Are Jill Biden and Michelle Obama still friends? FLOTUS sends 'delicious' gift from White House kitchen garden
The 'instant bond' that Michelle and Jill shared was effortless and deep from their eight-year-long tenure as the first and second ladies respectively
Proving that the friendship fostered between the current First Lady Jill Biden and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama — back when their husbands used to work together in the White House — is still very much alive, Michelle took to social media to share a "delicious" gift sent to her by Jill from the very garden she started building back in 2009.
The photo, posted on Tuesday, January 2, by Michelle on Instagram, was a care basket full of broccoli, turnips and various greens. “So thankful for this beautiful care package from our amazing @FLOTUS! These fresh veggies from the White House Kitchen Garden were such a wonderful—and delicious—surprise. Love you, Jill!” To this, Jill, responded, “Food is love.”
Michelle stands up for Jill
The care package might be a long time coming as Michelle had stood up for her friend Jill after a Wall Street Journal op-ed questioned the first lady's use of the doctor title once she entered the White House because she was not a "real" doctor.
"Right now, we’re all seeing what also happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr, Ms, Mrs, or even First Lady: All too often, our accomplishments are met with skepticism, even derision. We’re doubted by those who choose the weakness of ridicule over the strength of respect. And yet somehow, their words can stick—after decades of work, we’re forced to prove ourselves all over again," wrote Michelle in an Instagram post at the time.
"[Dr Biden] will be a terrific role model. not just for young girls but for all of us, wearing her accomplishments with grace, good humor, and yes, pride. I’m thrilled that the world will see what I have come to know—a brilliant woman who has distinguished herself in her profession and with the life she lives every day, always seeking to lift others up, rather than tearing them down," she added.
Their instant bond
The "instant bond" that Michelle and Jill shared was effortless and deep from their eight-year-long tenure as the first and second ladies respectively. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, the two of them revealed that the duo rarely spent much time in Washington. They enjoyed sharing wine while traveling together. They made joint appearances on 'The Voice' together and went to Invictus Games with Prince Harry.
They spent years working together under the Joining Forces Initiative, which focused on supporting service members, veterans and military family members. The two ladies made appearances at multiple events supporting the program.
At the final event for Joining Forces, Jill and Michelle could not stop gushing about each other in an interview for People magazine. Michelle was brought to tears after Jill introduced her as "a true role model, especially for young girls."
"She is one of my dearest friends," Michelle said the time. "And, as Jill said, we're family. This is my girl right here. We have laughed together. We have been silly together. We have cried a lot. We've been there for each other as much as we can throughout this amazing journey. And Jill is not just brilliant, but she is kind. She is very funny. And she is one of the strongest people I know. I love and admire her with all my heart."