Jill Biden apparently has one tool at her disposal for punishing her husband, the president, when he disagrees– and this is to send him to sleep alone in the Lincoln Bedroom.
Joe Biden joked on the topic as he welcomed the Major League Baseball World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers at the White House on Friday.
Commenting on Kamala Harris’ remark that her husband Doug Emhoff had come home wearing a Dodgers jersey the night before (she supports a different team) Biden said that he has encountered the same problem with his own spouse.
“I tell you what — well, you know, we have — you know, when you talk about mixed families, I got a mixed family and she’s got a mixed family, based on baseball and sports. I’m not going to mention that team in northern California, in the San Francisco area. And I’m not going to mention that team in Philadelphia,” he told the team.
“My wife is a Philly girl from her belt buckle to her shoe soles. And if — if I root for anybody but the Phillies, I’ll be sleeping in The Lincoln Bedroom alone,” Biden quipped.
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While honoring the Dodgers World Series Title @JoeBiden couldn't help but bring up the @Phillies
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It would have been simply a funny joke if Biden hadn't repeated it… on the same day.
Speaking to the National Education Association later on Friday, the US President praised the organisation, which his wife is a part of, as “indispensable”. After all, it is one of top donors to Democrats, according to numbers given by the Center for Responsive Politics.
“And again, I’m, not saying this because of something, Jill, I would, in truth if I didn’t support the NEA I’d be sleeping in The Lincoln Bedroom alone and that’s not where we sleep. We don’t sleep in The Lincoln Bedroom. I’d be sent down to it,” he joked again, prompting laughter.
To raise the issue of being punished by his wife for not sticking to her way of thought or her baseball preferences… well it seems something was really going on in Biden’s mind at the moment.
“I'll bet Joe Biden sleeps in the Lincoln Bedroom every night,” one user joked on Twitter.
It looks like Biden just showed the public once again he was not the one in charge (well, at least not in his family). But there is no need to overthink too much here – maybe Biden simply loved the joke.