First Lady Jill Biden has granted several interviews in recent weeks where she has weighed in on her husband’s 2024 plans while defending his accomplishments and mental acuity.
While visiting Africa last month, Jill told CNN that she tries to maintain a “good balance” in what kind of advice and insight she offers to her husband, noting that she may look at things differently than President Biden, so she wants to help him see “both sides.”
In another interview from Africa, Jill assured Associated Press reporter Darlene Superville that Joe Biden will be running for reelection in 2024, explaining that her husband has often said that he wants to finish what he started.
When Superville asked if all that was left was for Biden and the White House staff to determine the “time and place” for his reelection announcement, Jill said, “Pretty much,” adding that voters elected Biden because they wanted “steady leadership,” and they “saw that in Joe.”
Jill told Superville that her husband “brought us out of chaos” and Americans are just now beginning to see the results of Biden’s legislative successes.
In the CNN special interview that aired on Monday, Jill also went to bat for her 80-year-old husband by dismissing Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s suggestion that politicians over 75 should have their mental competency tested.
An irritated Jill called Haley’s proposal “ridiculous,” adding that something like a mental capacity test shouldn’t even be discussed.
Defending her 80-year-old husband’s cognitive abilities, Jill claimed that even some 30-year-olds could not “travel to Poland” and then take the train to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
Jill said Americans only have to look at Joe Biden and “what he’s doing” every day to know he doesn’t need to have his mental competency tested.