Moments before he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden shared a very personal clip showing a tender, private moment between him and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, as she reached for his hand to let him know she was there for him.
“I love you, Jilly, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you with me on the journey ahead,” he lovingly wrote about the First Lady. The endearing moment between the pair symbolizes everything the Biden’s marriage has been known for: affection, strength and triumph.
When Joe and Jill first met in 1975, they were at very different points in their lives. Three years earlier, Joe lost both his wife, Neilia Biden, and his 1-year-old daughter, Naomi, in a horrific car accident in which a tractor-trailer slammed into their family vehicle. Their two young sons, Hunter and Beau, survived.
Jill, meanwhile, was a senior at the University of Delaware, who was just about to graduate. The blonde beauty was pondering what to do next with her life when Joe’s brother Frank Biden introduced the pair.
After four failed marriage proposals (Jill kept saying no), she finally gave in, and the two tied the knot in a low-key ceremony at the United Nations Chapel in New York City in 1977. The two share one child together, Ashley Biden. Throughout the years, the duo’s love has remained strong, as he went from Senator, to Barack Obama’s VP, to now President of the United States.
Tonya Reiman, author of three books on body language and human behavior, exclusively tells OK!, that when you look at pictures of Joe and Jill together, they are still reminiscent of a “young couple in love," which is a stark contrast from the previous President, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump.
“With the Biden's we see a couple who are very comfortable with one another and it seems natural for the two to lock hands whether interlaced or palm to palm,” she said, while the Trump's seem like “two individuals who are uncomfortable with each other.”
It's hard to forget about the time that Melania pulled her hand away from Donald after the presidential debate in October. This wasn’t the first time that the First Lady had recoiled at the touch of her husband’s hand, either. In the past, she would pull away or simply walk ahead of Donald to avoid any personal connection.
"We consistently see Melania avoiding any touch by Trump, whether holding hands or general touching (even when President Trump would attempt to hold her back — escort her — she would pull away),” Reiman tells OK!, noting that in particular Trump’s face “after being rebuffed by Melania” at the debate “speaks volumes” about their relationship.
Melania and Donald’s love story is a little different than the Biden's. In September 1998, as part of New York City’s Fashion Week festivities, then 28-year-old model Melania Knauss attended a party at the Kit Kat Club in Times Square, where she caught the eye of the 52-year-old real-estate mogul, who was in the midst of divorcing his second wife, Marla Maples.
After several break-ups, the two tied the knot in 2005. They share one child together, Barron Trump. Donald has four other children from his previous relationships: Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump.