WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2010 - The wife of the nation’s vice president walked into a crowded gym at a dusty Army base in the Iraqi desert and was greeted like a rock star.
Soldiers were crowded onto bleachers -- a sea of camouflage uniforms – and let out a thunderous cheer and applause at the sight of Dr. Jill Biden, who glided in with her signature warm smile. She was dressed to the nines in a chic dress and heels, seemingly unaffected by the rocky terrain and egg-boiling July temperatures.
The soldiers quickly formed a huge, snaking line to meet her, each with a camera or smart phone in hand. Biden warmly greeted each soldier with a few words and a motherly hug, and posed for photo after photo with anyone who asked.
“I’m a military mom,” she told them, referring to her son, Army Capt. Beau Biden of the Delaware Army National Guard. “I feel like you are my extended family.” Story