take a look back at some of her past military trips!
I'll admit that I use makeup and enjoy mindless magazines from time to time. Perhaps female soldiers do too and that's why Jill Biden and Nancy Pelosi took part in making care packages that included Cosmopolitan magazine, tampons, eye masks, lipstick, and camouflage pink makeup bags in addition, to the usual beef jerky, raisins, and toothbrushes.
This is the first time the USO has sent "female-centric" care packages and the overly-feminine nature of the products is calling into question whether they are demeaning to the female soldiers — the pink camouflage bag might go a little far in treating these tough soldiers like girlie tweens. Does this rub you the wrong way or do you think it's cool? Feel free to share in the comments what you would want to include instead!
- Michelle Obama and Jill Biden attended game one of the World Series last night, watching the Phillies beat the New York Yankees. — Huffington Post
- The US economy grew for the first time in year last quarter, with GDP expanding at an annual rate of 3.5 percent. — New York Times
- There's growing speculation that Michael Jackson's This Is It could win an Oscar. — AP
- Friends of the girl who was gang raped outside her school's homecoming dance are blasting school officials over lack of safety. — CNN
- Kenya will hold a census of its gay population with hopes that the information will boost HIV prevention. Homosexuality is a crime in Kenya, punishable by 14 years in jail. — BBC News
Michelle Obama may get all the attention, but there's one thing that stands out about Jill Biden. Doctor always precedes her name.
I've actually thought about the title at little to moderate length before — certainly enough to be embarrassed! She has a PhD in education, so shouldn't she be Jill Biden, PhD? No, that would sound weird. I always called my college professors Dr. — Even the art ones! So maybe it's not that weird. But Michelle Obama is a lawyer, and we don't call her Attorney or Michelle Obama Esquire. Though the latter suits her.
In the end, Jill Biden is called Dr. Jill Biden because she asks to be. Joe Biden liked to joke on the campaign trail that she went back to school at 55 because she was sick of seeing mail addressed to Sen. and Mrs. Biden. Ugh. Say it ain't so Joe!
The request may actually serve a purpose in academia, where sexism exists in more than just the books. A professor at University of Southern California's Center For Education said that male academics are more likely to be called doctor by colleagues while women are often addressed by their first names.
So what is Dr. Biden's request? Accurate? Smug? Feminist? Or totally irrelevant?