First lady Jill Biden told donors her husband’s political agenda has been sidetracked by unexpected crises at home and abroad.
Biden, 71, made the comments during a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Nantucket, Massachusetts, as President Joe Biden wrapped up his four-day trip to the Middle East, according to CNN.
Her comments came after polls recently found that most Democrats don’t want the president seeking a second term. His approval rate was a dismal 33%, and only 13% of Americans thought the country was heading in the right direction, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday.
“[The President] had so many hopes and plans for things he wanted to do, but every time you turned around he had to deal with the issues of the moment,” the First Lady reportedly told about two dozen people in a private home.
Jill Biden cited gun violence, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Supreme Court’s revocation of Roe v. Wade, and opposition to signature legislation within his own party as examples of unforeseen obstacles her husband has faced.
“He just got so many things in his way,” she reportedly said. “Who would have ever thought about what happened? [with the Supreme Court overturning] Roe to Wade? Well, maybe we saw it coming, but still we didn’t believe it. The gun violence in this country is absolutely appalling. We did not see the war in Ukraine coming.”
Setbacks at home and abroad had also curtailed her own agenda, Biden said, according to the network.
“I said to myself, ‘Okay, I was Second Lady. I worked on community colleges. I worked on military families. I worked on cancer.’ They were supposed to be my focus areas, but when we… [in the White House,] With everything that happened, I had to be the First Lady of the moment.”
It was the second fundraiser Biden attended on a three-day trip to the Bay State. On Thursday, she reportedly spoke to donors at a private event in Andover.