First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden reflected on their close friendship at their emotional final Joining Forces event at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
The ladies hosted the celebration in honor of the military families and organizations that have supported the armed forces throughout President Barack Obama‘s administration. Jill, who is the mother of late Iraq War veteran Beau Biden, told the crowd that the Obamas and Bidens are now “family.”
Jill, introduced Michelle, saying, “As a military mom, I am grateful for her service. I love her. We’re family.”
Flotus took the podium saying, “This wasn’t supposed to be tearful.”
“Let me just start by thanking my partner in crime, Jill Biden,” Michelle said with tears in her eyes. “Jill has been by far the best partner I could’ve ever imagined. Not just for the work on Joining Forces, but our families have joined forces in so many ways. I’m just grateful to have her by my side. She’s been a devoted advocate for our military community long before she ever came to the White House.”