On Tuesday, First Lady Jill Biden took a trip to West Valley City High School in Utah to celebrate educators and discuss the importance of their well-being.
The visit was done as part of her ongoing campaign for the reelection of her husband, President Joe Biden. With her husband’s growing popularity, it is no surprise that Mrs. Biden is actively hitting the road to garner support from voters across the country.
During her stop at the high school, Mrs. Biden spoke to a crowd of educators and students about the profound impact of education. She emphasized the importance of teachers and their role in shaping future generations, stating, “Never underestimate your power or your worth. Right now, someone out there is a better thinker because of you. Someone is working a little harder because you pushed them to try. Someone is braver because you helped her find her courage.” Mrs. Biden went on to discuss the challenges that educators face and the weight that comes with their important role in society.
Jill Biden trying to distract from her comments about Hunter’s drug abuse, and ending up under a giant banner reading “Hunter High,” is straight out of a VEEP episode pic.twitter.com/8yy1yHqfvm
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) January 17, 2024
Despite her good intentions, Mrs. Biden’s speech quickly went awry when she mentioned the name of the high school – Hunter High. As the First Lady spoke at a school with the same name as her troubled stepson, social media erupted with memes and quips about the coincidence. One Twitter user wrote, “Jill Biden speaks at ‘Hunter High’ and I’m the only one who finds this ironic? It writes itself…” The irony was certainly not lost on the internet, especially given Hunter Biden’s history of substance abuse, defying Congressional subpoenas, and suspicious foreign business dealings.
While Mrs. Biden’s speech focused on uplifting and supporting educators, her husband’s presidency has been marred by scandals involving his son’s questionable activities. Hunter Biden has been a topic of discussion in political circles ever since news of his laptop and its contents broke last year. While President Biden has repeatedly come to his son’s defense, the allegations against Hunter continue to follow him.
Despite the controversy, the First Lady continued to push forward with her message of hope and support for educators. Mrs. Biden’s staff made the decision to have her speak at Hunter High, likely without the realization of the implications it would have. While it may have been an innocent mistake, it certainly did not go unnoticed by the public.
As the First Lady continues to travel and advocate for her husband’s reelection, it is important for her team to be mindful of the venues and settings they choose. While Mrs. Biden may have been able to brush off the irony of speaking at Hunter High, it is a reminder of the baggage that comes with being a part of the Biden family. However, their political clout and support from the public may be enough to overlook these missteps.
As the 2022 midterm elections approach, it is crucial for the Democratic party to maintain the support of educators and other key demographics. With Mrs. Biden’s focus on education and her husband’s promises of better support for educators, they may be able to secure the votes they need. But as her recent trip to Hunter High showed, every move and word will be scrutinized by the public and the media. Only time will tell if the Bidens’ efforts will be successful in securing another term in the White House.
— William J. Smith (@WilliamJSmithJr) January 17, 2024