WATCH: Jill Biden Delivers Cookies & Thanks to National Guard Troops
Dr. Jill Biden demonstrated Friday afternoon what it’s like for a First Lady to truly be best when she visited National Guard troops on Capitol Hill to deliver them chocolate chip cookies and the thanks of her family and a grateful nation.
“I just wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe,” Biden said. “The Bidens are a National Guard family. Our son Beau was in the Delaware Army National Guard, served for a year in Iraq. I’m a National Guard mom.”
She told the assembled troops that she appreciates the sacrifice they had all made by leaving their home states to help protect the nation’s capital during her husband’s inauguration.
“The White House baked you some chocolate chip cookies. I can’t say that I baked them all myself but I helped,” she said, adding that they were “a small thank you for your service and your families’ service. I really appreciate all that you do. The National Guard will always have a special place in the hearts of all the Bidens.”
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden: "I know that you've left your home states. The Bidens are a National Guard family," noting that her late son Beau served in the Delaware Army National Guard.
"I'm a National Guard mom … I truly appreciate all that you do." https://t.co/HWLfmeKrLO
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 22, 2021
Biden’s visit was probably the better part of the day than first thing in the morning when hundreds of troops were forced to sleep in an unheated parking garage after being kicked out of the Capitol. While Guard members all have hotel rooms, they’re mostly in neighboring Virginia and Maryland so they had been using various rooms in the Capitol to nap and relax between guard shifts.
After much finger pointing Friday morning, whoever made the decision to send Guard members to the Senate parking garage reversed course and they were allowed back into Capitol building.