First Lady Dr. Jill Biden reminds President Joe Biden to ‘pay attention’ to her UK speech

Jill Biden is bringing a new style to the First Lady role

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk on the ellipse to board Marine One on June 09, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden and the First Lady are traveling to the United Kingdom for the G7 Summit and will later travel to Belgium and Switzerland, as part of an eight day trip through Europe.
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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden took their first overseas trip to the UK since the President took office.

The President and First Lady will meet with the Queen, but before the couple enjoys a tea party at Windsor Castle, they made an appearance at the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall. It was there that they both made speeches to the American troops stationed there before heading off to the G7 Summit. Dr. Biden took a more lighthearted approach to her speech though, even jokingly teasing President Biden to "pay attention" to her speech.

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden react upon arrival at Cornwall Airport on June 9, 2021 near Newquay, Cornwall, England.

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Many First Ladies, with Michelle Obama being a recent exception, take a more formal approach to their role, but it seems as if Dr. Biden is trying to shake things up. Even before she beganher speech, she tried to create a more casual atmosphere.

"I don’t want you to stand,” she laughed to the crowd of US service men and women serving in the UK. 

It was also at that moment that she turned around and noticed the President had his back to her. Instead of facing her, he took a moment to look at the troops positioned behind them.

"Joe, pay attention”, she joked, which was met with laughter from the audience.

Will First Lady Dr. Jill Biden bring this casual attitude when she meets the Queen?

The role of First Lady does not come with a rulebook, according to Natalie Gonnella-Platts, who studies first ladies around the world as director of the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park, Texas. When discussing Dr. Biden's first 100 days to USA Today, she went on to say the role is essentially,"defined by who you are and what you bring to the position, your passion, your background, the era in which you live, and the changing role of women more broadly in society."

This isn't the First Lady's first time in the White House either, her experience as the Second Lady during past President Barack Obama's time allowed her to gain an understanding of the expectations you're under when meeting high profile figures.

We can probably expect her to follow the traditional protocols when meeting with the Queen this weekend. That doesn't necessarily mean that Dr. Biden's personality won't shine through though. Along with playing the role of First Lady, Dr. Biden continues teaching at Northern Virginia Community College where she seems to have mastered the art of being personable with a touch of humor. Who knows maybe she'll get a laugh from the Queen too after they've settled in for tea.

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.