Her husband has quite the reputation for awkward kisses – and it seems Dr Jill Biden does too.
During an event at the White House on Thursday, she planted a kiss on the cheek of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos.
The encounter happened at the podium in the State Dining Room of the White House, shortly after Michelle Obama marked the fifth anniversary of a nationwide initiative supporting veterans.
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Dr. Jill Biden (right) plants a kiss on the cheek of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos at a White House event
And Mrs Obama said the next president of the United States should continue to make a ‘national priority’ of supporting service members, veterans and their families.
The first lady and Dr. Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, created ‘Joining Forces’ in 2011 to help retiring and returning service members find jobs, help spouses transfer professional licenses after they move to another state and provide other support.
Mrs Obama said that more than 1.2 million veterans and spouses have been hired or trained since the launch.
She announced that 40 companies have pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years.
Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, appeared with her and said the online retailer will hire 25,000 veterans over the period, nearly one-fourth of the total.
Mrs Obama said service members don’t stop learning when they hang up the uniform and are eager to ‘find their next mission’ and use their training and talent to serve the country at home.
The encounter happened at the podium in the State Dining Room of the White House on Thursday
Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, appeared at the event that marked the fifth anniversary of a nationwide initiative supporting veterans
The first lady and Dr. Biden created ‘Joining Forces’ in 2011 to help retiring and returning service members find jobs. Above, Mrs Obama with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (right) and Kathleen Carroll, head of Amazon’s military outreach program (center)
From left, Amazon’s head of military outreach Kathleen Carroll, Amazon fouder Jeff Bezos and Dr. Jill Biden participate in an event announcing commitments from more than 50 companies that have pledged to hire and train veterans and military spouses
Giving them the opportunity is the least the nation can do, she told an audience of business leaders.
‘So we need to keep up this momentum,’ the first lady said. ‘And I will say this again and again and again: No matter who is in the White House next, this should absolutely continue to be a national priority with national leadership coming from this building.’
The announcement was part of a month-long series of events by Mrs Obama and Dr Biden to mark the program’s anniversary.
President Barack Obama, Biden and their wives were headed to nearby Andrews Air Force Base later on Thursday to open a USO comedy show in observance of Military Appreciation Month.
Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, said the online retailer will hire 25,000 veterans over the next five years
Mrs Obama announced that 40 companies have pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years
First lady Michelle Obama speaks as Jeff Bezos (right) the founder and CEO of Amazon, listens, during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House
First lady Michelle Obama hugs Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com during the event
The event marks the anniversary of ‘Joining Forces’ and the 75th year of the USO, a military service organization.
Former ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart is headlining the extravaganza for some 1,500 service members and their families.
David Letterman, former host of ‘The Late Show,’ is scheduled to appear, and producer and writer Judd Apatow is among the comedians who are expected to perform.
Obama leaves office in January.
LEARNING FROM THE MASTER? JOE BIDEN AND HIS CAREER IN KISSES
If there is one thing we have learned about Joe Biden since he took the office of Vice President in 2009, it’s that he is a very affectionate man.
It seems at every photo opportunity over the years, he has enjoyed a peck or two on the cheek (or even on the lips!) and is clearly fond of whispering in the ears of women.
From a recent awkward shot of Biden rubbing the shoulders of Stephanie Carter to the the teenage daughter of Senator Chris Coons recoiling as Biden leaned in to kiss her head, here are some of Biden’s best:
Biden receives a kiss from Hillary Clinton at the end of the Democratic party’s presidential candidates debate at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, on April 26, 2007
Biden kisses Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as he arrives at the International Association of Chiefs of Police during their annual convention in Orlando, Florida, on October 25, 2010
Biden kisses first lady Michelle Obama as she takes the stage with President Barack Obama at a St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House on March 17, 2011
Biden cozied up to a biker chick over lunch at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio, on September 9, 2012
Biden kisses Paul Ryan’s wife Janna Ryan as Ryan’s mother Betty talks with Biden’s wife Jill (right) at the end of the U.S. vice-presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky, on October 11, 2012
Joe Biden kisses U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor after taking the oath of office during the official swearing-in ceremony at the Naval Observatory on January 20, 2013
Biden kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on January 28, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden leans in to kiss former Rep. Gabby Giffords before President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress in Washington on January 12, 2016
Maggie Coons looks uncomfortable as Joe Biden leans in to kiss her head after Biden administered the Senate oath to her father Chris Coons on January 6, 2015
Ashton Carter (right) makes remarks after he was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Defense as his wife Stephanie and Vice President Joe Biden listen on February 17, 2015