"She has a backbone like a ramrod... Thank God that when I'm really down, she steps in, and when she's really down, I'm able to step in."
On the morning of January 20, two marines opened up the doors of the US Capitol and out walked Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. At that moment, it all sunk in for Jill as her husband was soon going to be sworn in as the 46th president of the country.
"It hit me," said Jill, seeing months of work culminate to a historic Inauguration Day.
"I could just feel this lump in my throat," she told People. "And two of my grandkids said to me, 'Nana, we saw that it hit you.' I thought that was so funny, because I thought I was hiding it so well."
It was an Inauguration Day unlike any other for several reasons, given the tense mood the country has been in since the election results. But as the Bidens turned over a new chapter for the country, they had the support of their surviving children Hunter and Ashley, as well as their six grandchildren, all of whom were present as they proudly supported Joe Biden on the big day.
If there's one thing the Bidens have drawn focus to without excessively talking about it except for in a few interviews, it is their strong bond as a family, and how Joe and Jill Biden have been together for the last four decades of their lives. The two have now given their first interview together as the presidential couple.
They stepped into history "together," Jill said while her husband agreed as he sat next to her during the interview.
"Together, all of us," the 78-year-old president said.
With their new roles of president and first lady came a new home—the White House—which feels "surreal ... but it's comfortable," Biden said.
"...It didn't seem like that much was changing, including the Inauguration, until we walked through the door with our grandkids," he added. "It was like oh, I guess things have changed!"
Talking about their new home to People, 69-year-old Jill added, "The residence staff has been so great, trying to make it feel like home for us. We have family pictures all around, our books, some furniture we brought from home."
As they gave their very first interview from the White House, the couple reflected on their marriage and how they have been able to stay strong despite the pressure and many challenges that come with being in politics.
"She has a backbone like a ramrod... Thank God that when I'm really down, she steps in, and when she's really down, I'm able to step in. We've been really supportive of one another..."
Dr. Jill Biden, who is balancing her role as the First Lady with her career in teaching said, "All that we've been through together—the highs, the lows and certainly tragedy and loss—there's that quote that says sometimes you become stronger in the fractured places. That's what we try to achieve."
Having lost his first wife and his daughter in a tragic accident, Biden has often praised Jill for making him believe his family could be complete again. "Jill came along at a really important point and put my family back together. She's the glue that held it together, and I knew that I wanted to marry her shortly after I met her... It's not that we don't fight and argue sometimes. I'm just lucky."
Jill laughed and said, "Well, after 43 years of marriage there's really not that much more to fight about."
When Biden was asked whether he could do his job without his wife, the president replied, "We each could do our jobs, but not as well as we do them."