Jill Biden: The Real President? “She is usually in the room when senior campaign staff are presenting strategy to her husband. She will ask questions. But she never weighs in on the decision,” an unnamed Biden Administration insider told Politico in a puff piece on America’s First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden back a few months ago.
“She is always the final gut check,” said another former Biden senior adviser.
In fact, given President Joe Biden’s infirmities, it is evident that his younger wife is the one calling the shots.
Certainly, Jill Biden is having significant influence of events that her husband, as leader of what’s left of the Free World, has to contend with.
Yes, Jill Biden is the Real President
Dr. Jill Biden is not merely a sounding board, though. She is likely the real power behind the throne.
In effect, she’s America’s first female president.
Sure, we’ve had influential First Ladies before.
Most infamously was Edith Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson, who helped to hide her husband’s frailties in the final year or so of his presidency (President Wilson had suffered a debilitating stroke and was wheelchair bound the remainder of his time in office).
Nancy Reagan was seen as Ronald Reagan’s brain in the final years of his presidency, as it is rumored that the 40th president’s brain was increasingly afflicted with Alzheimer’s.
The old joke about Hillary Clinton was that she was Bill Clinton’s “co-president.” She was one of the only First Ladies in American history given an actual policy portfolio. The two times that Hillary unsuccessfully ran for the White House, her surrogates made the effusive claims that America would be smart to elect her because they’d essentially be getting a twofer: she as the actual president and her husband, the former president, as her co-president.
Still, none of these women have been as powerful as Jill Biden has been. After all, none of them are doctors (not medical doctors. Something far more useful: Ph.Ds. in education!) They were all serving as mere intermediaries for the whims and wishes of their more powerful husbands.
What is the nature of Jill Biden’s marriage with Joe Biden as it relates to the presidency?
She’s Always in The Room
Just remember what that unnamed Biden insider told Politico: Dr. Jill is always in the room with her husband. She is the lead interlocutor of Biden’s White House staff whenever there is an issue occurring that requires her presidential husband’s say.
A national bank collapse could be on the way. Who is getting briefed as the chaos befalls our skittish financial system? It isn’t our president who is asking the tough, probing questions. It’s his wife.
In fact, Jill Biden’s fingerprints are all over this administration.
Of the four White House Principals, Jill Biden boasts the busiest travel schedule. Compare that to her husband, known for calling it quits after 4 p.m. Eastern. Mind you, the president’s official day doesn’t begin until 10 a.m. As the New York Post recently reported: that’s a 30-hour workweek. That’s not the case for his wife, though.
Joe Biden infamously defeated the raging, orange fireball, Donald J. Trump, by basically acting as an immovable object to Trump’s unstoppable force. Trump gave Biden the moniker of “Basement Joe” during the 2020 Presidential Election because Biden was so effective at calling a lid on his public interactions.
Back then, the Biden Campaign blamed the COVID-19 lockdowns and fear of getting or spreading the novel coronavirus by conducting a normal political campaign. Heading into 2024, though, it appears that Biden again plans to hide in his basement.
Jill Biden, on the other hand, has been made the point person for the Biden Campaign’s outreach to critical voting blocs, notably suburban women voters. It is Jill who, for better or worse, has set the Biden Administration’s agenda on education policy. She has had her well-manicured hands in just about every single major operation either the White House or her husband’s political campaign has been involved with.
It’s All About Jill Biden’s Ego (and the Money)
This is the real power behind the throne. It is why a man like Joe Biden, who is clearly declining mentally and physically, is still being propped up as the figurehead: because this is Jill Biden’s big break. She’s not voicing decisions. But she is in the room, shaping the conversation, and effectively ensuring that all the proverbial stars align in a way that she favors. People looking at Joe Biden sympathetically, who can see that he is unwell, often wonder why his family would be doing this to him.
It’s to stroke the First Lady’s ego.
Dr. Jill Biden has ascended to heights in America that she probably never conceived. With her hand on the wheel, the First Lady not only steers the country—a daunting thought since nobody voted for her—but she can also ensure that the Biden Syndicate continues to enjoy its massive payday; that her family can still leverage her husband’s job to get paid by powerful foreign interests for access.
Should Jill Biden allow for her husband to leave the White House after his term in office, all that goes away. The ego trip would be over. The money evaporates immediately. Someone like Jill Biden can’t just let that go.
Forget about the other power centers in the Biden Administration (those that are still loyal to the Obamas or the Clintons). The real power is Jill Biden, America’s first unelected female president. And that should scare you bigly.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.