US first lady says President Biden is ready to run for 2024

US First Lady Jill Biden says there is “almost” nothing left to do but choose a time and place for President Joe Biden’s re-election announcement.

NAIROBI, Kenya — U.S. First Lady Jill Biden has given one of the clearest signs yet that President Joe Biden will run for a second term, told the AP news agency in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. Six that “almost” has nothing to do but figure out when and where to announce.

Although Biden has long said he intends to run for re-election, he has yet to officially announce it and he is struggling to dispel questions about whether he is too old to continue as president. system or not. Biden will be 86 years old at the end of his second term.

“How many times does he have to say it for you to believe it?” The first lady said in Nairobi, the second and final stop of her five-day tour of Africa.

She added, “He said he wasn’t done. He hasn’t finished what he started. And that’s what’s important.”

Granddaughter Naomi Biden, who was on the trip, cheered the first lady’s comments after the interview.

“Preach nana,” she said above Twitter.

Biden aides say an announcement is likely to be made in April, after the first quarter of fundraising ends, around the time President Barack Obama officially kicks off his re-election campaign .

The first lady has long been described as a key figure in Biden’s trajectory as he plans his future.

“Because I’m his wife,” she laughed.

She ignored the question of whether she had the vote to decide whether the president would run for re-election.

“Of course he would listen to me, because we are a couple,” she said. But, she later added, “he will decide for himself, trust me.”

The wide-ranging interview took place on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Jill Biden recalled her trip to the country last May to meet the besieged country’s first lady, Olena Zelenska.

They visited a school used to help migrants fleeing the war. Jill Biden said some families hid underground for weeks before escaping.

“We thought, how long can this go on? And here we are, a year later,” she said. “And look at what the Ukrainians did. I mean, they’re very strong and resilient, and they’re fighting for their country.”

The first lady added: “We all hope that this war will end soon, because we see every day the damage, the violence, the horror on our televisions.” “And we couldn’t believe it.”

Jill Biden also spoke publicly about her skin cancer diagnosis for the first time, prompting doctors to remove multiple basal cell lesions in January.

“I thought, oh, that’s just something on my eye, you know,” she said. “But then they said, no, we think it’s basal cell.”

Then doctors examined her breasts, she said, and they said “it’s definitely basal cell.”

“So I’m lucky,” the first lady said. “Trust me, I’m so lucky they caught it, they took it out and I’m fine.”

Raising awareness about cancer screening has been the cornerstone of her advocacy efforts for years, even before her son, Beau, died of a brain tumor nearly a decade ago. She often says the three worst words people can hear are “you have cancer.”

When it was his turn to hear the doctor say so, Jill Biden said, “it was a little harder than I thought.”

Now, she says, she’s “extremely careful” about sunscreen, especially when she’s at the beach, which she describes as “one of my favorite places in the world.” “.

Jill Biden is the only first lady to continue her career alongside ceremonial duties, teaching writing and English to community college students. At the age of 71, she said she is not ready to think about retirement.

“I know that I will know when enough is enough,” she said. But not now.”

She said she left detailed lesson plans with a substitute teacher while she was traveling and that she texted students while she was traveling. She plans to return to class at 8 a.m. Tuesday, after returning home from Africa around 3 a.m. Monday.

Education has become a hotbed in American politics, especially with conservative activists and politicians trying to limit discussion of race and sex in the classroom.

“I don’t believe in book bans,” she said.

She added: “I think teachers and parents can work together and decide what children should be taught.”

In the interview, Jill Biden reflected on the legacy of former President Jimmy Carter, who recently began hospice care at home. The Carter Center, established by the former president after leaving the White House, is key to eliminating the Guinea worm parasite in African countries.

“It was the perfect example,” she said. “He is a humble man. He didn’t come out and scream, ‘Look what I did.’ He just does the job.

Jill Biden recalled Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, contacted the night before Joe Biden’s inauguration two years ago.

“They called and said congratulations,” she said. And that means a lot to me and Joe.”

She also talked about visiting the Carters at their home in Plains, Georgia, at the beginning of Biden’s presidency.

“This is not just two presidents. These are two friends,” she said. “Actually four friends who have really supported each other over the years.” US first lady says President Biden is ready to run for 2024

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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