- Jill Biden gave an exclusive interview for “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
- The first lady said that she and President Biden have a nightly dinner date at the White House.
- During their nightly dates, they “just sit and talk for a while” and don’t use their phones.
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden make room in their schedules every night for a dinner date, sans technology.
The first lady spoke with Kelly Clarkson in an exclusive interview that aired Thursday about going through a divorce, life in the White House, her scrunchie-clad fashion statement, and the Bidens’ family traditions.
“How have traditions in general really helped your family? Because now you and President Biden have a date night … y’all have dinner every night?” Clarkson asked Biden.
The first lady responded: “He’s so busy, I’m so busy, but we do keep dinner. We have dinner together, no phones – the phones have to be off – and now we’re having dinner in this beautiful home, and there’s a fireplace in the dining room, and they light the fire, and we just sit and talk for a while.”
“And then he has to go back to work into the night, and I’m grading papers,” Biden said.
The first lady told Clarkson that in addition to the nightly dates, she and the president make an effort to continue having dinner with all of their family members on Sunday nights.
“We try to keep the Sunday night dinners. I mean, It’s been a little busy lately, but we still do it, and the kids look forward to it. I think traditions really ground kids,” Biden said.
She added: “It was funny, recently, my granddaughters called me and said, Nana – and you know, I love to have a beautiful table with candles and flowers or whatever I can find to put on it – and they said, ‘Nana, we’re making our own dinner, and we’re doing it Nana style. We have our candles.’ And so, some of it has permeated. I hope they continue on the traditions too.”
The talk show host and singer also asked Biden how she unwinds.
“I love to exercise, and I run, I bike – it clears my head, and that’s really important to me,” the first lady said. “I think all women should have something – it doesn’t have to be exercise, although hopefully it would be – just to take a moment for yourself. So I get up early, and that’s my time that I have for myself.”