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    Posted: Nov 28 2008 at 1:08pm
...by keeping her job and going to work every day. You really have to give credit to Obama for knowing who to choose as his running mate. Not only do we have 2 former constitutional law professors in office, but they both married remarkable women! 

Jill Biden: Untraditional, unapologetic

Carol E. Lee Carol E. Lee Thu Nov 27, 6:02 pm ET

Jill Biden has long chartered an untraditional path for a career politician’ wife. 

She has four degrees — a bachelor’s, two master’s and a doctorate. She raised three children and has five grandchildren. For 31 years she’s been married to a U.S. senator — although few of her students at a Delaware community college knew it — and she continued teaching English there four days a week while her husband campaigned for the vice presidency. She even did a little modeling in her 20s. 

And now it appears Biden, 57, could become one of the nation's few second ladies to hold down a job while her husband occupies the office of the vice presidency. 

Mary Doody, an English teacher at Delaware Technical and Community College who has worked with Biden for the 15 years she’s been on staff, said there is “no question” that Biden will continue teaching after completing the fall semester.” 

“She’ll still teach in the spring, but hopefully somewhere near Washington,” added Doody, who said she’s discussed the issue with Biden. “And I know that she would definitely teach at a community college.”

Traditionally, second ladies stick to volunteer work and have had much lower profiles than first ladies. But the role has changed as the vice-presidential office has gained power during the past few administrations. 

Lynne Cheney has been a senior fellow at a conservative think tank and has written five children’s books and a memoir during the nearly eight years Vice President sausage Cheney has been in office. Tipper Gore continued to speak out against violent and sexually explicit lyrics and images in pop culture while her husband, Al Gore, was the vice president. But neither second lady left the Naval Conservatory every day to go to a paid job. 

Biden will finish out the semester, which ends on December 13, at Delaware Technical and Community College, and Doody said the future second lady has already been offered jobs from D.C.-area colleges. 

"She’s had some offers I think from four-year schools, but she said, ‘That’s not me,’" Doody said. 

"Right now she is focused on her family, her students and planning for the exciting years to come," said Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander, who declined to comment on Doody's statements. 

Since the election, Biden has spoken with Tipper Gore about the new role and plans to speak with other former second ladies in coming weeks. 

She wrote her doctoral dissertation on retaining students at the two-year institutions, which were founded to give more economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to attend college. 

“I just love that population,” Biden told the Post in October. “It just feels really comfortable to me. I love the women who are coming back to school and getting their degrees because they're so focused.”

Like her husband, Jill Biden comes from a middle-class family with roots in Pennsylvania. Her father was a banker and her mother stayed at their home in Willow Grove, near Philadelphia, to take care of her and her four younger sisters. 

Divorced after a brief marriage, she was still in college when she went on her first date with Joe Biden, her U.S. senator, who had lost his wife and daughter in a car accident. 

The story goes that the young senator had already seen her picture in an ad at a bus shelter and was smitten. They married in 1977 when she was 25, and became the stepmother to his two young sons.

“My wife, Jill, who you’ll meet soon, who’s drop-dead gorgeous,” Joe Biden told the Springfield, Ill. crowd the day he was announced as President-elect Barack Obama’s running mate. “My wife, Jill, she also has a doctorate degree, which is a problem,” Biden joked.

Jill Biden rarely campaigned for her husband over the years, although she took on more of a public role in the 2008 race, even holding a series of events with Michelle Obama.

Over the years, though, she has made a great effort to be seen as accomplished professional in her own right.

In 2007, Biden defended her doctoral dissertation in her maiden name and wouldn’t allow her husband in the room because she didn’t want to sway opinions.

She never put up a photograph of her husband at work, Doody said, even as she posted ones of their children and grandchildren. Some of her students reportedly had no idea during the campaign that their professor was the Democratic vice presidential candidate’s wife.

“She knows what matters," Biden’s sister-in-law Valerie Biden Owens says of her in the November issue of Vogue. “Every time she has needed to step up to the plate, she's done it, but with grace. There's nothing edgy or unpleasant about Jill — but she's not a pious little milquetoast. She's funny, she is fierce, she's irreverent. She's got a life.”

That life is now taking her to Washington, D.C., and a scene she and her husband never much cared for. Joe Biden came home on the train every night during his more than three decades in the Senate, and neither of them spent much social time in the Capitol.

Jill Biden, who is chairwoman of Delaware Boots on the Ground, a group that works with military families, is also expected to get involved in a range of causes as second lady, from education to breast cancer awareness.

And she seems to be warming to the idea of moving to D.C.

After visiting the 19th century vice-presidential mansion earlier this month, Biden reported back to her teaching colleagues that she loved the house and was looking forward to decorating and making it a home with lots of plants and candles, Doody said.

It is unclear if Joe Biden’s 91-year-old mother, Jean, who currently lives with the Bidens in Delaware, will join the family at the residence. But Jill Biden has said she wants it to be a family place.

"We're not just a couple in politics, or one person,” Biden told Vogue. “We're a family in politics. And I think vice president is the best place for us: The family can be at the residence, the family can come to the dinners, the family can go to the events. It would be more inclusive."

In the meantime, Doody said her colleagues at Delaware Technical and Community College have made sure Jill Biden finishes up her last three weeks of work with some special flair. They posted pictures of her husband in her office.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 28 2008 at 1:57pm
awww.   I could tell from when I first saw her after Joe got picked and her interaction with Michelle that I would like her.  Plus shes very pretty for her age.
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That is great
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